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Report: Wii U basic model being removed from GameStop stock on June 18

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The Wii U's basic model, the white version of the console that comes with 8 GB of storage, may soon be a thing of the past. According to a report on Kotaku, retailer GameStop has notified employees that existing Wii U Basic Set hardware will be "recalled" on Tuesday, June 18.

That's one week after Nintendo holds a Nintendo Direct broadcast timed with E3 2013 and a Wii U "software showcase" at the expo where it's likely we'll learn more about the company's plans for its underperforming console.

When contacted for comment about the GameStop recall, a Nintendo spokesperson told Polygon, "We do not comment on our business practices with retailers."

The Wii U Basic Set retails for $299.99 in the U.S. and comes with 8 GB of storage. A Deluxe model, which comes in black, boasts 32 GB of storage and includes a copy of Nintendo Land in the package as well as additional accessories and retails for $349.99.

Nintendo of Japan recently announced a new 32 GB model of the console in white, dubbed the Wii U Premium Set. It will retail for ¥31,500 when it goes on sale in Japan on July 13.