Update: Nintendo not abandoning 8GB Wii U Basic model
There's been some uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Wii U Basic model following a report that GameStop was to have all of its stock of the 8GB model recalled by June 18th. According to Nintendo, the Wii U Basic will still be available.
In a response to our inquires Nintendo explained, "There is a current misperception about Wii U hardware."
"To clarify: Nintendo is working with its retail partners to simply re-balance the stock of the White 8GB and the Black 32GB Wii U models in the market. Consumers looking for either model will continue to find them available."
The Wii U's white 8 GB Basic Set retails for $299.99 and its black 32 GB Deluxe Set, which includes a copy of Nintendo Land and additional accessories, retails for $349.99.
There's no denying the Wii U Deluxe is the better option of the two. For just $50 more, you can get 24GB of extra space and a free game. Considering some games can't even fit on the Wii U Basic's internal storage after the mandatory update, you're better off dishing out the few extra dollars. Or maybe Nintendo would be better off just scrapping the Basic model.