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May 2013 - March 2016


Wii U replaced Wii in 2012 as Nintendo’s flagship video game console. It’s a direct competitor to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, but is more of a niche player due to its lack of mainstream game titles. Every Wii U comes with a touchscreen Wii U GamePad that not only acts as a game controller, but its 6.5-inch display can also be used to play full games independent from a TV. Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, Wii U is nearing the end of its lifespan as information regarding nintendo’s next home video game console (codenamed NX) have started to emerge.

The console’s connectivity options and tech specs include HDMI, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0 ports, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 1.24GHz Tri-Core IBM PowerPC CPU, and 8GB/32GB storage capacities. Most original Wii games are supported. The Wii U’s greatest strength is its lineup of exclusive first-party game titles including: Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Super Mario Maker.

Nintendo Wii U Stories March 21, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Assassin’s Creed Chronicles $19/Syndicate $30, Uncharted Wireless Headset $80, Wii U bundle $249, freebies, more

Update (3/21 5:00pm):

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering Assassin’s Creed Chronicles on PS4 for $18.91 Prime shipped and you’ll find both the Xbox One and PS4 versions for $19.99 at Best Buy. Regularly $30, this is the lowest total we have seen on the PS4 version without the GCU discount. Gamers Club Unlocked members can even deeper deals on Chronicles (about $16). Both Amazon’s and Best Buy’s version includes China, India and Russia. You’ll also find Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate on PS4 for $29.99 Prime shipped at Amazon right now, which is the lowest total we can find and the best we have seen on PS4. 

Trusted game dealer Antonline via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Sony Limited Edition Uncharted 4 Gold Wireless Headset – Gray Blue for $79.99 shipped. That’s $20 under the original listing, $12+ below Amazon and the best price we have ever tracked on them. You can find out more about them and the limited edition Uncharted 4 bundle right here.

Other notable game deals include LEGO Marvel’s Avengers on PS4 and Xbox One for $39.99 Prime shipped (within $1 of all-time low, or even less on previous gen), Just Cause 3 is back down to $39.99 Prime shipped at Amazon/Best Buy and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for $29.99 on both platforms at Best Buy. 

Over at Target we also spotted a couple Nintendo deals including the Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set Bundle for $274.99 shipped (Reg. $300+), but first time Jet customers can get it down to around $248.99 shipped using code 15NOW during checkout. We also have Super Smash Bros on Nintendo 3DS for $24.99 (Reg. $38) and over at Walmart we have Bayonetta 2 + Bayonetta 1 on Wii U for $29.96 (Reg. $40+, lowest we have seen).

In case you missed it this morning, Amazon is handing out free store credit with the purchase of these highly rated Android apps and Apple’s Mac App of the Year 2015 is still matching its lowest price ever. Down below you’l find today’s best iOS app deals including Sago Mini Monsters, Knock-Knock Game, RobotNGun, Osmos and many more:

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Nintendo Wii U Stories December 7, 2015

After a long wait, Minecraft and Nintendo are finally getting together on a Wii U version of its wildly popular block-building third-person game. After hitting nearly every console over the last four years, Minecraft is rounding out its offerings. This won’t be a stripped down version either, Wii U gamers will have access to six of the most popular texture packs plus another 16 expansion options. Full details below on the release and more.

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Nintendo Wii U Stories December 3, 2015

expiredGames/Apps: Metal Gear Solid Phantom Pain $35, Nintendo NFC Reader from $16, 50% off game guides from $10, freebies, more

Update: 

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $34.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $60). That’s $25 off the regular listing, matching the lowest Black Friday price we saw and the best we can find. Also at Amazon, you’ll find solid deals on the Nintendo Wii U 32GB Mario Kart 8 (Pre-Installed) Deluxe Set for $249.99 shipped (Reg. $300) and the Nintendo NFC Reader/Writer Accessory for Nintendo 3DS for $16.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $20 or $15.99 with free in-store pickup at B&H).

Best Buy is offering the Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Wireless Controller plus the Power A Halo 5: Guardians Dual Charging Station for $69 shipped today. The charger goes for around $26, making this the lowest effective price we have seen on this controller by a couple dollars. As part of its Cyber Week game deals, Best Buy is also still offering $5 off the purchase of any 2 Disney Infinity Characters from this list, along with Guitar Hero with the Wireless Guitar Controller & USB Mic across all platforms for $69.99 shipped ($120 value, best we can find).

