Can You Pawn or Sell A Nintendo Wii U At A Pawn Shop?

There’s a lot of video game systems out there, but the Nintendo Wii U is a bit of a special case.

The Nintendo Wii U is a slightly aging platform, but it has faired worse than others in a similar age bracket. To put it gently, it was widely considered to be the least understood game console of it’s generation and people just weren’t fond of them.

Very rarely do you ever here someone talk about that one really great Wii U game. Nobody fondly remembers getting together with a group of friends and playing their Wii U together.

The system overall was one that, to put it gently, people considered to be a total failure. While it’s competitors went on to sell tens and hundreds of millions of systems, Nintendo was only able to sell a little over 13 million Wii U consoles. That’s not just in America. That’s 13 million worldwide, including Japan, were Nintendo products tend to enjoy wild popularity.

How 'Pawnable' Is This Item

What Value Does This Item Have

Due to the low demand for this console it will probably come as no surprise that most pawn shops just don’t really want to deal with them. There’s virtually no demand for the console and because of that, it scores a “Very Poor” pawnability rating.

Equally, since nobody wants the system, the resale price of it is greatly impacted. You can find a good condition Wii U on eBay for about $40-$60 at the very most. The value rating for this system comes in at an equally bad “Very Poor” rating simply because they don’t have much value to begin with, let alone what a pawn shop could reasonably pay you for one and still expect to make any money on it when they sell it.

What To Bring With You:

If you are still determined to take your Wii U into a pawn shop to see what you can get for it, there are going to be some things that you absolutely want to bring.

  • Make sure you have BOTH the console and the hand/screen/controller… thing. Nobody really knows what to call that part you hold. It’s big, ugly, hard to handle, but you need it if you expect a pawn shop to work with you on your Wii U system.
  • Make sure that you bring both the power cord and the A/V cable as well so that the system is complete and the pawn shop can test it to make sure that it works properly.
  • Speaking of testing it, make sure that you bring at least one game with you. Preferably, you should take all of your games with you, but at least one game will get you started when trying to work with a pawn shop to get a loan or sell it outright to them. The only way they can full test it is to try to play a game.


Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Accept This Item 20%
Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Consider This Item Desirable 1%
Average Redemption Rate For This Type Of Item 10%
Percentage of Households That Have This Type Of Item 10%
Percentage Of Times This Type Of Item Is Pawned vs Being Sold 10%

So now we are going to have to deal with some hard facts. Just 20% of pawn shops will really work with a Wii U at this point and if they do, the offer is typically going to be very low.

Only 10% of pawn shops consider the Nintendo Wii U to be anything really desirable.

The average redemption ratio for one of these bad boys? Way under the national average for merchandise pawned at just 10%. Nobody plays them anymore so typically, they just leave them at the pawn shop to be resold.

Less than 10% of households still have one of these systems, and more often than not, the system is sold outright for money versus being used to make a loan against.

What Are Some Advantages To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • Well, since you likely haven’t touched your Nintendo Wii U in years, you probably won’t miss it.
  • You’ll be able to generate cash for something that as been collecting dust in your house for who knows how long.

What Are Some Drawbacks To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • It’s going to be really tough to find a pawn shop that will accept this system.
  • If you do find a pawn shop that will take this system, the likelihood is that they probably won’t pay you much for it.

Pawning or Selling Your Nintendo Wii U At A Pawn Shop

Oh boy, where to begin on this one…

I would say, try to find something else to pawn or sell if you really need to come up with some money in a hurry. It’s just going to be very tough to find someone to accept a Wii U or pay you anything substantial for it.

Worst case scenario, I might suggest your try to sell your Wii U through another outlet like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. This is just going to be one of those tough sells in a pawn shop.