Wii U Premium priced at £179 at Argos and Amazon

UK retailer slashes £120 off the console's original RRP

UK retailers Argos and Amazon are selling Nintendo's Wii U deluxe edition for £179.99, marking a drastic discount of the system.

Earlier today Argos listed both the black Premium version with Nintendo Land and the white Basic version of the console at the newly discounted price.


This means a saving of £120 and £70 off their original prices respectively.

Now Amazon has matched it, also listing the Premium Wii U for £179.99.

By comparison, GAME is currently selling the Premium version for £229.99, while even a second-hand one from CeX with no copy of Nintendo Land is currently priced at £200.

Nintendo warned last week that it expects to post a net loss of 25 billion yen (£147m) for the financial year ending March 2014, citing much weaker-than-expected sales of Wii U hardware in particular.

As part of its announcement, Nintendo slashed its annual Wii U hardware sales forecast from nine million units to 2.8 million.

Globally, software for the original Wii still outsells the Wii U's. Meanwhile, the release of Super Mario 3D World - an acclaimed game that was expected to drive sales - has not stimulated the market, with the game failing to pick up meaningful sales in the west.