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Wii U Pre-Orders Selling Out in the U.S.

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

If you haven't ordered one, cross those fingers

Last week we produced a Wii U pre-order guide, as a starting point for those interested in securing the new system before launch. Unfortunately, if you've been hesitating for too long it looks like you may miss out, with online orders at least.

The story that GameStop was sold out of Deluxe bundles started at the weekend, but it seems that it's a trend now happening at other retailers. At the time of writing GameStop's website only has the Basic Set available to buy, while Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, Sears and K-Mart websites aren't currently taking orders on any models. A browse of Walmart's website, meanwhile, shows that the retailer is happy to use the situation to earn more cash, by only offering Wii U pre-orders as part of a bundle deal for $409.00. At this stage we don't know whether pre-order sales are very high, whether guaranteed stock is low, or indeed whether these retailers are simply waiting for confirmation of extra inventory from Nintendo. We also don't know for sure how many of these pre-orders are from genuine gamers, or simply those keen to snap one up and flog it on eBay.

Whatever the reasons, it's certainly no bad thing from Nintendo's perspective to see pre-orders selling out in the United States. We'll keep an eye out for updates, but there's one important question: have you got your pre-order in?

[via g4tv.com, multiplayerblog.mtv.com]

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User Comments (69)

MrWalkieTalkie

#1

MrWalkieTalkie said:

SOOOO glad I pre-ordered my Deluxe! Pre-Ordered at Best Buy because they're the only people in town who take REALLY good care of their electronics!

LittleIrves

#3

LittleIrves said:

Drove to TRU on Saturday to put $20 down on the Deluxe Set. I wasn't going to, but got anxious after all the reports on Friday of GameStop/Best Buy/Target already being sold out. Very happy I did. Interestingly, there was zero promotion or visible info on the Wii U in the Games section... probably one reason why Toys R Us was one of the last to sell out. GameStop has had those cardboard boxes in store for a month at least. Very intrigued to see how this all shapes up come Nov. 18....

bezerker99

#4

bezerker99 said:

I am waiting till next year to get a Wii U. Gonna avoid the consumer demand and all that noise.

ReindeerDasher

#5

ReindeerDasher said:

I haven't pre-ordered. I have the money for it, but that's all my extra money. While I want a Wii U, I also want people to buy a ton of Wii Us. I hope that places get a good amount of Wii Us, instead of a few a day, as that was terrible with the Wii for a long time.

Marios-love-child

#6

Marios-love-child said:

I'm in the uk but glad I pre-ordered. Can't be too carefull

I remember how difficult the Wii was to get hold of for the first couple of years, chances are it may not be like that again but dont want to chance it.

majinx07

#8

majinx07 said:

I was able to pre-order the Deluxe Set over the phone due to an employee from Gamestop calling me to let me know that they were going to stop taking pre-orderes the day after they revealed the price and launch date.

Pokefanmum82

#9

Pokefanmum82 said:

i've pre-ordered two of them. just not sure where I'm getting it from yet, either Best Buy or Future Shop. I don't think they've sold out in Canada yet though, at least for online pre-orders.

zipmonStaff

#10

zipmon said:

Done & dusted - I actually left the Nintendo Direct stream in the middle on Thursday to go pre-order! =D

NorthLightSuplx

#11

NorthLightSuplx said:

Why is the headphone jack on the Wii u gamepad at the top of the controller and not the bottom? It just does not make sense.

Nintenjoe64

#12

Nintenjoe64 said:

I got a black on on amazon uk and then checked to see if they had sold out and saw a Zombi U package for £329 so I got that too.

I'll be annoyed if they don't sell out now because my first one has ebay written all over it!

rjejr

#14

rjejr said:

If I was a US reatiler I would be taking very few pre-orders. Need to at least advertise 5 of these on shelves for BF if you want anybody to come into your store.

Kirk

#15

Kirk said:

I have no doubt the Wii U will have a pretty successful launch, just like the 3DS did too. There's more than enough Nintendo fans, early adopters and casuals out there to have a great launch. It remains to be seen how well it will do after launch however. If it's anything like the 3DS then Nintendo will have a problem on their hands.

8GB

#16

8GB said:

I was extremely lucky to pre-order the deluxe version at Best Buy two days ago after all Game Stop and Toys R Us stores in my area were sold out. I was starting to panic.

Metal_Slugger

#17

Metal_Slugger said:

It took me about a year to find a Wii at retail price after it was released. Thats why I preordered. Just incase. I would of preordered anyways I am pretty excited to check out the new system just gave me more a kick in the butt to get it over with, and not wait on Amazon.com to come through.

Intrepid

#19

Intrepid said:

I didn't have the chance to pre-order it. I guess I'll just have to remain hopeful...

Boo_Buster

#20

Boo_Buster said:

Anyone who buys one just to sell is a term that basically breaks down to "vaginal wash bag". Yup, I'm talking to you. Get a life. Hopefully no one will be dumb enough to pay twice the amount of the retail price and let these fools drown themselves in extra Wii U's. Have fun!