Over at GameStop, You’ll find 50% off on official game guides starting as low as $9.99. Titles include MGS V, Skylanders, COD Black Ops 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider, AC Syndicate, Halo 5 and much more. While you’ll need to hit $25 to receive free shipping, one standout from the bunch is the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Official Strategy Guide for $12.49 (Orig. $25, $17 on Amazon). GameStop is also offering a Buy Two Get One Free on any vintage games, systems and more.

Monument Valley hit its lowest price ever on iOS recently (and Android) our master holiday games/apps list is still live and you only have a few hours left to grab the latest Free App of the Week. Down below you’ll find the rest of the best iOS price drops including Bridge Constructor, Bridge Constructor Playground, Drop The Chicken, Presentation Link and many more:

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Nintendo Wii U Stories November 12, 2015

A few weeks ago we got a glimpse at some Toys R Us holiday promotions, but thanks to another leak we now have their entire Black Friday plans. The retailer will offer in-store doorbusters on Thanksgiving starting at 5pm and on Black Friday at 7am. Some deals will also go live online Thursday morning. The full 28-page ad features various video games, Apple devices, LEGO, kids’ toys, action figures, Blu-ray/DVD movies, and more.

Head below to check out the top deals and best pages from this year’s Toys R Us Black Friday ad: expand full story

Nintendo Wii U Stories November 11, 2015

(Update 11/12 8:30am): Higher quality ad scans and more deals have been added this post.

No other retailer does Black Friday quite like Walmart. The crowds, deals, and hype are all over-the-top when it comes to the largest retailer in the world. Now that its Black Friday ad has leaked, we are finally getting a look at all of the deals Walmart will have to offer.

This year Walmart says it’s armed with “its deepest availability on the most-wanted products in stores and online” so you should have a better chance of getting the deals you want. You’ll be able to shop the sale online throughout Thanksgiving day or at your local store starting at 6pm.

The extensive ad features deals on large HDTVs, game consoles, iPads, iPhones, toys, and pretty much everything in between. Every item on the back cover of the ad is eligible for Walmart’s 1-hour guarantee (more info below).

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Nintendo Wii U Stories August 24, 2015

Nintendo has now revealed a series of new information about its upcoming Wii U and amiibo lineup today. The home console is scheduled for a number of big releases this fall/holiday season with Super Mario Maker, Star Fox Zero, Xenoblade Chronicles X, and Yoshi’s Wooly World. And we now know when to expect them all along with a few surprises: expand full story

Nintendo Wii U Stories June 23, 2015

expiredGames/Apps: Batman Arkham Knight $50, Nintendo Wii U bundle $260, Turtle Beach headset $40, iOS freebies, more

Update (6/23 11:10am): Batman Arkham Knight is getting a nice price drop on day 1 of release. It is available for 20% off today on eBay via Neogames (99.8% Positive feedback): $49.99 shipped (Reg. $60).

In today’s best game/app deals, Blutek via eBay Daily Deals has the Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set with Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land for $259.99 shipped. That’s $40 or more off the going rate for this bundle. While we have seen it dip lower, very rarely does this bundle go for less than $260.

Next up, as part of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy has the Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Ghosts Ear Force Spectre Limited Edition Gaming Headset for Xbox 360, PS3, PC or Mac for $39.99 shipped (Reg. $70+, lowest we can find). And lastly, you’ll find the Disney INFINITY 3.0 Inside Out Toy Bundle pre-order for $74.99 shipped (Reg. $90).

In case you missed it yesterday, Sony has a new 1TB console on the way, GameStop launched a vintage retro game store and check out this Mario Bros. yarn work that took more than 6 years to complete.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best Mac/iOS deals including Sleep Cycle alarm clock: $1 (Reg. $2), Death Call 2: FREE (Reg. $1), Book Crawler: FREE (Reg. $2) and many more:

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Nintendo Wii U Stories June 16, 2015

Nintendo kicked off its E3 announcements with a huge content update for Super Smash Bros. and then dove into some gigantic game announcements including Star Fox Zero, Super Mario Maker, Yoshi’s Woolly World, The Legend of Zelda Tri Force Heroes and more.

