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Coffee Shop! The best Wii U Basic Set sale yet, and why it might make sense for many to buy it, instead of the Wii U Deluxe Set.

June 1, 2013

Coffee Beans
The White Wii U Basic Set released just over 6 months ago in the U.S. with a MSRP of $299.99. The system doesn’t include Nintendo Land ($59.99 MSRP) and it doesn’t include the Wii U GamePad Stand/Cradle Set ($19.99 MSRP), like the Wii U Deluxe Set ($349.99 MSRP) includes. Also, the Wii U Basic Set has 8 GB of internal storage (really only about 3 GB available for downloads and storage), while the Deluxe Set has 32 GB of internal storage (about 25 GB available for use).

For me, having Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and the extra memory was enough to justify the $50 price difference at launch for the Deluxe Set, and the Deluxe Digital Promotion was just icing on the coffee cake.

Now though, there is a Wii U Basic Set sale that might make more sense to buy over the Wii U Deluxe Set, for many people. If you have been holding off on getting a Wii U system until a price drop, now might be a good time to grab one. Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump to see a sales breakdown between the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set, and why buying the Wii U Basic Set might make more sense for you right now!

Totals as of current sales prices for individual items with the Basic Set.

The Brew
As the image above shows, right now you can get the Wii U Basic Set, along with a copy of Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and a 500 GB external HDD for only $334.86! The best thing about it, you can pick and choose which accessories and/or game(s) you want to buy with the Basic Set, and save even more.

Target currently has the Wii U Basic Set on sale for just $239.99, HERE, which is a 20% savings off its MSRP. Right now, you can get Nintendo Land on sale for under $30 and you can get the Wii U GamePad Stand/Cradle Set for under $20 from Amazon.com.

If you are concerned about extra memory for save files and eShop games, Virtual Console games, and perhaps even full digital retail games on the Wii U Basic Set, you can grab a 500 GB external HDD for $50 right now. If you already have an extra external HDD not being used, you can subtract $49.99 from the left total in the image. This means you can get the Wii U Basic Set with Nintendo Land and the GamePad charging cradle for $284.87.

If you aren’t concerned with extra HDD space, you could grab at least one other Wii U retail game at a regular MSRP of $59.99 and get the Wii U console, two games (at the very least), and the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set for under the cost of the Wii U Deluxe Set.

Really though, if you aren’t concerned about the color of the system, the Deluxe Digital Promotion (meaning, you don’t think you will download a lot of games, to take advantage of the offer), and the Wii U console stand doesn’t matter to you (we don’t even use our console stand, just the GamePad Stand/Cradle), then I really do think this is a great deal.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I am very interested in this Wii U Basic Set sale for my parents, because of a certain game that is supposed to be heading to the system, but hasn’t officially been announced yet. My parents wouldn’t probably ever need any extra HDD space, not care about the Deluxe Digital Promotion, and the color of the system wouldn’t matter.

While I have been debating on this Wii U deal for the last week now, I just wanted to make sure everybody around here that might be interested in a Wii U, is aware of the sale that is happening.

Personally, I’m guessing that Target is clearing inventory of the Wii U Basic Set, and Nintendo is allowing them to discount it without actually taking a loss. I think it will be interesting to see what Nintendo does for the Wii U Deluxe Set moving forward, and hopefully we know more about the Wii U’s future with E3 right around the corner.

Questions
If any of you don’t own a Wii U yet, does this sale make you interested in it, perhaps enough to grab it? If you don’t own a Wii U yet, but are waiting on a price drop, what would be the “magic” price for you to grab one?

You can see Nintendo Land, the GamePad Stand/Cradle Set, and the HDD on Amazon.com used for the prices in the image, below:

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Current Wii U trade-in values – Amazon.com, Best Buy, & GameStop

March 22, 2013

Coffee Beans
The Wii U released on November 18, 2012, just over 4 months ago now in the United States. As you may well know, the Wii U system released in two sets: the Deluxe Set with a MSRP of $349.99 and the Basic Set with a MSRP of $299.99.

Sony has already made the official announcement about the PlayStation 4, and while we don’t know a price point on it yet, you can already sign up on Amazon.com and at GameStop stores to be notified when they get more information.

Microsoft is supposed to be revealing information about their next console (Xbox, Durango?) soon,  and we don’t what the price(s) on that new system will be either.

You may own a Wii U and sometimes wonder what the current trade-in value is for it. If you’re thinking about trading in the Wii U now and putting the amount you get from it toward a new system, how much can you currently get for your Wii U system? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the current trade-in values for the Wii U Deluxe Set and Wii U Basic Set!