Bobhobob

#21

Bobhobob said:

Ugh, hope they get more Deluxe models in stock soon, I didn't have enough money saved up to buy, and I wont until sometime in October... NINTENDO MAKE MORE WII U DELUXE MODELS RIGHT NAOW!!!!!111!!1!!1!3!!!i!!!!2!!111!9

ArcanaXVI

#22

ArcanaXVI said:

Pre-ordered the Deluxe right before they ran out at GameStop. Incredibly glad I did!

ShadJV

#24

ShadJV said:

Hah. This is why I preordered Thursday as soon as I got out of class at noon. After the difficulty securing a Wii at launch, I saw this coming. Honestly, I don't have a lot of sympathy for people who waited to preorder, this is to be expected after how the Wii was received. I mean, it was only a $50 deposit at GameStop to preorder ($25 for rewards members).

Also, to any jerks buying extras to sell on eBay (just in general)... I hope karma gets you good. There are going to be plenty of kids wanting this system for Christmas, only to be disappointed when "Santa" couldn't get one from the store or afford the scalpers on eBay. The holidays should not be about ripping people off. Don't be a Scrooge.

Alienfish

#25

Alienfish said:

If you haven't been able to preorder online, then try going directly to the store. Each store is going to have a limit and the online component usually has its own limit.

benandarchie

#26

benandarchie said:

I'm going to wait. I don't like getting a console at launch as it makes you buy not very good games. I'll wait maybe a year or two until really good games are out. Especially my favourite game series of all time, smash bros.

arrmixer

#27

arrmixer said:

I was lucky to preorder mine at gamestop friday after work... I just hope the leeches get stuck with these wii U's..... I don't want to see parents get desperate :(

Also, I wonder if the chinese riots are causing any delays in manufacturing??? Is the Wii u being manufactured in China or Japan?

FluttershyGuy

#29

FluttershyGuy said:

Not only preordered, but sent a credit card well on its way to maxed out fairly bright & early Thursday to avoid a repeat of the nightmare It was finding a Wii. I couldn't afford one at launch, then there was the infamous shortages.

I finally got one April 1, 2008, about a year-and-a-half after launch. When someone at a Wal-Mart said they just got a shipment, I think I asked if it was an April Fools joke. Needless to say, I flew like a Batsy out of Gotham to pick one up. Benefit of getting it that long after launch, though, was the ability to bring Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy home with me. Plus, there was a pretty good VC library built up.

@Applejacklove
That's smart, having it delivered. It'll be a madhouse at my GameStop on Nov. 18th., and I'm going to feel the need to have security escort me to my vehicle like a little old lady. :p I'll have the pepper spray at the ready! Even then, I'll feel like I'm in a movie on the way home, checking my rear view mirror to see if I'm being followed! If you hear of a crazy car chase in Tulsa on the news, you know that's just FluttershyGuy trying to evade those who would steal his Wii U! Too bad I don't have a white Bronco, for authenticity. :p

Qazwet

#30

Qazwet said:

getting a wii u for christmas! Getting nswbu and nintendo land and zombiu

SuperMinusWorld

#32

SuperMinusWorld said:

Well I'm so happy that everyone is able to brag about pre-ordering a Premium Edition Wii U, while my friends and I (on the other hand) didn't get a chance to. Any ideas when another shipment will come in?

Haxonberik

#33

Haxonberik said:

Pre-ordered the Walmart bundle... I already found a home to the pesky wii controller ( possibly) and got rayman legends with it

Haxonberik

#34

Haxonberik said:

Pre-ordered the Walmart bundle... I already found a home to the pesky wii controller ( possibly) and got rayman legends with it

FluttershyGuy

#35

FluttershyGuy said:

On a side note, Wal-Mart ticks me off. They're so special, getting to do their own special forced bundle packages (BARF). Just like they were so special getting to drop 3DS' price early.

Oh, I called a couple of them on Wednesday to see if they were doing preorders in-store. Neither person even knew what a Wii U is!!! Reason # 547 to hate Wal-Mart: Sticking employees in departments with products they don't know THING ONE about! :o When I'm in good enough shape that I can afford to shop elsewhere, I'm swearing off Wal-Mart FOREVER (that's 4 evers ;)).

SomeBitTripFan

#37

SomeBitTripFan said:

I was unable to find ANYTHING but, on Walmart there is a way to get the Wii U Deluxe for $350. It cost me $ because $387 because of taxes and shipping though. Type in "walmart wii u 32 gig nintendo" you should find it then.

TheDreamingHawk

#38

TheDreamingHawk said:

URRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH. Why must my grandma insist that preordering is not needed for a new "color" of the old wii?:(

kyuubikid213

#39

kyuubikid213 said:

I was originally going to get the Deluxe Set, but after they all sold out, I took that to be a sign that I was supposed to get the Basic Set. I don't normally look for signs, and they don't normally find me. There was just one other sign in my whole life. When I went to buy the 3DS, I was originally going to get a DSi. But with everything we were trading in, the total amount of money I had came up to the price of the 3DS with tax...every penny...exactly $267.49.

