Holiday 2014 – A Quick Buyer’s Guide for Wii U

The holiday season is just around the bend, and video game season will be arriving along with it! With Smash Bros. For Wii U coming out soon, I’m sure many more Wii U consoles will be pushed out store doors, with owners who will be looking for their next purchase. How to remedy this situation?

I’ve decided to outline a buying guide, of sorts, that will highlight games and make it easy for new Wii U owners to find what they are looking for. I’ve broken it up into three different categories: “For Family,” “For Fun,” and “For Seasoned.”

“For Family” will be focused on just that: the family that games together. Or perhaps you are a parent looking for a good gift for your child or children, without breaking the bank. I will try to be very cost effective with this group, while suggesting titles that would fit this gaming dynamic.

“For Fun” will be focused on those who aren’t incredibly into gaming, but they do enjoy it. These are the ones who look for all the big titles, usually, but are still willing to try new things. They don’t stay informed with everything video games, but they do have some knowledge.

“For Seasoned” is all about the seasoned gamers who keep up with all the latest gaming news and titles. This bundle won’t necessarily be as cost effective as the other two, but it will definitely focus on various titles that are “must-haves” when buying a Wii U console. It’s all about the games, right?

So, without any more delay, let’s jump into these bundles! (Note: all bundles include HDMI cable, and may include shipping, depending on where items are purchased)


For Family (System, 2 games, GamePad, and up to 4 other controllers):

  1. Super Mario 3D World bundle: Includes GamePad, GamePad recharging cradle, Super Mario 3D World, and NintendoLand – $299.99
  2. Optional (You may already own these from your Wii system): Wii remote plus – $26.99 each
  3. Optional (You may already own these from your Wii system): Wii nunchuk – $9.29 each

Total:

  • If Wii remotes are already owned from Wii system – $299.99 + tax
  • If Wii remotes aren’t owned, for 1 remote/nunchuk – $336.27 + tax
  • If Wii remotes aren’t owned, for 2 remotes/nunchuks – $372.55 + tax
  • If Wii remotes aren’t owned, for 3 remotes/nunchuks – $408.83 + tax

For Fun (System, up to 4 games, GamePad, and 1 other controller):

  1. Mariokart 8 bundle: Includes GamePad, GamePad recharging cradle, Mariokart 8, and (1) specially-themed Wii remote – $299.96
  2. Smash Bros. For Wii U – $59.96
  3. Wind Waker HD – $41.17
  4. Armillo (from the Nintendo eShop) – FREE (use Deluxe Digital Promotion by 12/31/14*Note: if previous games were purchased digitally

Total:

  • With 1 controller – $401.09 + tax

For Seasoned (System, up to 8 games, GamePad, and 1 other controller):

  1. Refurbished Wii U bundle: Includes GamePad, GamePad recharging cradle, NintendoLand – $200.00
  2. Optional: Wii remote plus – $26.99 each
  3. Optional: Wii nunchuk – $9.29 each
  4. Smash Bros. For Wii U – $59.96
  5. Bayonetta 2 (also includes Bayonetta 1) – $59.95
  6. Mariokart 8– $48.15
  7. Deus Ex: Human Revolution DC – $13.90
  8. Super Mario 3D World – $58.47
  9. Shovel Knight (from the Nintendo eShop) – FREE (use Deluxe Digital Promotion by 12/31/14*Note: if previous games were purchased digitally
  10. Armillo (from the Nintendo eShop) – FREE (use Deluxe Digital Promotion by 12/31/14*Note: if previous games were purchased digitally

Total:

  • Without 1 extra controller – $440.43 + tax
  • With 1 extra controller – $476.71 + tax

Of course there are a ton of other games you can check out for the Wii U, many of which I’ve already reviewed – such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Rayman Legends, The Wonderful 101, and Hyrule Warriors, just to name a few. Make sure to share this list with anyone you know who may be interested in purchasing a Wii U, or perhaps you can use this to persuade any friends to get one!

 

~Michael

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