The Brew
First up, the good! Amazon.com is currently offering the highest trade-in value(s) on both the Wii U Deluxe Set and the Wii U Basic Set. If you choose to go with Amazon, the trade-in value is determined by your Wii U’s condition: “Like New”, “Good”, or “Acceptable”. The image below shows the current Amazon.com trade-in value(s) being offered, which you would receive in gift card form.

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As you can see in the image above, the “Like New” condition of the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set will get you a $173.50 or $222.40, respectively.

Next up, the bad! Best Buy now also does trade-ins on video games and consoles, if you perhaps didn’t know or possibly forgot about it. Like Amazon.com, Best Buy determines your Wii U’s trade-in value based on its condition. Best Buy’s determining conditions are: “Good”, “Fair”, “Poor” and “Not Working”. The image below shows the current Best Buy trade-in value(s) being offered for Wii Us, which also like Amazon, you would receive the trade-in value in gift card form.

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Best Buy’s best trade-in values, the “Good”, will get you $150.00 for the Wii U Basic Set or $175.00 for the Wii U Deluxe Set, as you can see in the image above. While not as high as Amazon.com’s current trade-in values, it is better then the next company’s!

Now, the ugly! GameStop. While GameStop is the only store that offers cash values as well as store credit, they are the lowest trade-in values of the three companies. Here are the current Wii U trade-in values being offered by GameStop:
1) The Wii U Deluxe Set will currently get you $120 store credit, plus there is an additional 30% trade-in bonus at least until this Sunday (March 24th). With the 30% trade-in bonus, you would get a total GameStop store credit of $156.
2) The Wii U Deluxe Set will currently get you $96 in cash value, $60 less than the store credit value, if you prefer cash over store credit.
3) The Wii U Basic Set will currently get you $80 store credit, and with the additional 30% trade-in bonus going on, the total GameStop store credit you would get is $104.
4) The Wii U Basic Set will currently get you $64 in cash value at GameStop, which is $40 less than the score credit.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I think Amazon.com’s trade-in values are the best, or “the good”, simply because it offers the highest trade-in value on both the Wii U Deluxe Set and the Wii U Basic Set right now. This was the case between Amazon.com and GameStop last year, when I reported on 3DS trade-in values before the 3DS XL released.

While I think it’s nice that GameStop does offer a cash value for the system(s), I don’t think that would be the best route to go if you’re wanting cash for it (depending how fast you need it). I would actually suggest looking at selling your Wii U system as “Used” on Amazon.com. Right now, used Wii U Deluxe Sets are starting at just above $280, and Wii U Basic Sets are selling “Used” for right around $260.

So, if you’re debating on trading off your Wii U perhaps to help buy the new PlayStation 4 and/or the next Microsoft console, hopefully this post will give you an idea of which route is the best to go.

Personally, I’m keeping our Wii U, though I am looking forward to learning more about the new consoles from the other consoles as well!

Questions
If you own a Wii U have you thought about trading your system off? If you don’t own a Wii U system yet, have you thought about possibly buying the system used and saving a few dollars?


If you’re thinking about buying a Wii U used, or new, here are a few games you might enjoy:

Can the Wii U GamePad be charged with a USB port on the console? Nintendo answers, sort of…

October 5, 2012

Coffee Beans
The Wii U’s release is just over a month away now, on November 18th. (44 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes 30 seconds away as of typing this!) Each Wii U console, whether the Deluxe Set or Basic Set, will come with a Wii U GamePad and apparently a Wii U GamePad AC Adapter. From the only pictures I have seen of it, the Wii U GamePad AC Adapter requires an AC outlet; meaning it must be plugged in a wall outlet or power strip.

While the Wii U GamePad can be charged with a cable that has to be plugged in a power outlet for it to charge the GamePad, I was curious if the Wii U GamePad can be charged with just a USB port on the console itself. After some searching and not finding any direct answer to the question, I contacted Nintendo to find out.

I asked, “Can the Wii U GamePad be charged using a USB port on the Wii U console, just with a separate cable; or, can it only be charged with a wall AC outlet?” Brew yourself some coffee, and see how Nintendo responded below!

The Brew
My first statement I sent to Nintendo on the Wii U GamePad charging issue was, “The Wii U GamePad can be charged via a cable that has to be plugged in a power outlet for it to charge the GamePad. Can the Wii U GamePad be charged using a USB port on the Wii U console, just with a separate cable; or, can it only be charged with a wall AC outlet?”

Nintendo responded, “The GamePad can also be charged using the charging cradle, which comes with the Deluxe Set.”

Good enough? Well, the response didn’t really address if the GamePad can charge using a USB port on the console, because it didn’t specify if the Wii U GamePad Cradle uses a USB port for charging purposes. I didn’t want to assume the Wii U GamePad Cradle uses a USB console port to charge, because the only images I had seen didn’t make it really clear.

