Wii U Discounted to $149 at Dick Smiths


By: Alan Bell
Published: Thursday 20 Jun 2013 10:53 AM
 
Wii U Discounted to $149 at Dick Smiths

Local retailer Dick Smith (DSE) have dropped the price of both Nintendo Wii U variants this morning, with the new bargain-basement price points suggesting that they will not be carrying the product once existing stock is sold.

The basic model of the console, which comes with 8GB onboard storage and limited accessories, is now priced at just $149 (down from $299, after originally launching at $449) and the premium version with its 32GB storage is $199 (down from $399, after launching at $549 in November last year.)

Games have also been discounted, however the store we visited (Lyall Bay in Wellington) had cleared their entire stock already (they did have several of each Wii U console in stock, though.) Other local branches reportedly still have games, with prices set around $20 for the games that are available.

Discounted consoles are available in store and via DSE's website.

Cheers to dave_wellington for the tip! Enjoy your bonus VIP points!



 

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fifamessi NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:08 AM Posted by fifamessi
WOOOOOT

Holy crap. Might actually go get one now..
 
 
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BigC NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:10 AM Posted by BigC
'Holy crap' - You took the words right out of my mouth! Soo want to get one!
 
 
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chinaman71 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:14 AM Posted by chinaman71
Just reserved for Click and Collect.

DAMN!
 
 
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dave_wellington NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:18 AM Posted by dave_wellington
You can't order them online, but games are heavily reduced too. We got Zombi U for $19, COD for $21 and Nintendo Land for $16. Assassin's Creed 3 is $25.
 
 
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Goonertron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:29 AM Posted by Goonertron
Can you please remove this story so I can get one tonight =)
 
 
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dave_wellington NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:31 AM Posted by dave_wellington
20 June 2013, 11:29 AM Reply to Goonertron
Can you please remove this story so I can get one tonight =)
Call them or order one on the website.
 
 
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Goonertron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:43 AM Posted by Goonertron
20 June 2013, 11:31 AM Reply to dave_wellington
Call them or order one on the website.
Already did, they rang back and said the reason they are so cheap is because they have been damaged and are repaired models. Dunno if the clerk is just lying to me so he can buy them all him self all if this story is wrong.
 
 
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Ubercuber NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:49 AM Posted by Ubercuber
I was pretty tempted, then I realised it had zero games. And bugger all coming out any time soon.
 
 
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dave_wellington NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:49 AM Posted by dave_wellington
20 June 2013, 11:43 AM Reply to Goonertron
Already did, they rang back and said the reason they are so cheap is because they have been damaged and are repaired models. Dunno if the clerk is just lying to me so he can buy them all him self all if this story is wrong.
He's totally lying, it's nation-wide. Book online instead I guess!
 
 
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OriginalSin NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:00 PM Posted by OriginalSin
Almost tempted to buy one just for Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
 
 
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Goonertron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:01 PM Posted by Goonertron
20 June 2013, 11:49 AM Reply to dave_wellington
He's totally lying, it's nation-wide. Book online instead I guess!
Well it was a asian guy at Karangahape Rd branch. Really pissed off if he was lying just so he could buy them and sell them himself.
 
 
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supabowl NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:04 PM Posted by supabowl
Anyone want to lend me $149 would totally get one if i wasnt poor at the moment
 
 
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Scuba_Steve NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:13 PM Posted by Scuba_Steve
20 June 2013, 12:04 PM Reply to supabowl
Anyone want to lend me $149 would totally get one if i wasnt poor at the moment
Sure... You won't like the interest rate tho
 
 
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SpudOfDoom
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:24 PM Posted by SpudOfDoom
They are listed as "Reduced to clear" on the website, so I'm taking this to mean that DSE is trying to liquidate all their Wii U stock and will no longer be carrying it.

... Works for me :D
 
 
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W1NG3R_NZ NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:25 PM Posted by W1NG3R_NZ
Sweet!! Going to try pick one up this afternoon :)
 
 
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Vicx NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:38 PM Posted by Vicx
Why would this make anyone want to buy one? This is the icing on the cake in regards to the lack of support from publishers and developers. If DSE want to throw away their stock then even they know there's no future for the WiiU. This is comparable to buying an HD-DVD player as soon as Bluray won the format war.
 
 
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Ellas23
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:46 PM Posted by Ellas23
Thanks for the heads up, I've also reserved mine with Click and Collect. With regards to the lack of support from developers there's still all the mainstay games like the new Smash Bros and Mario Kart coming out which is good enough for me.
 
