Though there's no official word on how much the price will be cut in the UK, retailers are slashing around £30 off the price. It won't take effect until October 4, however.
The new price will take effect alongside the previously-confirmed Wind Waker HD bundle, which will also retail for $299.99 / roughly £250 and includes a 32GB hard drive, a special Zelda-themed GamePad, a digital copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and a digital version of the Zelda Hyrule Historia book.
Really, the focus on heightening the value for Wii U is now that we are in a position where we’ve got a regular pace of great software.“The price decline is pretty straightforward,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told JuJu2Cast. “Really, the focus on heightening the value for Wii U is now that we are in a position where we’ve got a regular pace of great software. Pikmin 3, New Super Luigi U that just launched physically, Wonderful 101 in September, and then Wind Waker. Then we’ve got strong third-party content coming for the holidays as well. Scribblenauts, Skylanders, Sonic Lost World, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV, Watch Dogs. So, strong pace of first-party, strong third-party content. Now’s the time to make the Wii U even more affordable and heighten the value.”
Fils-Aime also expressed excitement for Hyrule historia, telling us, “Digitally, it’s phenomenal. You could look at it through the GamePad. You can look at it on your big screen, turn the pages, search for specific items. It’s essentially a digital version of the book that you’ll be able to access through the GamePad, that you’ll download onto the system. It’ll be resident on the system. It’s really cool.”