How will Nintendo’s console fair when it’s released on this side of the Atlantic?
“Wii U is essentially sold out of retail and we are doing our best to continually replenish stock,” Reggie explained. “Retailers are also doing their best to get the product to store shelves. But as soon as product hits retail, they’re selling out immediately.”
Interestingly Nintendo also chose to release sales figures for their entire hardware offering last week, with Wii attracting 300,000 sales, 3DS 250,000 and regular ol’ DS at 275,000. Why are Nintendo releasing these figures? Well the fact is they’re rather encouraging, especially during the current economic woes effecting the US. We expect this new foundd sense of sharing is also to do with some investors and gamers doubting whether the WiiU can replicate the phenomenal sales of its predecessor which has clocked up nearly 100 million console sales worldwide.
The WiiU will be released in Europe this Friday with twenty-four games available at launch. Will it be an overnight success? Well, with Nintendo artificially stimulating demand by restricting retailers with small, albeit regular, shipments, we have no doubt many will be clamouring to get their hands on one. A word to the wise though, you probably won’t get one come launch night without a pre-order, but if you’re willing to wait until next week we’ve been told by a number of people in retail that WiiU supplies will be plentiful – it’s just a matter of waiting.
Oh Nintendo, you know just how to turn our cranks!
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