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post #1 of 16
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Fry's has a deal right now, where you can get a Wii U bundle for $350. It includes the Wii U Basic version ($299.99), plus Nintendoland ($59.99) and Sonic Racing ($39.99). Those 3 individual items total up to $399.97, but Fry's is selling it for $350. Kinda shocking to see discounting like this BEFORE xmas. I wouldn't be surprised to see something like this in January, but before Xmas ? Seems like desperation to me. Either Fry's just has way too many basic systems in stock that they are having a hard time selling, or they have way too many copies of Nintendoland and Sonic Racing.

http://www.frys.com/product/7504656
post #2 of 16
I think it has to do with it being the sucker bundle The system itself...
post #3 of 16
Who is the Fry's web designer related to? He the CEO's cousin or are they just stupid?

I haven't seen a website that bad in ten years.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by moothemagiccow View Post

Who is the Fry's web designer related to? He the CEO's cousin or are they just stupid?
I haven't seen a website that bad in ten years.


Yeah, that really does look like it's from 1997 or something.
post #5 of 16
If you guys think that's bad, you're lucky you aren't classic gamer's with a passion for Atari products.

Look around this website for a reminder of just how primitive a website can be (They're the go to guys if you need a part for a Atari console, handheld, or computer). They were out of date the first time I went online in 1997 or so and they've never updated their design since then.

http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/

Thankfully their inventory and their customer service are excellent, but that's one awful website.
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Originally Posted by FattiesGoneWild View Post

I think it has to do with it being the sucker bundle The system itself...

Yeah, I can't see anybody wanting the basic Wii U. The extra hard drive space alone make the deluxe worth the extra $50, and then you get a charge base (invaluable) and a game too? No brainer. I've seen several places sold out of the deluxe, but have basics in stock.
post #7 of 16
Obviously getting in under $300 was the goal, but the set just screams "incomplete, do not buy this!"
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post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Kurtiebird View Post

Yeah, I can't see anybody wanting the basic Wii U. The extra hard drive space alone make the deluxe worth the extra $50, and then you get a charge base (invaluable) and a game too? No brainer. I've seen several places sold out of the deluxe, but have basics in stock.

Unless you're going all digital and eschewing retail game releases on the Wii U, I think it remains to be seen if many people will need the extra space. There's no sign of optional game installations, WiiWare wasn't exactly chock full of great games on the Wii, etc. It's nice insurance to have though just in case it comes in handy.

One benefit going with white for some is so everything matches their existing Wii accessories. The vast majority of Wii accessories like Wiimotes/nunchucks, Classic Controller's, Classic Controller Pro's, and so on have been white.

So that's one minor benefit in favor of the basic model for the gamer that feels compelled to have everything match.
post #10 of 16
should've just let you pick the damned color
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Leo_Ames View Post

Unless you're going all digital and eschewing retail game releases on the Wii U, I think it remains to be seen if many people will need the extra space. There's no sign of optional game installations, WiiWare wasn't exactly chock full of great games on the Wii, etc. It's nice insurance to have though just in case it comes in handy.
One benefit going with white for some is so everything matches their existing Wii accessories. The vast majority of Wii accessories like Wiimotes/nunchucks, Classic Controller's, Classic Controller Pro's, and so on have been white.
So that's one minor benefit in favor of the basic model for the gamer that feels compelled to have everything match.

There are some pretty good download only games, such as Trine 2, which takes up nearly 2 GB all by itself. Also think of games with DLC such as Guitar Hero or Rock Band. That extra space can be pretty useful.
post #12 of 16
Oh no doubt, particularly if one wants to utilize this as their primary HD game console. But for many of us that do own a 360 and/or a PS3 and see this as more of a machine intended for Wii U exclusives, I think the rate of large downloads of interest will be fairly minimum. WiiWare, the Wii equivalent, wasn't exactly drowning in excellent games after all and I think I ended up with only about 10 games from the service. And that's probably at the high end of the spectrum on average.

And if someone wants to embrace the upcoming Wii U Virtual Console that we already know will include GameCube games in addition to other content (And I presume it will eventually include retail Wii releases), I imagine even 32 gigs will quickly become inadequate and all but necessitate an external hard drive.