 
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guido NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:50 PM Posted by guido
Wish I hadn't seen this!!?? :-D Have order via click and connect from the Palms, Chch.
 
 
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KravenMore
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:56 PM Posted by KravenMore
damn, they're all sold out round Wellington
 
 
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dave_wellington NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 12:58 PM Posted by dave_wellington
20 June 2013, 12:38 PM Reply to Vicx
Why would this make anyone want to buy one? This is the icing on the cake in regards to the lack of support from publishers and developers. If DSE want to throw away their stock then even they know there's no future for the WiiU. This is comparable to buying an HD-DVD player as soon as Bluray won the format war.
The 3 reasons I got one:
1. Nintendo first party titles
2. Japanese third party titles
3. Indie games

And I guess playing Virtual Console on the GamePad isn't going to hurt either :)
 
 
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OrkMischief NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:07 PM Posted by OrkMischief
Chur for the heads up, I just shot down to DS in Hamilton and picked me up another 32gig Wii U + 2 more pro controllers.
Excellent deal and I highly recommend buying one if you can. I've played more Wii U this year than my 360 and PS3 combined, hugely underrated console.
 
 
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ssjroneel NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:12 PM Posted by ssjroneel
O.o waaaaaa??! so it's true. i just got sent a snapchat of one priced at that lol...god damn.
 
 
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panicbuster NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:16 PM Posted by panicbuster
Damn. Got one when it was reduced to 399.

Oh well, great deal guys. Monster hunter is great for your single-player goodness, plus as a couch-multiplayer machne it's been fantastic to me so far.
 
 
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stupidlikeafox NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:21 PM Posted by stupidlikeafox
picked one up click and collect too. will probably end up trying to flick it off for more if i cant find any games...
 
 
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Goonertron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:22 PM Posted by Goonertron
20 June 2013, 01:21 PM Reply to stupidlikeafox
picked one up click and collect too. will probably end up trying to flick it off for more if i cant find any games...
They are going for 320 new on Trademe so would be a good investment.
 
 
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OrkMischief NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:25 PM Posted by OrkMischief
20 June 2013, 01:16 PM Reply to panicbuster
Damn. Got one when it was reduced to 399.

Oh well, great deal guys. Monster hunter is great for your single-player goodness, plus as a couch-multiplayer machne it's been fantastic to me so far.
True that, I bought day one but wouldn't change a thing.

I think the few people who will be swayed by this price will be pleasantly surprised with how good this console actually is.
Plus all this talk about no games is rubbish, I have played some mean games so far and have not run out of anything to play.
 
 
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stupidlikeafox NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:29 PM Posted by stupidlikeafox
20 June 2013, 01:22 PM Reply to Goonertron
They are going for 320 new on Trademe so would be a good investment.
you'll probably be seeing an influx of no reserve $175 auctions in the next few weeks... will just wait it out or find out the trade price at jb hi fi
 
 
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nos4r2d2
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:39 PM Posted by nos4r2d2
That's what I call a deal.
 
 
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twisterjamz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:39 PM Posted by twisterjamz
Dammit I don't know if I should buy it or not as I'm gonna be poor if I do
 
 
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Goonertron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:40 PM Posted by Goonertron
20 June 2013, 01:39 PM Reply to twisterjamz
Dammit I don't know if I should buy it or not as I'm gonna be poor if I do
Yeah need to save for next gen yo
 
 
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twisterjamz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:42 PM Posted by twisterjamz
I might have to get the white one but I want to get the black since it comes with nintendo land and all that other extra stuff
 
 
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tom_nz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 1:57 PM Posted by tom_nz
Oh man. If I hadn't seen that awesome new Mech fighter game I wouldn't even be considering it. That is $150 I can put towards next gen though.
 
 
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Jonathan-OverWorld NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 2:21 PM Posted by Jonathan-OverWorld
All sold out round here if you believe what the stores are telling people. Evidently the Wii U is suddenly popular!
 
 
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nemasis2004
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 2:46 PM Posted by nemasis2004
ARRGGGG!!!!!! Why didn't I see this sooner???? They're all gone in the wellington region!
 
 
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twisterjamz NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 2:58 PM Posted by twisterjamz
Just got sold out down the road, never mind this is the second time the price has gone down it will probably go down again after I have bought my PS4
 
 
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linkdavid
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 3:08 PM Posted by linkdavid
woop woop just got one, its moments like these im glad i dont live in one of the main centers.
 
