In just a few short days the long, arduous wait for Wii U will be over - in North America at least - as Reggie Fils-Aime will hand over the very first Wii U console at the Nintendo World Store in New York City, in exchange for money of course.
It appears, however, that if you decided against pre-ordering a Wii U Deluxe Set then you might find it difficult to get hold of one at launch, as Nintendo of America's Scott Moffitt has revealed it has been selling like hot cakes; presumably the Basic Set is just selling like cold cakes...
Speaking to gamesindustry.biz, Moffitt said the response to the new console had been "phenomenal", as consumers have been flocking to their nearest retail outlets to get their pre-order down as soon as possible. Moffitt believes this incredible response shows that Nintendo has got its pricing "in a good spot."
Nintendo has had problems with console shortages in the past. When Wii was launched, there were issues getting the consoles out there fast enough to meet the high consumer demand. Moffitt believes the company has learnt its lessons from this and has plans to replenish stock much more frequently over the festive period.
Certainly we've seen brisk pre-sales and that the phone calls have been coming into our headquarters for quite a while now asking for more and so we do expect high demand. But I can tell you this - on opening week we will have more systems on hand for the Wii U than we did for the launch of Wii. And, second, our replenishments will be more frequent this holiday time than during the Wii launch.
However he was quick to cover his back as he went on to say, "it's impossible to exactly predict demand, and so I can't say that we won't have some shortages out there and that people won't have to be a little patient".
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