Wii U Already Selling Out
But if you haven’t yet secured yours via a preorder, you may have to wait until 2013 to get your hands on one.
As you might expect, given the huge cross-market appeal of the console’s predecessor and the release’s proximity to the all-important Christmas season, many major retailers (including Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart) have sold out their pre-order allocation of consoles from Nintendo already.
Those who can cast their minds back to 2006 will remember that when the original Wii launched, Nintendo had massive supply chain problems due to their simply not anticipating the sheer demand there would be for their innovative new console.
Whether similar issues will plague the Wii U’s launch remains to be seen, but it would be surprising if Nintendo allowed any shortage to last well into the New Year as it did in 2007.
According to the Japanese blog Sinobi, in a recent retailers’ meeting in Japan it was announced that there may be limited supply of the Wii U in Japan, but that Nintendo had “no issues” with the Wii U’s North American launch.
Pre-orders and inevitable overnight queues at retailers before launch night have no doubt been fuelled even more by Nintendo’s announcement that the Wii U would launch alongside a massive 23 games, including brand new entries in the Super Mario Bros, Epic Mickey, Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed series’.
Casual gamers and die-hard Nintendo fans alike will be much happier with this and the additional 29 games that will be released between launch and March 2013 than the lacklustre offerings that accompanied the launch of the Nintendo 3DS last year.
The release date for the Wii U North America is on 18 November. The Wii U ‘basic’ is priced at $300 (RRP), while the deluxe Wii U costs $350 (RRP).