Got a Wii U, a bit irritated at Fry’s

I was happy after we were able to preorder our Wii U yesterday at Fry’s to pick up today. However, I possibly should have read the fine print a little better.

The Wii U comes in 2 versions – the “basic” for $300 and the “deluxe” for $350. The deluxe is clearly the better option – it comes with Nintendo Land (a game that costs $60) and the console itself has 32 GB of storage instead of 8, and a vertical stand, and maybe some other stuff. (spoiler alert: I don’t know exactly what you get with the deluxe version!)

So when we ordered yesterday, we got a bundle that came with a Wii U, Nintendo Land, the new Mario game (which we were going to get anyway) and a “Wii Wand pack”, which we don’t really need since we already have 4 Wii controllers, but if it was rechargable that would be a nice bonus.

It turns out that they sold us the basic package, and added the two games at full price. And the “Wii Wand pack” is a third-party controller that is not rechargable. (I have a strong aversion to third-party controllers, for historical reasons)

I guess I haven’t bought a console on launch day…umm, ever? I assume it’s standard practice to bundle it, but it seems a bit cheeky to sell us the cheaper bundle so they could charge us more for the game. Sigh.

(and I’m patching now! What a wonderful world we live in, in that everything video game related requires patches before you can play…)

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