Nintendo has announced the discontinuation of the Wii U Basic model in its homeland Japan. Details are on the official Nintendo Japan website, where it states that production has ended, with a price drop in place to move remaining stock.

Nintendo hasn’t mentioned whether this culling will extend to the rest of the world, but given the poorer sales compared with its Premium bigger brother, the chances of culling elsewhere are high. Of course, naysayers have been predicting the demise of the Basic model as early as six months after the Wii U was released.

The biggest difference between the Wii U Basic and Premium models, apart from their colors, is the internal storage size. The Basic comes with 8GB of internal storage compared to the Premium’s 32GB.

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