UK online games retailer ShopTo has cut the price of the basic Wii U console by 60 (about 25 per cent) following disappointing sales of Nintendo's latest system.
ShopTo is offering the 8 gigabyte White Basic Pack for 190 - while the Black 32GB Premium pack is on sale for 280. This discount offer follows retailer Asda's decision to cut the price of both models by 50.CVG understands that the Wii U trade price has not changed, however. It was previously claimed the trade price for the basic model was 205, meaning that - if the number is accurate - retailers are selling the systems at a loss.A stuttering start to the Wii U launch has placed pressure on Nintendo to offer more appealing software as well as lower stock prices.Wii U games accounted for about 1.6 per cent of total UK software sales in January, and it has been estimated that North American Wii U sales came in between 45,000 and 59,000 units during the same month.Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently pledged to continue supporting Wii U, but said: "We think Wii U is a great machine. It just has to sell more."In January, Nintendo lowered its annual Wii U sales forecast from 5.5 million units to four million following weaker than expected demand for the console.However, company president Satoru Iwata moved quickly to rule out the possibility of a Wii U price cut.