Did you get one? If not, you may be hard-pressed to find one this Holiday season.
It, of course, is the Wii U, released Sunday, is quickly flying off the shelves and becoming the “It” Gift for 2012. It’s not a new spot for Nintendo, seeing as the really started the trend back in the ’80s and ’90s. From the original Nintendo Entertainment System, to the original Game Boy, all the way up to the original Wii, Nintendo has always produced games and game consoles that were… well… original! Had the NES failed, the Video Game Crash would have been absolute, and there would be no Xbox, no PlayStation, no fun for us at GotGame.
So if you have a Nintendo gamer on your list, your goal is simple, soldier: find a Wii U. The basic Wii U bundle comes in white, with a Wii U Gamepad and accessories for $299.99, while the deluxe bundle comes in black, and includes the same fixin’s, plus premium digital service and a hard copy of Nintendo Land.
The search won’t be easy, though: not a single major retailer is advertising either bundle in their Black Friday ads.
The major deals for Nintendo gamers this year will come on Wii-related stuff. Obviously, as the next-generation console comes out, the current-generation system receives a price slash; what better way for retailers to liquidate than with Black Friday sales? A Wii console can be found at Wal-Mart for $89.99, and Sears will bundle it with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort for $10 more. Toys R Us will throw in a LEGO-inspired Wii Remote and a $10 Gift Card, bundling it all together for $129.99.
The Big Winner: When it comes to Nintendo products, there’s no dominant Big Winner, unless you’re lucky enough to find a Wii U. However, do remember that the Wii U is backwards-compatible, so while the price of Wii U games will probably remain unchanged, Wii games are being hacked at almost every major retailers. This year, fill some holes in your game collection you may have bypassed. When you get your hands on the newest eighth-gen console, these Wii games will still be there for you.
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