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Snag A Refurbished Wii U For $110

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Is the Nintendo Switch not getting Wii U ports quickly enough for your liking? You could always play those games on their original platform — which, right now, you can pick up for super cheap.

GameStop is currently selling refurbished 32 GB editions of the Wii U for just $110. That includes the system itself, the GamePad (a controller-slash-display that will definitely give you Switch vibes) and a Wii sensor bar. Once you have the system, you're actually ready for two generations of games. The Wii U can play Wii U games, obviously. But in case you didn't know, it also supports backward compatibility for the Nintendo Wii. Locate a Wiimote, attach a Nunchuk, and you can be playing Nintendo classics that go back over 12 years.


You're probably wondering — why buy a refurbished system? Why not just go pick up a grand spanking new Wii U, with all of the shiny plastic and that new console smell?

New Wii U packages are insanely overpriced right now. Nintendo's moved on to a new console. New stock of the Wii U has long faded out of stores. So if you jump over to Amazon and search for a Wii U, you'll find the new version of the refurbished package GameStop is selling — the one that's $110 — for $799. You can choose the Mario Kart 8 bundle for $706, which is a little more reasonable. A Super Mario Maker bundle will run you $699. Or, if you don't need all that storage and just want the plain white 8 GB package, you can pony up $435.


That's a little much, even for all of the gems that the Wii U has in its library.

Face it — the Nintendo Switch isn't going to get ports of everything. So while we all jump into our new Super Mario games, hits like Super Mario 3D World are trapped on the Wii U. While we all hope and pray for a new entry for The Legend of Zelda, games like Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD are all stuck in the previous generation. And that's not even including all of the Wii games left behind. We're looking at you, Super Mario GalaxyMetroid Prime Trilogy, and Wii Sports.

Oh, and the hidden gems — for both the Wii and for the Wii U.

There's no telling how long even refurbished systems will stick around before they become hard to find. So if you're a Nintendo Switch fan who skipped out on the last generation or two from Nintendo, here's your opportunity to make amends.