How Much Is A Wii U Worth In 2021?


Wii U

Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, it’s important to know how much a Wii U is actually worth. But with a couple of different models, it can be somewhat difficult to discern what a Wii U is selling for.

How much is a Wii U worth today? The Wii U Basic (8GB hard drive) sells for $153 on average, based on recently sold eBay listings. Meanwhile, the Wii U Deluxe (32GB) sells for $164 on average. Both consoles range in price, however, from just below $100 (for working systems with all necessary cables and components) to upwards of $250 (for complete-in-box systems).

ModeleBay (average sold price)Amazon (lowest price)GameStop (used price)
Wii U Basic (8GB)$153$190$120 (currently unavailable online)
Wii U Deluxe (32GB)$164$103$150 (currently unavailable online)

While the different models don’t vary all that significantly in terms of price, other factors can have a lot more of an impact. For example, variables such as whether or not the console ships with its original packaging, the condition the system is in, and even the retailer can affect pricing considerably.

And since the console has been discontinued, there isn’t really a going rate, as sealed in-the-box Wii U systems are somewhat rare. That being said, expect to see new Wii U hardware going for hundreds of dollars (if not more) on retail sites like Amazon and eBay.

(Please note: Prices and information below are accurate as of January 20, 2021. This article has been and will continue to be updated to reflect current rates, but prices can fluctuate. Additionally, the information provided is based on the models released in the United States. Models released in other regions may differ from the prices shown below.)

What Is A Wii U Basic Worth?

Wii U Basic

Price Overview:

  • Used: $78-$225
  • Refurbished: $120
  • New: ~$500+

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within two months previous to when this article was last updated (January 20, 2021).

What Is A Wii U Deluxe Worth?

Wii U Deluxe

Price Overview:

  • Used: $45-$230
  • Refurbished: $150
  • New: ~$600+

Pricing At Popular Retailers:

The eBay prices above are calculated using the retailer’s data of units sold within two months previous to when this article was last updated (January 20, 2021).

What Are The Differences Between The Wii U Basic And Deluxe?

Wii U Basic vs Wii U Deluxe

As the similar pricing would suggest, there aren’t too many differences between the various Wii U models. Back when these consoles were available new, the difference between the Basic and Deluxe models meant additional accessories and even a pack-in game; the Deluxe came with a couple of additional stands, a charging cradle for the GamePad controller, and Nintendo Land – all for an additional $50 MSRP.

Now that these consoles are no longer sold new in-store, these monikers really only mean two things – color and internal storage. The Wii U Basic is white and comes with 8 GB internal storage, while the Deluxe version is Black and comes with 32 GB internal storage.

What About Special Editions And Color Variants?

Legend Of Zelda Wii U

Since the Wii U wasn’t exactly the most successful Nintendo console ever, it never saw a ton of limited edition models or color variants. In fact, the only limited edition console commercially available in North America was the Legend Of Zelda: The Windwaker HD Wii U Deluxe Set. Even then, only the GamePad controller has a different design. The console itself is simply a standard black Deluxe model.

Partially because the Legend Of Zelda limited edition console isn’t too different than the standard Deluxe model, the price on the former system isn’t significantly more than a regular Wii U system. That being said, it’s definitely best to do your homework with limited edition consoles. In this case, it’s best to study eBay to find out what recent models have sold for and use previously sold data to guide your own purchasing/listing decision.

Additionally, the console wasn’t released in other color variants in North America. The only colors available are the white Basic model and the black Deluxe console.

Is It Still Worth Buying A Wii U Today?

Wii U GamePad

Finally, you might be wondering if it’s even worth purchasing a Wii U today. While the Wii U is an underrated console with a ton of great games, most of those games later came to newer hardware like the Nintendo Switch. So, is the Wii U worth owning? To put it simply, yes. Or, at least, it can be for the right gamer.

Backward compatibility Wii U is a great place to play fantastic original Wii games thanks to HDMI support, and the console also has access to select NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, and even Nintendo DS titles via the eShop. Additionally, the console is easy to mod, which opens the Wii U up to the GameCube library as well as Wii U titles from other regions. Essentially, this means that the Wii U can play games from nearly every major Nintendo console prior to the 3DS and the Switch.

Yes, the Wii U is somewhat of a forgotten Nintendo console – and yes, the system itself is no longer supported with new software. That being said, the library of available titles is absolutely massive, and the Wii U still remains one of the best ways to play handheld consoles like the GBA on HD televisions. While the Wii U might not be for everyone, it certainly has its merits – even today. Even after most of the Wii U’s best games have been re-released onto other hardware, there are still plenty of reasons to leave the console plugged into your TV.

Bobby Anhalt

Bobby is the founder of Retro Game Buyer. He adores video games and is passionate about sharing his knowledge, thoughts, and opinions on nostalgic retro titles.

2 thoughts on “How Much Is A Wii U Worth In 2021?

  1. Hey man. I enjoyed reading the articles you wrote. Well written and thorough, which I appreciate. I collect specific titles (mainly survival horror and adventure titles I loved as a child.) I unfortunately lost a good chunk of games when my cousin, who’s an addict, broke into my home and stole alot of my more rare titles, like Rule of Rose, some older Resident Evil and fatal frame games, as well as jewelry and music gear. The saddest part is some games taken I collected and enjoyed with my first born son who passed away in 2009. My second son, who is 9 now, is a big gamer aswell, and we enjoy many games together, mainly from the Zelda series. At any rate, thank you for your input and knowledge on retro and modern games and consoles. I’m rebuilding my library of games that were taken plus more and always enjoy reading what you have to share. Thanks.

    1. Thanks so much for the comment! Sorry to hear about your cousin; I wish y’all the best. I love that you and your son are experiencing gaming together – introducing him to some of the greats there I see. I imagine introducing him to something you love so much is such a joy.

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