The Wii U is in an odd spot. It never found the audience Nintendo was hoping for, and after two or three years it was already being phased out in favour of the Switch. Despite that, it's yet to receive a significant price drop, even as the more-successful PlayStation 4 and Xbox One take detours into discount city.
When the Wii U launched in 2012, it came in two flavours: Basic (8GB), which cost $US300 ($400) and was not good, and Premium (32GB), which came at a slightly steeper asking price of $US350 ($467). Basic has pretty much disappeared at this point, and Premium now costs $US300 ($400), but otherwise the official price hasn't budged.
For comparison's sake, the Xbox One has dropped from $US500 ($667) all the way to $US250 ($334), while the PS4 has gone from $US400 ($534) to $US300 ($400), with bundles running as low as $US250 and the PS4 Slim even going for $300 at one point in Australia.
For some reason, though, the Wii U — the least popular of them all — is content to stay at an imposing $US300 ($400) price point. And that will never change, given that Nintendo stopped producing new Wii Us in early November. At least maybe it will be a collector's item soon?