 
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cortez72 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 4:20 PM Posted by cortez72
0 product(s) available in Auckland for: Click and collect.

So much for that.
 
 
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ssjroneel NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 4:49 PM Posted by ssjroneel
I picked one of the pro models up :D
 
 
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Newsboy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 5:16 PM Posted by Newsboy
Okay new Wii U owners..... time to share your Miiverse names. :D Add me: Newsboy
(And for those who aren't aware, you need to go to your friends list FIRST, before you can add or be added)
 
 
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Newsboy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 5:17 PM Posted by Newsboy
Also, please pick up Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.
 
 
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Nihil
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 5:31 PM Posted by Nihil
Thanks NZGamer, went and put one on hold. Hopefully I can get the premium.
 
 
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W1NG3R_NZ NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 5:32 PM Posted by W1NG3R_NZ
Went in at 12.30 in Lyall Bay and they had all sold out :( Said they sold the last one 5 mins earlier dammit!
 
 
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MoonlightKiD NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 6:01 PM Posted by MoonlightKiD
ATTENTION: To any of you Wellington people out there, I failed to get one in time also. HOWEVER, I did get the warehouse to price match so there could be hope for you to! Give it a shot! I'm heading home now with a premium console :D
 
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panicbuster NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 6:09 PM Posted by panicbuster
20 June 2013, 01:25 PM Reply to OrkMischief
True that, I bought day one but wouldn't change a thing.

I think the few people who will be swayed by this price will be pleasantly surprised with how good this console actually is.
Plus all this talk about no games is rubbish, I have played some mean games so far and have not run out of anything to play.
Couldn't agree more man. With so many mediocre games coming out, there isn't a single game on my wii u I've played that I haven't enjoyed.
 
 
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W1NG3R_NZ NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 6:26 PM Posted by W1NG3R_NZ
20 June 2013, 06:01 PM Reply to MoonlightKiD
ATTENTION: To any of you Wellington people out there, I failed to get one in time also. HOWEVER, I did get the warehouse to price match so there could be hope for you to! Give it a shot! I'm heading home now with a premium console :D
Wow! Which warehouse did you go to? Did they ask for proof or anything?
 
 
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cortez72 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 6:42 PM Posted by cortez72
Then this happens:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/gaming/nintendo-wii/consoles/auction-606392990.htm

This guy is the first to try and flick it off, $315 minimum. Uploaded today at 13:53 as an "unwanted gift."

The Tui said: Yeah, right!
 
 
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Seraphim NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 6:46 PM Posted by Seraphim
Would've been good to finally pick one up.
 
 
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dave_wellington NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 8:00 PM Posted by dave_wellington
20 June 2013, 05:32 PM Reply to W1NG3R_NZ
Went in at 12.30 in Lyall Bay and they had all sold out :( Said they sold the last one 5 mins earlier dammit!
Yeah, the weta crew pulled up there at lunch and picked them all up.

If someone is still looking, I reserved a Wii U Basic at Paraparaumu DSE this morning, but got nervous when I didn't get the text notification and went to Featherston street and got one there. I tried to cancel the Paraparaumu one but couldn't, so if you turn up there tomorrow morning it should come free (or if they insist on holding it for me, get them to call me and i'll confirm the cancellation).
 
 
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MoonlightKiD NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 8:36 PM Posted by MoonlightKiD
20 June 2013, 06:26 PM Reply to W1NG3R_NZ
Wow! Which warehouse did you go to? Did they ask for proof or anything?
Johnsonville but pretty sure they will do it anywhere. In my experience they've never turned me away at the warehouse. Just showed them the deal on the website and got an instant OK. Urge you to give it a shot, you got nothing to lose after all! :)
 
 
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SpeediePetey NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 8:54 PM Posted by SpeediePetey
I literally came here to say holy crap. That is dirt cheap
 
 
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BlakeyNZ NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 9:32 PM Posted by BlakeyNZ
20 June 2013, 08:36 PM Reply to MoonlightKiD
Johnsonville but pretty sure they will do it anywhere. In my experience they've never turned me away at the warehouse. Just showed them the deal on the website and got an instant OK. Urge you to give it a shot, you got nothing to lose after all! :)
They wouldn't do it for me!
 
 
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kiwibadboy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 9:40 PM Posted by kiwibadboy
Nice DSE, you done good :)
 
 
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W1NG3R_NZ NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 10:10 PM Posted by W1NG3R_NZ
20 June 2013, 09:32 PM Reply to BlakeyNZ
They wouldn't do it for me!
Which one did you try?
 
