Update #2: The Wii U's Basic Set model is not being recalled, according to a statement from Nintendo of America to Polygon:
"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."
Update: It is looking like some retailers in the UK and the U.S. are simply relegating the Wii U space within the store that is less than "prime real estate." MCV is reporting that Nintendo UK has confirmed that there are currently no plans to pull the Wii U 8GB Basic unit from retail in the region, but several retailers in the region may yank the less expensive version of the console from shelves anyway. Several sources in the UK retail space have told the publication that retailers – including GAME – are reassessing the shelf space they have allocated to the Wii U. Some GAME outlets have already decided to move the Wii U from its current wall bay display spaces to smaller and less prominent areas within the store.
MCV speculates – based on conversations with retail sources – that if the console doesn't start selling better, UK retailers might start moving the Wii U to even less prominent spaces within stores, giving the more prominent spaces to upcoming systems such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo has told multiple outlets that it "doesn't comment on speculation or rumors," while GameStop has not publicly commented on this story.
Original Story: According to a report on Kotaku, the 8GB basic version of the Wii U console will be discontinued on June 18 at video game specialty retailer GameStop. But the move apparently isn't GameStop's idea – it's Nintendo's.
Kotaku is citing a report from an anonymous retail source saying that, as of June 18, all GameStop stores will need to return any remaining stock of Wii U Basic consoles to Nintendo. Nintendo launched two models of the Wii U in November of 2012, the 8GB Basic unit and 32GB Premium unit. The Premium Wii U came bundled with a copy of Nintendo Land. The Wii U has suffered from slow sales in 2013, and some retailers have reduced the price of the console in an effort to move unit sales.
Kotaku's source claims that GameStop has informed managers at its stores nationwide of the following:
"Nintendo Wii U Basic Recall – Two Week Preparation On Tuesday, 6/18, all stories will need to return all new/unopened Wii U Basic (020359). .. Stores that have 10 or more in stock will receive shipping cartons from the [distribution center]. .. All other stores will need to save shipping cartons for this recall."
We'll have more on this story as it develops.