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Will the Wii U be a valuable collector's item in 15 years?

BigBooper

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I'm deciding what to do with my Wii U. Everything works perfectly so I can either sell it or store it to hopefully become valuable. It was not a popular system, as everyone knows, so there's not a ton of them out there. That should mean that it's more likely to be scarce, so more likely to be valuable, but at the same time, it doesn't have hardly any exclusive games anymore since they almost all got ported to Switch so there's not really any gaming value to drive the price up.

There's a lot a pieces to the Wii U that could go wrong in that time too. Batteries in the gamepad and system, whatever the gyro meters are getting corroded. A lot of things to go wrong if you store it.

I'm more inclined to believe it will never be all that valuable, like the Virtual Boy, and that I don't want to deal with it. I'd hate to be kicking myself in 15 years if it's worth thousands though.
 

belmarduk

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I doubt it. You can get a Virtual Boy for around what the MSRP would've been and those are far rarer.
The Wii U sold 13.56 million.
 

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It's getting that way now, especially considering they did so many LE bundles for it.



While there's not many games left on Wii U that you can't get on Switch, it was uniquely weird and retains an underdog prestige which seems to add value. The Gamepad isn't sold separately outside of Japan either, so this will also contribute to shortages over time. When I had to replace mine I was shocked by how expensive Wii Us were selling for.

I doubt it. You can get a Virtual Boy for around what the MSRP would've been and those are far rarer.
The Wii U sold 13.56 million.

The VB isn't very collectable because it's, well, complete shit. Wii U for some reason is more attractive to collectors.
 

Fbh

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You might get more for it than now, but I doubt it will ever be truly valuable.

Unlike a lot of other failed systems, you can legally play an enhanced version of almost every WiiU games somewhere else
 

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I just recently bought an N64 game on the Wii U eShop. I think the console is not appreciated enough for the content it offers. You can even get NDS games on the eShop. I didn’t bother with the Castlevania Advanced collection because I own them on my Wii U. It has all the Metroid, Golden Sun, and other great GBA games on there. It’s one of the best retro emulators from Nintendo. I don’t know if I see it going up in price. I still look at my original Wii and it looks like someone would pay around $10 to $15 for it. I’d say the games are probably worth more than the console is. Unless of course you have a Wii U that is new CIB.
 

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Definitely not. It's not a desirable system, most of its good games are on Switch, and while it sold poorly it's not like there are only 100 of them out there.
 

Magic Carpet

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Need some sort of dust cover thats for sure. I think my Wii U has at least an inch of settlement on it.
 

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A long haul flight from wherever you are.
For a complete and fully functional Wii U boxed, absolutely but it will take longer than 15 years. It's not about the exclusivity of the library but Nintendo competionists wanting all the systems.
Systems are going to get stripped over the following years just for the gamepad, so a complete one will be much harder to find.
 
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Skifi28

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A wii U with tons of virtual console games installed? Sure. A stock one with boxed games you can also get on switch? Unlikely. So download tons of stuff and hope your storage doesn't crap on you.
 

Deerock71

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Look at this watch. It's worthless. Ten dollars from a vendor in the street. Take it out and bury in the sand for a thousand years and it becomes priceless. Men would kill for it. Men like you and me.
 
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cireza

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A wii U with tons of virtual console games installed? Sure. A stock one with boxed games you can also get on switch? Unlikely. So download tons of stuff and hope your storage doesn't crap on you.
You can softmod.

Overall, it will be like OG Xbox to me : the most valuable system for players, because of softmodding. Wii U opens up emulation for a ton of consoles, offers a proper HDMI output, offers handheld play, plays Wii U, Wii and GC games natively. You can't really beat this value.

Xbox OG is pretty much the same but for CRT. Still incredibly valuable to me in 2021, but not worth much money actually.
 
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gundalf

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I tend to say no but the hard dependency to the Gamepad puts it in a weird spot where it's hard to tell how the situation of complete and working units will look like in a decade or two.
 

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I've got mine (xenoblade bundle) with most all the good exclusives and I'm planning on keeping it to sell it someday. But I still play it. Was playing it today with my son.
 
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Calverz

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100% will be. It’s unique and has lot of pieces. Not that many were sold and it will be harder to find complete sets in the future. Also, although lots of games been ported to switch there are some that are better and built around the tablet controller like Mario maker and pikmin.
 

Deerock71

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100% will be. It’s unique and has lot of pieces. Not that many were sold and it will be harder to find complete sets in the future. Also, although lots of games been ported to switch there are some that are better and built around the tablet controller like Mario maker and pikmin.

It will be a priceless Devil's Third machine.
 

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I'm deciding what to do with my Wii U. Everything works perfectly so I can either sell it or store it to hopefully become valuable. It was not a popular system, as everyone knows, so there's not a ton of them out there. That should mean that it's more likely to be scarce, so more likely to be valuable, but at the same time, it doesn't have hardly any exclusive games anymore since they almost all got ported to Switch so there's not really any gaming value to drive the price up.

There's a lot a pieces to the Wii U that could go wrong in that time too. Batteries in the gamepad and system, whatever the gyro meters are getting corroded. A lot of things to go wrong if you store it.

I'm more inclined to believe it will never be all that valuable, like the Virtual Boy, and that I don't want to deal with it. I'd hate to be kicking myself in 15 years if it's worth thousands though.
In 15 years you’ll be able to hold a hard drive containing the complete WiiU library, perfectly emulated and enhanced, in the palm of your hand. No one will need a WiiU console itself.
As far as collectibility goes, it’ll be similar to how legacy consoles from 15-20 years ago are viewed; only the special editions or sealed NIB are worth any serious money.
 

Saint Boot

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The only thing that keeps me from getting rid of my wii and wiiu is the fact that a few of the games I really want ported are not on the switch yet if ever. That and I downloaded games from their Wii Shop that the Switch does not offer outside their rental service.

I also really miss the Tv screen setup for the games and other programs on the wii and wii u user interface and that quirky shop music.
 

jaysius

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No. It'll be more along the lines of the Virtual Boy.



It's a digital signal. HDMI will be compatible with everything well after 30 years.
Ok sure.

There are flies in the oniment like HDCP quirks and other bullshit.

I’m sure people 20 years ago said the same thing about CRT displays.
 
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Kuranghi

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30 years we won’t even have anything compatible with hdmi.

Old man in shop talking to me in 30 years: "I'm looking for an adaptor to convert from HDMI to GYPW"
Me: "Its gonna cost you an arm an a leg if you want good quality conversion, better to just upgrade to a Holo-TV with GYPW ports tbh mate"
 
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Kuranghi

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Its funny you ask this because a woman came in and told me she just bought a second hand Wii today and she wanted to convert from composite to HDMI because her current TV has HDMI only and I told her to buy a Wii U lol
 
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It's getting that way now, especially considering they did so many LE bundles for it.



While there's not many games left on Wii U that you can't get on Switch, it was uniquely weird and retains an underdog prestige which seems to add value. The Gamepad isn't sold separately outside of Japan either, so this will also contribute to shortages over time. When I had to replace mine I was shocked by how expensive Wii Us were selling for.



The VB isn't very collectable because it's, well, complete shit. Wii U for some reason is more attractive to collectors.
Many of the expensive games are shit though.
 

Karonoth

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Doubt it. It might have been if Nintendo hadn't ported most games to the Switch, but they did.
 

Astral Dog

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Not when all games have improved versions on Switch, right now mostly lacks Zelda HD ports and Xenoblade X(the latter pretty forgetteable imo)