After months of denying the Wii U would get a price drop Nintendo has back peddled and decided to do one anyway. Being an early adopter of the Wii U this irks me a bit. Had I just waited I could've saved $50 AND gotten Wind Waker HD with the system. Nintendo better have an ambassador program for us early adopters like they did for early 3DS owners.
IGN Article - Wii U Price Drop Confirmed
Thanks, I want to add that there hasn't even been a mention of an Wii U ambassador program that's just me hoping and speculating. The same thing happened for 3DS, it was struggling in the beginning but they dropped the price. Early adopters got mad and Nintendo announced the ambassador program which gave them 10 free games. I strongly hope that this happens for Wii U early adopters too other wise I'll feel ripped off for not only having paid $50 more than I should've but for also not getting Wind Waker HD packed in with the system.
I don't think there is much to get upset about. There has been a Wii U available at this price since launch so Nintendo can technically say this isn't even a price cut.
There were several games for 30 cents already that only early adopters could get at that price. (If you do the math, 3ds ambassadors paid $3.50 for each of their games)
The current deluxe set gives you a physical copy of a game while this is digital. It also does not mention if this bundle includes the charging cradle, stands, or the digital deluxe promotion.
I got my deluxe set for cheaper than this anyway actually....for $285 basically since I got a $50 gift card and 5% off when I bought mine.
I knew a price cut was going to happen, wish they could actually get it down to $250 at least though like the Wii was. That way they would have the same price advantage as last generation (competing with a $400 and $500 consoles at launch). The Wii U doesn't have the noveltly and buzz that the Wii had so I don't think it is good longterm to have not have that price advantage at the same level.
The 3DS price drop was way different. It went from $250 to $170 for the exact same console 5 months after launch.
By The way did you see they are making an Nintendo 2DS....cheaper 3DS that has no 3D and it is not a clamshell...looks like an ugly beast to me. Selling for $130
Last edited by blaisedinsd; 08-28-2013 at 12:41 PM.
A valid point but that doesn't sooth the anger of a lot of us early adopters cause, even though they'll pay more, new Wii U owners can take advantage of the $50 price cut, Wind Waker HD bundle AND still get those games and would probably still be around the $350-$375 mark. Whereas for early adopters, we paid $350+ tax for the system .30 for up to 7 games (total of $2.10 at the most) and if we want Wind Waker we gotta she'll out another $50-$60 for a grand total of over $400. So the new buyers still make out better.Originally Posted by blaisedinsd
Edit: New Wii U owners would get their Wii U, WWHD, and all the "trial period games" for no more than $348 while we early owners spent easily over $400 for the same, even with all 7 games at .30 cents. Not trying to argue, just stating my side of this as someone who feels a bit ripped off. Ps, I did all the math, that's how I came up with these figures
Edit 2: forgot to mention they also get Hyrule Historia as part of the WWHD HD Deluxe Wii U bundle, that's another $20 they save :P
Last edited by SNES_Master; 08-28-2013 at 06:39 PM.
Hate to burst your bubble, but:
SourceNintendo has no plans for a Wii U Ambassador program
Nintendo of America has confirmed that there will be no Ambassador program for Wii U early adopters.
Since Nintendo finally announced a price cut for the Wii U console, many people who have been early adopters of the system have hoped that it will see the same sort of Ambassador program that the 3DS received when Nintendo decided to cut the price for its handheld. When emailed to find out whether or not this would be the case for the Wii U, this is how Nintendo of America responded:
Hello,Obviously this is of some disappointment to Wii U owners who feel cheated as early adopters for buying the now discontinued Wii U Basic, since the Deluxe package is now being sold for the same price.
Thank you for taking the time to write with your questions regarding a Wii U Ambassador program. The Ambassador program is only available to any Nintendo 3DS owner who purchased their system before August 12, 2011 and there are no plans for a similar program for Wii U.
I know that this isn’t what you were hoping for, but we appreciate your support of our products now and in the future. I also want to assure you that your comments will be added to our records and made available for other departments at the company to use as they see fit.
Nintendo of America Inc.
That's disappointing. But they did also say they wouldn't be doing a price cut so maybe time will tell.
I mentioned it somewhere, just don't recall where, but the main reason, I think, for the 3DS Ambassador program was that the price drop happened only 4 months after launch. While Wii U is close to 10, it at least had a holiday season, which was fairly strong for its starting line up. It's just that nothing happened between Jan and July so sales tanked.
So since Nintendo did get one decent holiday season out of it, they don't feel that they have to "give us" anything like they did for the early 3DS adopters.