Wii U and the new 3DS handheld are rocking right now thanks to some major releases over the past year. Nintendo’s E3 announcements only upped the ante for these consoles and set the stage for a strong 2015/2016 showing. Head below for the most important news that Nintendo dropped on us so far this week: expand full story

Nintendo Wii U Stories January 12, 2015

Nintendo’s Wii U will likely be remembered as the most misunderstood major game console ever released. As the sequel to Wii – which sold over 100 million consoles – the Wii U is a true 1080p HD console, plays all of the Wii’s games, and even includes a screen on its packed-in controller. It’s also the best current-generation console for couples and families, hands-down. But it had a slow start due to weak early software support, only getting mega-hit games in mid-2014, and many people didn’t realize that it was actually an all-new console.

 

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Today, a bunch of great Nintendo exclusives are available, and more are on the way – it’s finally a great time to buy a Wii U. That’s what we just did, so for this week’s edition of Gaming For Couples, we’re going to walk you through the best titles, accessories, and deals we’ve found, helping you to do the same.

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Nintendo Wii U Stories November 30, 2014

expiredGames/Apps: Nintendo Wii U Mario 3D World bundle w/ $50 Walmart GC $300, PlayStation gift card 20% off, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Walmart has Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Set w/ Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land and a $50 Walmart gift card for $299.96 shipped. That’s as much as a $400 value and and least $50 under the next best price (Best Buy/GameStop/B&H) due to the value of the included gift card. This bundle includes the “console, a GamePad controller, two AC adapters, a high-speed HDMI cable, sensor bar, GamePad cradle, GamePad stand support and stand.”

Walmart also has the Xbox One without Kinect Console Bundle with Halo Master Chief Collection for $349.99 shipped right now (Reg. $400).

Next up, PayPal’s official eBay Store is offering $50 PlayStation Network cards for $40 right now with email delivery. That’s 20% in savings to be used on games, movies and other content across the PlayStation Network. You’ll find more discounted gift cards via PayPal on eBay here.

After about a week of amazing iOS drops, we’ve spotted a few more this morning including Crazy Basketball for FREE (Reg. $1), Warhammer Quest for $1 (Reg. $5), iSmoothRun Pro for $3 (reg. $6) and DataMan Next : Track Data Usage In Real-Time for $1 (Reg. $2).

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Nintendo Wii U Stories July 20, 2014

expiredGames/Apps: Buy One Get One FREE 3DS games, 15% off Xbox gift cards, VLC Streamer goes FREE, more

In this weekend’s best game deals, we have a number of discounts on Nintendo items from Best Buy including a large Buy One Get One FREE 3DS game sale including Yoshi’s New Island, Bravely Default, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Pokemon X & Y, plus many more.

Best Buy also has the Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for $169.99 shipped (Reg. $200, current low), Nintendo Pro Controller for Nintendo Wii U (white) for $29.99 shipped (Reg. $50, current low).

Target is offering $25 Xbox Live gift cards for $21.25 (via email delivery). You can use this card to save up to 15% off future Xbox marketplace purchases. Target also has $15 off game purchases when pre-ordering a select title for $1. Pre-order options include Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Evolve, Far Cry 4. The outlet is also offering $50 gift cards with the purchase of the Kinect-less Xbox One, but it appears to be in-store only.

We also have a few nice iOS freebies including VLC Streamer (FREE for the very first time, Reg. $2), Tesla Wars for iPhone and iPad, Stickman Soccer 2014 and Victory March HD.

Be sure to check out our latest game roundup for more gaming deals still alive and you can pick up a $100 iTunes gift card for just $85 today getting you even deeper savings on these discounted apps.

Nintendo Wii U Stories May 30, 2013

Tiger Direct is offering the 32GB Black Nintendo Wii U Deluxe bundle with a coupon code for $288.99 plus around $10 shipping (varies based on location). Enter the coupon code “NXL90940” to drop the price down from the $348.99 listing. This is currently the lowest price by $48 and one of lowest prices we have seen yet on the 32GB Wii U Deluxe even with the shipping fee. This bundle comes with the console, the console stand, Wii U GamePad and holder along with Nintendo Land. We have also put together the best current prices on some great Wii U titles including New Super Mario Bros Wii U for $44, Donkey Kong Country Returns for $29.99 and ZombieU for $38.

32GB Black Nintendo Wii U Deluxe bundle w/ Nintendo Land: $288.99 + approx. $10 shipping (Reg. $348) – Use COUPON CODE “NXL90940”

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