UK retailers announce initial Wii U pricing details
We compare prices of Wii U bundles across all major retailers so you don't have to.
Michael Plant is chief editor and writer of gaming ezine and blog GamesCatalyst.com, as well as editor of 'The Independent'’s games review printed in the Saturday supplement 'Information'. Established in February 2011, Games Catalyst endeavours to bring its unique brand of fact and satire to the videogaming community and, in tandem with 'The Independent', hopefully turn a few non-believers on to gaming while we’re at it.
Monday 17 September 2012
UK retailers have responded to yesterday’s Nintendo Direct briefing – at which the Wii U’s EU release date was announced as 30th November – by announcing their own initial prices for the console.
While supermarkets ASDA and Tesco have yet to make their weight felt most other major retailers – Game, Play.com, Amazon, Blockbuster, Sainsbury’s, HMV – have confirmed pre-order prices; though don’t be surprised if these decrease the nearer we get to the Wii U launch window.
As it stands Sainsbury’s have come out strongest, offering the Wii U Premium bundle (which comes with family game Nintendo Land) and adding in Ubisoft’s survival horror ZombiU for £329.99, with Play.com and Game offering the exact same package for £20 more at £349.99.
Here’s the complete run-down of what we know so far:
Wii U Basic bundle
ASDA – TBC
Amazon – £249.00
Blockbuster – £249.99
Game – £259.99
HMV – £249.99
Play.com – £259.99
Sainsbury’s – £249.99
Tesco – TBC
Wii U Premium bundle
ASDA – TBC
Amazon – £299.00
Blockbuster – TBC
Game – £309.99
HMV – £299.99
Play.com – £309.99
Sainsbury’s – £299.99
Tesco – TBC
Wii U Premium bundle + ZombiU
Game – £349.99
Play.com – £349.99
Sainsbury’s – £329.99
Wii U games and accessories have also had prices attributed to them with most titles offered at £44.99-£49.99; a Wii U Pro Controller meanwhile will set you back £39.99; while a Wii U GamePad Cradle And Stand (for charging you devices in storage) is around £19.99 – though be aware that the same equipment is bundled as standard with the Wii U Premium bundle.
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