According to a report on Kotaku, the 8GB model of Nintendo’s Wii U console will be disappearing from store shelves in just a couple weeks.
A trusted retail source has told Kotaku that GameStop stores have been contacted with a message indicating that all new/unopened Wii U Basic systems will need to be returned on June 18th.
There’s no comment available yet from Nintendo or GameStop to explain the nature of the recall. The timing strongly suggests it isn’t a defect-instigated recall, but rather something to coincide with their upcoming E3 event on June 11th. The $300 package has always been out-sold by its big brother, the Wii U Deluxe, and for good reason; it’s a much better deal.
One of two scenarios is likely: a price drop or a new console package is on the way. It’s possible the Wii U Deluxe will drop to the $300 price tag currently occupied by the Basic. The other scenario could involve a new pack-in of one of Nintendo’s upcoming headliners.
The definitely-upcoming Mario and Zelda will move more Wii U consoles all on their own, but packing one of them in with the system could send them flying off shelves if Nintendo plans to have something ready for Christmas.