So to be thorough and to clarify my original question, I sent over a follow-up question. I asked, “Does the Charging Cradle require an AC outlet, or can it be plugged into a USB port on the system? The only picture of the Deluxe System items shows the cable requires an AC outlet, no cable directly for a USB port.”

Nintendo then responded with, “We don’t have any information to share at this time.”

Caffeinated Thoughts
We have just over a month before the Wii U releases, and I’m finding it odd that Nintendo is having problems answering what I think should be simple questions about the console (and some games). I would assume the Wii U GamePad can be charged using a console USB port, but I don’t know that for sure.

If the GamePad can be charged using a USB port, why wouldn’t Nintendo just throw in a USB cable with each console, instead of producing a special Wii U GamePad AC Adapter for it? Wouldn’t a cable be cheaper and easier to mass produce, than a special Wii U GamePad AC Adapter?

You can see the Wii U GamePad AC Adapter in the image below, and also notice the Wii U Deluxe Set does not show an extra USB cable of any sort that would be used with the Cradle, just the standard AC Adapter cable.

If you are getting the Wii U Basic Set and are interested in the Wii U GamePad Cradle and Stand, you will be able to purchase it separately for $19.99.

Questions
Do any of you know from perhaps a Wii U Experience event, or hands-on perhaps at E3, if anybody specifically mentioned the Wii U GamePad being able to charge from just the console?

If the Wii U GamePad requires an additional AC outlet to charge, will that be an issue for anybody?

If you are interested in the Wii U, but haven’t pre-ordered one yet, you might want to keep an eye on the Amazon.com links below. Amazon.com is the last major online retailer to not open up pre-orders on the console, though some are expecting it not to happen at this point now:

Wii U’s Release Date, Price, Games, & Features – Caffeinated Thoughts

September 16, 2012


Coffee Beans
Nintendo’s Wii U press conferences have come and gone like Bowser and the Princess at the beginning of a Mario game. Nintendo had press events in Japan, North America, and Europe on Thursday to detail the Wii U’s release dates, prices, and games for those regions.

I like to let at least 24 hours pass after events before writing out my “final” thoughts on them, and with this I have allowed more than 72 hours for more details to surface. Being that I grind and brew my coffee in the U.S., this post will mainly be about the U.S. Wii U details.

What does a coffee addict think of Nintendo’s Wii U system details revealed on Thursday (and since)? Brew yourself a few cups of coffee, take a look at the system details, and then some caffeinated thoughts!

The Brew
Nintendo announced the Wii U will release on November 18, 2012 with two console configurations to choose from. The White Wii U Basic Set with a MSRP of $299.99, and the Black Wii U Deluxe Set with a MSRP of $349.99.

A picture says a thousands words I’ve heard, so below are two images from the Wii U Facebook I put together for a side-by-side shot., which will show you the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set launch bundles. Price, release date, and accessories included with each are shown. Take a look:

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If you want the fully roasted text version of the images, here’s what I have…

First up, the Wii U Basic Set consists of:

  • A White Wii U console.
  • A White Wii U GamePad.
  • 8GB of internal storage memory.
  • An AC adapter for the Wii U and GamePad.
  • A high speed HDMI cable.
  • A Wii U sensor bar.

Again, the White Wii U Basic Set has a MSRP of $299.99, and it should be clearly noted to all Wii U buyers, the Wii U Basic Set does not have a copy of Nintendo Land included.

Second, the Wii U Deluxe Set contains:

  • A Black Wii U console.
  • A Black Wii U GamePad.
  • 32GB of internal storage memory.
  • An AC adapter for the Wii U and GamePad.
  • A high speed HDMI cable.
  • A Wii U sensor bar.
  • A GamePad Charging Cradle.
  • A GamePad stand.
  • A Wii U console stand.
  • A physical copy of Nintendo Land.
  • Deluxe Digital Promotion (only with the Deluxe Set).
As mentioned above, the Black Wii U Deluxe Set has a MSRP of $349.99. If it’s not clear from the image and text (drink some coffee first), the extra $50 will get you a physical copy of Nintendo Land, 24GB of extra internal storage, the GamePad Charging Cradle and GamePad Stand, a Wii U console stand, and the Deluxe Digital Promotion which is a rewards type program for Wii U owners that might be purchasing digital content/games on the Wii U’s eShop.

Caffeinated Thoughts
As the Nintendo event started up Thursday morning, my coffee was just starting to brew. When Reggie said, “Wii U arrives in U.S. stores in another 66 days.”, I did the math super quick and knew November 18th before he even said it. My first thought was something like, “Call me Pachter! My prediction was wrong!”

