According to some lovely unverified sources, several retailers (including Gamestop) are removing the basic 8GB Wii U edition from their shelves ahead of Nintendo's E3 presentation. Kotaku alleges that the consoles are actually being recalled, perhaps hinting that a new hardware line could well be announced on June 11th.
UPDATE: Nintendo has denied that they'll be ditching the hardware in a statement to Eurogamer, suggesting that this move is probably a unilateral decision by Gamestop itself. Watch this space.
White premium units have already been announced for Japan, while we've also seem some suspiciously cheap deals on our side of the pond recently - the anecdotal evidence is certainly mounting.
We poured scorn on the Basic Wii U edition for its shocking lack of storage space and extras in our Wii U hardware review. Don't expect us to be too cut up if this rumour turns out to be true. [Thanks for the tip, Jason!]