Mere months after insisting a price drop was not coming for the Wii U, Nintendo has relented and cut the struggling console’s RRP by US$50.

From September 20, those in the US will be able to pick up the Wii U Premium Pack for US$300 (NZ$385).

A new Wind Waker HD bundle will be available at that same price, which includes a 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.

However, Nintendo said that as far the console’s price in New Zealand went, it had “nothing to announce at this time”.

Locally, the Wii U Premium Pack has an RRP of NZ$569.

“The price decline is pretty straightforward,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told IGN.

“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,” he added.

“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.”

In related news, Nintendo has announced launch dates for a number of upcoming Wii U and 3DS titles, including The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Sonic Lost World, and Pokémon X & Y.

Wii U:

Rayman Legends – 29th Aug
Just Dance 2014 – 1st Oct
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD – 5th Oct
Sonic Lost World – 19th Oct
Skylanders Swap Force – 16th Oct
Batman: Arkham Origins – 25th Oct
Wii Party U + Wii Remote Plus – 26th Oct
Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag – 31st Oct
Call of Duty: Ghosts – 5th Nov
Lego Marvel Super Heroes – 13th Nov
Watch Dogs – 21st Nov
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – Nov
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Dec
Super Mario 3D World – Nov
Wii Fit U – 2013


Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan – 30th Aug
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers – 20th Sept
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning – Sept
Moshi Monsters Katsuma Unleashed – 16th Oct
Pokémon X – 12th Oct
Pokémon Y – 12th Oct
Sonic Lost World – 19th Oct
Skylanders Swap Force – 16th Oct
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 23th Oct
Beyblade: Evolution – 24th Oct
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – 25th Oct
Angry Birds Star Wars – 30th Oct
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy – 9th Nov
Lego Marvel Super Heroes – 13th Nov
Mario Party: Island Tour – Nov
Ben 10 Omniverse 2 – Nov