Emaan

#41

Emaan said:

Pre-ordered my deluxe at Best Buy over the weekend, at the store, not online. Hopefully they'll hold on to one for me like they said. Not sure if they have a limit on how many they say they'll be holding. Oh well, I have my $5 and receipt down and ready for November 18. :D

evildevil97

#42

evildevil97 said:

Gonna pick up a Deluxe from the Target I work at as soon as I can. If they're out, they're out. I'll end up with one eventually. I get discounts there, so I'll be paying a good price.

Firejonie

#43

Firejonie said:

I'm lucky that I pre ordered my Deluxe right after the conference. Going to line up at around 6:00PM on November 17th at my GameStop to get my Wii U at midnight ( they didn't say anything about a midnight release at my GameStop, but they had a 3DS one so they'll probably have one for the Wii U.).

Ras

#44

Ras said:

I was going to wait and see how the situation with Amazon was going to shake out, but I finally got antsy and bought my Deluxe from Best Buy on Friday. I liked the idea of preordering from Amazon and not having to pay until November, but they're not playing ball. From Emaan's post, it sounds like I could have essentially had the same deal had I walked into a BB, but this way I have already paid and therefore am assured a system (or I'll have to use my hammer and boot stickers on someone).

MrWalkieTalkie

#45

MrWalkieTalkie said:

@techwiz97 No I like them, but they were sold out on Deluxe Wii Us and when I asked they just said "dont even bother trying other stores just pre-order Basic Wii U from us" So I was kinda angry with them just telling me to give up all hope. They told me there was no other store but the Best Buy had plenty of Deluxe, so they're just lying to me to get my money!

Nin-freak

#47

Nin-freak said:

I'll just go to my local Meijer store the day it comes out. They don't offer pre-orders, and it's for a good reason. Plus most people who want electronics don't go there, so they always have them in stock.

NintyMan

#49

NintyMan said:

Good thing my Deluxe Wii U kit was pre-ordered on that Thursday. This is starting to look like the Wii drought, but I hope Nintendo learned something from that. At least this means that the Wii U is on the fast track to being a success.

cyphid

#50

cyphid said:

Got myself a Deluxe at Kmart; they screwed up and listed the Deluxe for $299.

BudDudSlash

#51

BudDudSlash said:

I preordered mine in the middle of the day on the first day it was available. Asked the sales person if I was #1... was told I was actually #5. Crazy.

Metal_Slugger

#52

Metal_Slugger said:

@cyphid I did to and seen that but when I went to go to check out it was the right price. I tried like you know what to get it for 299. I didn't see the basic set for sale there though.

Scarlet5683

#53

Scarlet5683 said:

I didn't preorder the deluxe set in time, and today they said the next shipment would be in February... It's a shame I'm so stubborn, because then I could have a happy Christmas with a white Wii U. But no.

ianmage1

#54

ianmage1 said:

I need to do this soon! Is it true that every GameStop is sold out or is there still hope for me?

sinalefa

#55

sinalefa said:

I will wait then. Thankfully NIntendo has not even announced any essential title yet (with the exception of the new Smash Bros, which will take ages to be released anyway) so I can be patient and see how the launch models fare.

Voodoo

#56

Voodoo said:

Wait! Somethings wrong with all this... You people werent susposed to get one of these because Apple said they want to take over this market and the rest of the world... Oh well, I played rebel against them too, preordered the deluxe and (read this part over and over until it sinks in real good) TRADED A 3rd GEN IPOD TOUCH IN towards the preorder!!!

ianmage1

#59

ianmage1 said:

@ThomasBW84 Thanks. I need to look elsewhere for the deluxe set. I can't believe they've sold out this quickly! This is the biggest disappointment in a long time...

RedYoshi999

#61

RedYoshi999 said:

There aren't any shortages in Australia so I was easily able to pre-order a Premium Wii U last week.

JJtheTexan

#62

JJtheTexan said:

I pre-ordered on Day 1 from Target, but I am seriously debating whether to cash in on eBay after I receive it. I REALLY want one, but it's hard to turn down what could be several hundred dollars cash...

Banker-Style

#64

Banker-Style said:

I heard in parts of the UK some of the pre-orders have sold out.
Seems like I better pre-order a premium Bundle ASAP.

Vehemont

#66

Vehemont said:

Well I had to settle for a Basic Wii U at gamestop.com, as I waited to long to pre-order the Deluxe Wii U. sigh oh well, at least I know I am getting one launch week (hopefully it ships fast). Note if you are still looking at getting one, you will probably have to go on GameStop.com because the GameStop stores in my area were no longer taking preorders on any Wii U systems.

TheN64Dude

#67

TheN64Dude said:

I went to GameStop the day after the launch announcement and they only had Basic set. Which is a good thing because I wanted the white one.

StarDust4Ever

#68

StarDust4Ever said:

I can promise you my deluxe bundle pre-order is going to a good home. No console of mine will get caught being hocked on eBay for $700! ;)

ElementalChaos

#69

ElementalChaos said:

Thank god I preordered my Deluxe. It was a really close call, and I was becoming worried that I couldn't afford it.

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