GameStop to recall 8GB Wii U Basic -- but why?

CNET has confirmed with several GameStop retail store locations that a recall has been initiated by GameStop corporate, but it's not clear why that's the case.

Nintendo's Wii U
Nintendo's Wii U Nintendo

Gaming retailer GameStop has initiated a recall on the 8GB Wii U Basic set, CNET has confirmed.

On Tuesday, gaming blog Kotaku cited a source who claimed that GameStop had requested its stores around the U.S. to return all new and unopened Wii U Basic sets still on store shelves. The return is expected to take place on June 18 -- a week after the big E3 gaming expo.

CNET on Wednesday called several GameStop stores to confirm the Kotaku report. All of those stores confirmed that the corporate office had initiated a recall, but they weren't sure why. The message GameStop corporate sent to stores also has not indicated why there has been a need for a recall.

Nintendo's Wii U has been suffering from poor sales since its launch. The company's 8GB Basic set costs customers $300, but some retailers have cut the price on that version lately. The higher-end Deluxe set, which adds more storage and comes with some additional accessories, sets customers back $350.

CNET has contacted Nintendo to determine why a recall is under way. We will update this story when we have more information.

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