Nintendo offers new Wii U bundle aimed at core gamers

Don't call it a Wii U price cut, but Nintendo wants to bring the cost of admission down for hardcore gamers with a new hardware and software bundle.

The ZombiU Deluxe Set includes a Wii U console with 32GB of storage, one Wii U GamePad touchscreen controller, a charging cradle for the GamePad, and a Wii U Pro Controller for gaming without the touch screen.

As for software, the bundle includes ZombiU, plus a collectible booklet with artwork and developer commentary. There's also a voucher to download Nintendo Land, a collection of mini-games.

The bundle launches in the United States on February 17 for $390, for a savings of $70. In Europe, the same bundle has been available since last year.

ZombiU is one of the more interesting games for the Wii U, as uses the controller's touchscreen in some clever ways. For instance, you must look down at the touchscreen to dig through inventory in real time, or pan the controller around the room to find zombies in the dark.

Wii U sales so far

Nintendo's had some rough sailing with the Wii U so far. Although the company announced sales of 3 million units worldwide as part of the Deluxe Set announcement, last week Nintendo lowered its sales forecast for the upcoming quarter. Nintendo had previously expected 5.5 million Wii U sales through March, but now the company's revised estimate stands at 4 million in sales.

To stir more interest, Nintendo hosted a web broadcast last month and promised new games in the works starring Mario and Link (of the Legend of Zelda series). However, the company didn't announce release dates or show any footage for those titles. Since most of Nintendo's grand promises aren't materializing any time soon, the new bundle might help to nudge some gamers on board now.

If ZombiU isn't your thing, Target is selling a $380 Wii U bundle with New Super Mario Bros. U instead, but without the additional Wii U Pro controller.

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