While I originally thought releasing the Wii U on November 18th would be late and miss one key game launch this holiday season, I don’t see it as a horrible. Why? Well, there was a report of production issues with the Wii U console (GamePad related) that makes me think Nintendo isn’t worried about getting the Wii U out sooner, because more than likely the supply is going to very limited and will probably remain sold out during the holidays.

As for the prices of both Wii U bundles, I think they are $50 too much if they remain at those prices very long. I agree with Michael Pachter though, that Nintendo shouldn’t have a problem at these prices during the holiday season, and it allows them to have some price drop room if they need it. That being said though, if you are planning on buying a Wii U during the launch this year I think the Black Wii U Deluxe Set is the best value, because of what is included with it.

On the games, I thought the demo of Metroid Blast from Nintendo Land was great, and showed good use of the Wii U GamePad’s asymmetric gameplay capabilities. New Super Mario Bros. U, as of now, is already a purchase for me, so it didn’t really matter what they showed.

LEGO City: Undercover was my BEST. OF. SHOW. (More on that later. Deserves its own post.)

Seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 officially announced for the Wii U was great. I thought its use of the GamePad for a “splitscreen” multiplayer option was brilliant, and I’m very glad to see Treyarch trying new things with it. Also, I’m glad to know that Michael Pachter was wrong in his statement on Activision demanding the Pro Controller or no Wii U Call of Duty, and I’m glad that Treyarch took the stage and used the GamePad and didn’t simply guitar smash it to the ground, then stand on top of it with the Pro Controller smiling.

The Wonderful 101 looks really interesting to me, and I like how bright and crisp the visuals appear to be. I think the graphical style will remain fresh for years to come, as it appears to have a stylized “cartoon” look to me.

When Bayonetta 2 was announced as a Wii U “exclusive” published by Nintendo, it didn’t really excite me because I didn’t play the first game; but it did give me some hope that Nintendo is willing to work/pay third party developers for exclusive Wii U games, and hopefully content.

The one “new” feature Nintendo talked about that I thought was interesting and certainly bold, but not worth the amount of time dedicated to it, was Nintendo TVii. I would rather there have been a Nintendo Direct conference in October explaining Nintendo TVii in fuller detail, than them spending nearly 20 minutes of the Wii U press conference on it. Especially considering things they didn’t address, that I feel are more important about knowing and seeing how Nintendo has, or hasn’t, improved in certain areas.

Let me get my bitter thoughts out of the way now. Perhaps using bullet points will be the best way to do this, so I don’t go into a 500 page blog post.

So, what things didn’t I like about Nintendo’s Wii U press conference overall? The lack of information about the Wii U console features:

  • The words, “There will be no friend codes on the Wii U” were not spoken.
  • No demonstration of the GamePad’s NFC being used in Wii U launch games (or at all).
  • No mention of online play for Nintendo Land. (No Metroid Blast online mode? Really Nintendo?)
  • No real mention of online multiplayer gaming at all.
  • No mention of Nintendo “Accomplishments” being standard.
  • No details on the Wii U’s use of the “Nintendo Network”.
  • No demonstration of the eShop and interface.
  • No live demonstration of the video chat, or voice chat, Wii U feature.
  • No details/announcements of Virtual Console/WiiWare game transfers during the conference.
  • Nearly 20 minutes on Nintendo TVii.

As for online play in Nintendo Land, I honestly don’t see why that is not in the game, or maybe it is and Nintendo will reveal it in a Nintendo Direct video in October? Call me a skeptic though, because Nintendo has a pretty terrible history of not having online play in their Wii mini-game collections (Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, Wii Play). I would love to be proven wrong though.

What I don’t want to see…

So, did the Wii U conference convince me to buy the Wii U on November 18th when it releases? No. But, it did show me Nintendo has taken at least one small step in the right direction in working with third parties to get exclusives (Bayonetta 2), and seeing Black Ops 2 confirmed for the system was great as well.

While I’m not 100% settled on buying a Wii U day one, I was the first customer at my GameStop to reserve the Wii U system, and I chose to reserve the Black Wii U Deluxe Set. What’s that mean? Well, I have 2 months to figure out if I will keep my reservation on the system, or cancel it. I’m really hoping Nintendo addresses the online aspects and Nintendo Network features of the Wii U, and I really hope to hear the words “There are no friend codes on the Wii U system”, before it releases in November.

Questions
Are there any of my “Caffeinated Thoughts” you agree with, or disagree with? Do you agree that Nintendo Land should have some form of online functionality?

Was there one Wii U game that stood out to you above the others, for any reason, like LEGO City: Undercover did to me, and that you would give a “Best of Show” award?