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Nintendo says Wii U Basic Set model will continue to be available at retail

The Wii U's Basic Set model is not being recalled, according to a statement from Nintendo of America. The company issued the statement today in response to reports that the 8 GB model is being pulled from GameStop stores, and Nintendo says the less expensive Wii U package will continue to be available at retail.

"There is a current misperception about Wii U hardware," said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America's senior director of Corporate Communications, in a statement to Polygon. "To clarify: Nintendo is working with its retail partners to simply rebalance the stock of the White 8GB and the Black 32GB Wii U models in the market. Consumers looking for either model will continue to find them available."

The Wii U's white 8 GB Basic Set retails for $299.99 and its black 32 GB Deluxe Set, which includes a copy of Nintendo Land and additional accessories, retails for $349.99.

Earlier this week, GameStop reportedly informed store employees that on Tuesday, June 18, "all stores will need to return all new/unopened Wii U Basic" models to distribution centers. At the time, Nintendo said it does not comment on its business practices with retailers.

Nintendo recently announced a new model of the Wii U, a white console with 32 GB of storage, which is marketed in Japan as the Wii U Premium Set.

Nintendo plans to talk about its future Wii U plans at E3 next week, when the company will hold a Nintendo Direct and an E3 software showcase for media and partners.

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