 
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BlakeyNZ NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:09 PM Posted by BlakeyNZ
20 June 2013, 10:10 PM Reply to W1NG3R_NZ
Which one did you try?
J'ville I live near Keith spry so I waddled over. No biggy really as the more I think about it is only want it for Zelda and smash bros. Not worth it read really.
 
 
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supabowl NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Thursday 20 Jun 2013 11:41 PM Posted by supabowl
20 June 2013, 11:09 PM Reply to BlakeyNZ
J'ville I live near Keith spry so I waddled over. No biggy really as the more I think about it is only want it for Zelda and smash bros. Not worth it read really.
Wow didn't realise there were so many jville people here.

Eb jville might price match.. Just go in when you think d*cksmith will be busy so they don't get an answer if they call to check if they've got stock ;-)
 
 
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LoftyDog NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Friday 21 Jun 2013 2:29 AM Posted by LoftyDog
holy crap! Is this a sale or a perminany thing?
 
 
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LoftyDog NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Friday 21 Jun 2013 2:30 AM Posted by LoftyDog
20 June 2013, 12:01 PM Reply to Goonertron
Well it was a asian guy at Karangahape Rd branch. Really pissed off if he was lying just so he could buy them and sell them himself.
a wee bit racist much?
 
 
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chinaman71 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Friday 21 Jun 2013 3:59 PM Posted by chinaman71
21 June 2013, 02:30 AM Reply to LoftyDog
a wee bit racist much?
I know the exact guy hes talking about. Hes always been useless and ultra unhelpful. Gets really pissy you want to buy something. Id say descriptive rather than racist wasn't insulting due to his race rather describing the person each to their own on that discussion!
 
 
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OrkMischief NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Friday 21 Jun 2013 4:30 PM Posted by OrkMischief
I truly feel sorry for those gamers who would have liked to enjoy getting a Wii U at such a good price, only for certain greedy individuals to buy them and put them on trade me for double if not more on d*ck Smiths price they bought it for.
 
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Goonertron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Friday 21 Jun 2013 5:17 PM Posted by Goonertron
21 June 2013, 02:30 AM Reply to LoftyDog
a wee bit racist much?
How is describing the person on the phone racist? He was obviously Asian.
 
 
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BlakeyNZ NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Saturday 22 Jun 2013 9:06 AM Posted by BlakeyNZ
Do you think next months V.I.P prize will be a Wii U?
 
 
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woollywol NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Saturday 22 Jun 2013 6:47 PM Posted by woollywol
Totally unaware of the sale as I walked into my local DSE, I bought the very last white Wii U today on an impulse (can't resist a bargain!) - and then I check this page and see the announcement! :)
 
 
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sick_wierdo
On Sunday 23 Jun 2013 7:24 PM Posted by sick_wierdo
Anyone know if this deal is still going and if there are any left anywhere???
 
 
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OrkMischief NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Sunday 23 Jun 2013 7:47 PM Posted by OrkMischief
23 June 2013, 07:24 PM Reply to sick_wierdo
Anyone know if this deal is still going and if there are any left anywhere???
Last I heard they had all run out, but I cannot be 100% certain so it would be worth a try to find out at your local store.
 
 
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sick_wierdo
On Sunday 23 Jun 2013 8:35 PM Posted by sick_wierdo
Thanks for that man, worth a look for sure
 
 
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Ifiirit
On Sunday 23 Jun 2013 9:24 PM Posted by Ifiirit
Hey for any of you that just bought the Wii U... Noel lemming seems to be off their rocker as well... I just picked up New Super Mario Bros U for 49.99. They are having some really crazy sale prices.
 
 
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guido NZGamer.com VIP VIP Bronze
On Monday 24 Jun 2013 7:42 PM Posted by guido
I'm loving the Wii U! The Miiverse pixel art scene is pretty cool! So much creativity! Where the hell is Flip Note Studio for Wii U?
 
 
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SilverStrummer
On Saturday 20 Jul 2013 2:49 PM Posted by SilverStrummer
They clearly panicked because they thought Wii-U is gonna get overtaken by PS4 and X-Box One. I wonder how well the sales of Wii-U are actually doing? Maybe that would be another indication. Either way, the prices have risen again. I'm guessing that they're either back on stock or found out that what they did was wrong..so they changed it again.
 
 
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