Nintendo recently unveiled the launch dates and prices for its new Wii U system, and many retailers’ pre-order stock is now fast disappearing. At the time of publishing, GameStop has sold out of Deluxe units, but still has Basic left to pre-order, Best Buy is sold out of both, as is Sears, while Toys R Us has a ‘check back soon to pre-order’ message. Walmart is still taking pre-orders for both.
Overwhelming demand? Limited stock? Both?
While we can’t read too much into pre-orders selling out in North America, it’s going to be fascinating to see how the system sells at launch, and also how much stock Nintendo will be able to get into stores for what is – effectively – a global launch. Back in August there were rumours about manufacturing issues for the GamePad, while Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime recently told IGN the company willnot be selling the GamePad separately in North America in order to get as much console stock into stores as possible.