Wii U Pre-Orders Sell Out In Just A Few Days

By: Zach Walton - September 17, 2012

Apple set all kinds of sales records last week when the latest iPhone sold out in less than an hour. The Apple faithful are once again proving their power as some of the biggest consumer groups in the nation. While not as impressive, a certain Kyoto-based company also sold out its initial stock of pre-orders this weekend.

Retailers across the nation began to take pre-orders for Nintendo’s Wii U last Thursday. By Friday afternoon, many retailers had already sold through their initial allotment of the deluxe edition of the console that retails for $349.99 and comes with a copy of Nintendo Land. The $299.99 basic model is still available at some stores, but it’s going fast.

GameStop was the first to go out of stock of the deluxe set. We spoke to a GameStop employee who said they received an email on Friday telling them to stop taking pre-orders on the deluxe set. The basic set may still be available, but you should call your local GameStop before making the trip. The GameStop Web site lists both console SKUs as being sold out.

Other major retailers like Best Buy are sold out of both the deluxe and basic model. This is reflected on their Web site, and it’s unlikely that they’ll get more stock before launch. Other major retailers like Toys R Us, Target and Sears are also sold out of the highly anticipated console. Unfortunately, Amazon is still not taking pre-orders at this time.

Selling out of initial stock may look good now, but it’s hard to tell if this is an indication of the Wii U’s overall health. Nintendo may be intentionally limiting stock to create the illusion of scarcity. The console selling out in a matter of days definitely makes it look like something that everybody must have for the holiday season. We also don’t know if the pre-orders are coming from the die-hard Nintendo faithful, or the casual players that made the original Wii such a success.

Either way, now is the time to get a pre-order for the Wii U in. You probably missed out on the deluxe set if you haven’t pre-ordered now, but many retailers still have the basic set available. With the basic set, you’re just missing out on increased storage space and a free game. It’s not that big of a loss.

[h/t: Metro]

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  • http://tv-tastic.com TV-Tastic

    Has it occurred to anyone that Nintendo may be intentionally suppressing its initial stock that it provides retailers for the purpose of artificially increasing demand?

    Pre-order sell-outs mean nothing especially when there is no indication of what the initial stock will be for the retailers. What if each retailer only gets 100 units?

    You’re being had… all of you.

    • asdf

      You can talk when you have proof.
      I think the speed at which the iPhone 5 (the 5 being the most noticeable difference from its predecessors) sold out is bogus, but I’m not going around suggesting Apple stunted their supply. Does it kill you if you don’t rain on people’s parades? Can’t you just enjoy what you like without being pestered about why you like it?

  • http://webpronews.com Mike

    He spoke to a gamestop sales person. why didn’t he just ask him how many units they had for pre-order

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      I was not made privy to that information. He could tell me that they were told to stop taking pre-orders, but he wouldn’t let me know what their initial allotment was. I doubt that he even knows. From what I understand, GameStop corporate are the ones who call the shots on pre-orders and just alert stores when they should stop taking them.

  • james braselton

    yeah wii u preorders in a day the compution and cridits say wii u will flop there is zero demand for wii u console wii u more populare then wii and 3ds preorder demand soo wi u will out sell xbox 360 and ps3

  • james braselton

    hi there good news too the poeple that not preorder there wii u yet frys eltronics has the 8 gb wii u version

    • james braselton

      yes lets be hoping that nintendo dose not get a 10 year wait list for wii u

  • karsonn

    Regardless of how many were preorder. By Christmas it will be on every 10 year old wish list. Simply put there is no competition for the Wii U. Nintendo put the system out on a perfect time right before Christmas.

    I am a hardcore gamer, I certainly will take a look at this system for COD5. Why not? 349 isn’t a lot.

  • james braselton

    thats still amazing for non apple product too sell out that fast soo between apple and nintendo added 5% too global groth and 50,000 jobs created yeah more jobs

  • james braselton

    yes we dont know how many wii u are being produced for preorders what happens wii you had 2 billion units on preorders making gaming market the top 99.999% of gamming market

  • fasf

    Most people dont know but wal-mart makes you but the wii u on laway and add a 5 buck fee, i went it to my walmart on oct 25 to find out that no one had placed a wii u on laway as the employies were telling people to just come in on the 18th and pick one up. I desided it was in my best intersestto get another just in case my sister cant find one for her son.