The First-Ever Wii U Price Drop Is Your Deal of the Day

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The Wii U hasn't had the easiest time so far in its short 128 days since it launched in the United States. From a barren release schedule to slow sales, it's no wonder folks are asking Shigeru Miyamoto whether he's concerned about the console's future. But here's the bottom line: soon, there will be new flagship Zelda, Mario, and Metroid titles, and the only way you can play them is if you've got a Wii U.

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While there have been minor promotions on the Wii U in the past, they usually involved a gift card or a free game. Today, Best Buy's running a straight-up price drop on the Wii U Basic: it was $300 — and still is almost everywhere else — but today it's $250.

Although Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has said there won't be a price cut any time soon, it's unclear whether this sale is an omen of things to come or simply a temporary, loss-leader deal. If you pick one up now, you won't be miffed if they're still $300 when new Zelda games come out and you need one. [Best Buy]


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Top Deals

Wii U Basic Console ($250) | Best Buy via Dealzon | Originally $300

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Accessories

Logitech G400 Gaming Mouse ($28) | Best Buy via Edealinfo | Originally $50


Great Price on the Best Laptop For Normal People

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If you don't want to brave Apple's unmarked Ebay store, Best Buy is selling a 2012 Macbook Air for $1000. The Apple Store charges $1200, but Apple's mysterious Ebay store only asks for $900 for a refurb. The Best Buy laptop is new. [Best Buy]

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2012 Macbook Air 13" ($1000) | Best Buy via 9to5Toys | Originally $1200


Miscellaneous

Back to the Future Movie Poster ($4) | Amazon via Ben's Bargains | Originally $10

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Apple

Apple Earbuds (NOT Earpods) ($5) | All4Cellular via 9to5Toys | Originally $Priceless
2012 Macbook Air 13" ($1000) | Best Buy via 9to5Toys | Originally $1200
New 13" rMBP ($1366) | B&H Photo via Logicbuy | Originally $1500

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Audio

Sennheiser HD 428 ($34) | Newegg via Ben's Bargains | Originally $50


Gaming

Galaxy on Fire 2 HD ($5) | Gamers Gate via Reddit | Originally $20
Sega Genesis Classic Pack for Steam ($7.49) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $20
Antichamber ($12) | Steam via Reddit | Originally $20
Ultimate Dreamcast Pack ($15) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $30
Resident Evil 6 for PS3 or Xbox ($20) | Groupon via Logicbuy | Originally $40
Borderlands 2 PC Download ($21) | Gamefly via Dealzon | Originally $50
Dishonored PC Download ($24) | Gamefly via Dealzon | Originally $50
Persona 4 for PS Vita ($25.49) | Gamestop via Tech Deal Digger | Originally $40 | Use coupon code 15FREE
Total War Grandmaster Collection ($33) | Green Man Gaming via Reddit | Originally $100 | Use coupon code GMG20-NT7TS-SY2RT
Atari Games Sale | GoG via Reddit | Rollercoaster Tycoon and others
Massive Xbox Live Spring Sale, Starts on 3/26 | Microsoft Major Nelson Blog via Reddit

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Physical Media

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If there are 177 episodes of House, running at 22 minutes each, that means this complete House box set will take you 65 hours to complete. It also means that you'll only pay $.02 per minute of Hugh Laurie being crotchety. [Amazon]

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Kill Bill Parts 1 and 2 ($15.83) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $30
The Complete House on DVD ($84) | Amazon via Dealzon | Originally $141

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Digital Media

Not today.


Clothing

Threadless Tees ($10) | Threadless via Reddit | Originally $20 | Code holyship gets free shipping
30% off Banana Republic | Banana Republic via Ben's Bargains | Originally | Use coupon code BR48HOUR
10% Off L.L. Bean | L.L. Bean via Put This On | Use coupon code SPRING10

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Dumb TV → Smart TV

Not today.


Laptops

11" Acer Aspire ($460) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $540
Toshiba Qosmio X870/X875 17.3" Core i7 Laptop w/3GB GeForce 670M w/8GB RAM ($1000) | Toshiba via Logicbuy | Originally $1200
New 13" rMBP ($1366) | B&H Photo via Logicbuy | Originally $1500

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Desktops

Nope.


Tablets

No tablets.


Screens

2 23" Dell IPS 1080p Monitors with Stand ($436) | Dell via Logicbuy | Originally $600Use two coupon codes: 6DBNK$ZJLR$L4J and9B47MSNVFNNKB2
47" 1080p 120Hz LG HDTV ($500) | Adorama via Ebay via Tech Deal Digger | Originally $700
46" Sony Bravia HDTV ($500) | Amazon via HDTVaholic | Originally $700

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Portables

Nothing.


Camera

Lensbaby Fisheye Optic ($170) | Amazon via Edealinfo | Originally $250 | Sale price only for Canon, sorry
Refurb Nikon D90 ($500) | Adorama via Photography Bay | Originally $600

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Bare Drives

Quiet time for SSD sales.


Apps

iOS

Sonic CD ($1) | iTunes via Appsaholic | Originally $5
Metal Slug 1 ($2) | iTunes via 9to5Toys | Originally $4
Metal Slug 2 ($2) | iTunes via 9to5Toys | Originally $4
Metal Slug 3 ($2) | iTunes via 9to5Toys | Originally $4
Metal Slug X ($2) | iTunes via 9to5Toys | Originally $4
Hipstamatic ($1) | iTunes | Originally $2

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Android

Amazon Appstore is giving away a lot of great free apps, today only, including Bejeweled.

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Hidden Numbers ($1) | Amazon Appstore via Appsaholic | Originally $2
Metal Slug 3 ($2) | Google Play via Appsaholic | Originally $4
Trainz Simulator HD ($2.49) | Amazon Appstore via Appsaholic | Originally $5
Jet Set Radio ($3) | Google Play via Appsaholic | Originally $5

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Windows

Glary Utililities Pro ($0) | Glary via Lifehacker | Originally $40

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DISCUSSION

tipoo
tipoo

My guilty hope is that the Wii U continues to underperform in sales so that it gets the same rapid and frequent price drops the Gamecube did (from 2001-2003 it went from 199 to 99). I wouldn't mind having it as a secondary 8th gen console, but at 350 (deluxe) it holds little appeal, and the Basic model seems like a terrible deal (3GB free storage?). That said, the Wii U is already sold for a small loss, maybe that's less feasible this time.