But as for someone like myself sticking to discs when possible, the only potential download for a older disc release that I see myself downloading off their Wii U specific VC would be F-Zero GX (It was 16:9, a rarity for Nintendo published GCN games, so I wouldn't mind buying a download of it). And I'd buy downloads of Fatal Frame 4 and the Fatal Frame 2 remake if they were to somehow finally make their way out as Wii U Virtual Console downloads.

The one thing I could see making me really find 8 or even 32 gigs inadequate would be optional game installations like on the Xbox 360 or downloadable only HD remakes of Nintendo classics.
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Originally Posted by moothemagiccow View Post

should've just let you pick the damned color

I agree

It would've been nice to have the option of either color on both models.
Edited by Leo_Ames - 5/17/13 at 7:45pm
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Kurtiebird View Post

There are some pretty good download only games, such as Trine 2, which takes up nearly 2 GB all by itself. Also think of games with DLC such as Guitar Hero or Rock Band. That extra space can be pretty useful.

From what I've read, RB3 DLC can be moved from Wii to Wii U - but you still have to store it on an SD card - internal memory or ext drives are a no-go. When in Wii mode, Wii U still acts like a Wii - including sharing the same storage limitations the previous system had.
post #14 of 16
Doesn't Wii U in Wii mode allow you the same half a gig of allotted memory that a Wii does?

You don't have to store your DLC on an actual Wii on a SD card. It's just a handy feature addition that they made since a few hundred MB's of space only goes so far.
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Originally Posted by Leo_Ames View Post

Doesn't Wii U in Wii mode allow you the same half a gig of allotted memory that a Wii does?
You don't have to store your DLC on an actual Wii on a SD card. It's just a handy feature addition that they made since a few hundred MB's of space only goes so far.

I'm only basing the info off of what some Wii U owners have stated on the Rock Band forum, which I have been watching to see if RB DLC will in fact be playable on a Wii U ( a small, but still sorta important factor for me going w/ Wii U, as I have a truckload of RB tracks purchased via Wii, as well as Pro Drums, 2 guitars, a keyboard & a couple of mics).

AFAIK, Wii Mode does have roughly 512MB (give or take) available for "internal" storage....but the SD slots (or 1 of 'em anyway) can be used for storage of Wii specific stuff just as it was on Wii.

What they are saying @ the RB forum is.....

All RB3 store purchases made via your Wii will show as purchased in the in game Store post-transfer when you fire up Wii Mode & have the RB3 disc inserted.

Unless you only bought a couple of tunes, you HAD to have an SD card for DLC storage on Wii. As you stated, Leo....that 1/2 GB runs out pretty quickly, esp w/ RB3 DLC. RB3 files are larger than those from the RB2 Wii Store, even tracks bought thru RB2 that were "converted" to run in RB3 come up as bigger files than their predecessors. Add any Pro features to those tracks, and the file size gets even bigger.

Your old Wii SD card used for RB3 (or Beatles RB) will be useless...you have to re-DL your tracks to SD via Wii Mode just as you would have on Wii.

Those WIi RB3 users who purchased the Green Day RB or RB2 disc track packs are currently S.O.L. on transfer to Wii U use (for the latter, it will show has downloadable, but you have to shell out the 1000 Wii Points ($10) to have access to it again - the former is currently a no-go).

But online play works & of course all RB compatible gear will work fine.

I bought the Green Day stuff on a lark - game disc was on clearance @ Target for $5, I cashed in the enclosed code & my $10 in Points to get all Green Day disc tracks....and rarely played the vast majority of them. I can live without those tracks....but the RB2 tracks are more important....and not a big deal shelling out the $ to get 'em back.

Beatles RB tracks for Wii are also transferrable. In the case of that game, I have all the available DLC tracks - would just have to re-DL them to an SD card again. Of course, that game has no "transfer" issues involving other RB titles.


EDIT: According to several on the RB forums, Ninty & HMX got their stuff straight just before XMAS day. ALL Wii RB DLC is now transferrable, including the RB2 disc track & Green Day RB import packs.
Edited by jwebb1970 - 1/1/13 at 3:45pm
post #16 of 16
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Just a heads up, if anybody is looking to buy a Wii U, check your local Craigslist. There are people in my area selling brand new, never been opened Wii U's for $250. I'm very tempted, but would still have to shell out another $50 for Mario and just don't feel like spending $300 right now. Still, if somebody is looking for a wii U, it's a good deal.
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