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Wii U Demo Pods Being Installed In UK GAME Stores

Posted by Andy Green

Hundreds of consoles sent out into the wild

It can be quite difficult to really sell the concept of a new console with just words and advertising alone; this is something Nintendo has found with Wii, 3DS and now Wii U. The best way for people to get a feel for what a new console is like is for them to literally get their mitts on it; that's exactly what Nintendo is hoping to allow UK consumers to do, as it has sent out Wii U demo pods to over a hundred GAME stores nationwide.

Nintendo's Wii U showcase tour is now coming to an end, so this will be a good opportunity for those still on the fence about the system to go out and play it for themselves. It's unclear at this point which games will be available to play on the demo units but we'd expect Nintendo Land and possibly New Super Mario Bros. U to be present.

Here's the complete list of participating GAME stores and the dates you'll find a Wii U demo pod within them:

29.11.12: Barry: Unit 2, 81/87 Holton Road, South Glamorgan, CF63 4HG
28.11.12: Basingstoke: Unit 15, Festival Place, Hampshire, RG21 7BE
20.11.12: Bedford: 27-29 Midland Road, Bedfordshire, MK40 1PL
21.11.12: Bishops Stortford: Unit 5, Jacksons Square, Hertfordshire, CM23 3QX
26.11.12: Blackpool: 35 Corporation Street, Lancashire, FY1 1EJ
22.11.12: Bolton: 2-4 Newport Street, Greater Manchester, BL1 1NB
28.11.12: Bournemouth: Unit 21, Castle Point Shopping Centre, Dorset, BH8 9UZ
21.11.12: Bracknell: 40 High Street, Berkshire, RG12 1LL
23.11.12: Bridgend: 19-20 The Rhiw Shopping Centre, Mid Glamorgan, CF31 3BL
23.11.12: Bristol: Unit 1, The Galleries, Avon, BS1 3HS
23.11.12: Bristol: 28 Broadmead , Avon, BS1 3HA
01.12.12: Bromley: Unit 6, The Glades Centre, Kent, BR1 1DD
21.11.12: Bury: Unit F02,The Rock, Greater Manchester, BL9 0JY
26.11.12: Bury St Edmunds: 42a The Butter Market, Suffolk, IP33 1DX
29.11.12: Caerphilly: 27 Castle Court Shopping Centre, Mid Glamorgan, CF83 1NU
30.11.12: Camberley: Unit 1C, Grace Reynolds Walk, Surrey, GU15 3SN
23.11.12: Carmarthen: Unit 23, Merlins Walk, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3BN
21.11.12: Chelmsford: 16 Exchange Way, Essex, CM1 1XR
22.11.12: Chester: 46 Forgate Street, Cheshire, CH1 1HA
30.11.12: Chesterfield: 26 Burlington Street , Derbyshire, S40 1RR
21.11.12: Clacton on Sea: 40 Pier Avenue, Essex, CO15 1QN
27.11.12: Clydebank: 6 Britannia Way, Dunbartonshire, G81 2RZ
28.11.12: Coventry: Unit 7, Arena Park, West Midlands, CV6 6AS
29.11.12: Crawley: 10-12 The Martletts, West Sussex, RH10 1ES
01.12.12: Crayford: Unit 2a, Tower Retail Park, Kent, DA1 4LD
01.12.12: Dartford: Unit U023, Upper Rose Gallery, Kent, DA9 9SP
28.11.12: Derry: Unit 5, Richmond Centre, Co. Londonderry, BT48 6PE
22.11.12: Dudley: Unit L98, Phase 4 Merry Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1SJ
27.11.12: Dunfermline: 10 Kingsgate Centre, Fife, KY12 7QA
27.11.12: East Kilbride: 24 Princes Mall, South Lanarkshire, G74 1JU
26.11.12: Exeter: Unit 1 Guildhall Shopping Centre, Devon, EX4 3HP
20.11.12: Gateshead: 17 Red Pathway, Tyne & Wear, NE11 9HX
27.11.12: Glasgow: 285 Provan Walk, Glasgow City, G34 9DY
27.11.12: Glasgow: 43 Union Street, Glasgow City, G1 3RB
21.11.12: Glasshoughton, Castleford: Unit F113, Freeport, West Yorkshire, WF10 4SB
29.11.12: Gloucester: Unit 8b Market Way, Gloucestershire, GL1 1QH
26.11.12: Great Yarmouth: Unit 13, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Norfolk, NR30 2AX
24.11.12: Harrogate: Unit 4, The Victoria Centre, North Yorkshire, HG1 1AE
29.11.12: Hastings: 18 Priory Meadows, West Sussex, TN34 1PH
21.11.12: Hayes: Unit 7b, Lombardy Retail Park, Greater London, UB3 3EX
21.11.12: High Wycombe: Unit F1, The Octagon Centre, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2HU
27.11.12: Hinckley: 52 Castle Street, Leicestershire, LE10 1DB
24.11.12: Hull: 59-60 Prospect Centre, East Riding, HU2 8PW
21.11.12: Huntington: Unit B, Monks Cross retail Park, North Yorkshire, YO32 9GX
22.12.12: Ilford: Unit 13, Exchange Shopping Centre, Essex, IG1 1RP
27.11.12: Inverness: Unit 18, Eastgate Centre, Highland, IV2 3PP
21.11.12: Leeds: Unit 13 Headrow Centre, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JB
21.11.12: Leeds: Unit 50, White Rose Centre, West Yorkshire, LS11 8LL
01.12.12: Lewisham: 212 Lewisham High St, Greater London, SE13 6JP
30.11.12: Lincoln: 9-12 Cornhill, Lincolnshire, LN5 7HE
21.11.12: Liverpool: Unit B, Belle Vale Shopping Centre, Merseyside, L25 2RQ
21.11.12: Liverpool: 72 Lord Street, Merseyside, L2 1TL
22.11.12: London: 32 The Mall, Shopping City, Greater London, N22 6YQ
20.11.12: London: 124 Camden High Street, Greater London, NW1 0LU
20.11.12: London: Unit SU159 Westfield London Shopping Centre, Greater London, W12 7GG
20.11.12: London: 188-196 Regent Street, Greater London, W1B 5BT
27.11.12: Loughborough: 31-32 Carillon Court, Leicestershire, LE11 3XA
20.11.12: Manchester: 35 Peel Avenue, Greater Manchester, M17 8DF
20.11.12: Manchester: Unit 12b Crowne Point Shopping Park, Greater Manchester, M34 3JP
20.11.12: Manchester: Unit 59, Arndale Centre, Greater Manchester, M4 3AB
20.11.12: Milton Keynes: 28 Crown Walk, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3AH
23.11.12: Neath: 29 Green Street, West Glamorgan, SA11 1DF
03.12.12: Newcastle: 3 Chevy Chase, Tyne & Wear, NE1 7XP
22.11.12: Newcastle-Under-Lyme: 90 High Street, Staffordshire, ST5 1QQ
20.11.12: Northampton: Unit 5E Weston Favell Shopping Centre, Northamptonshire, NN3 8JZ
26.11.12: Norwich: 2-10 Back of the Inns, Norfolk, NR2 1PT
27.11.12: Nottingham: Unit 308A, Victoria Centre, Nottinghamshire, NG1 3QN
22.11.12: Nuneaton: 7-9 Queens Road, Warwickshire, CV11 5JL
29.11.12: Orpington: 8 Nugent Shopping Park, Kent, BR5 3RP
30.11.12: Peterborough: Unit 15c Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Cambridgeshire, PE7 8BE
26.11.12: Plymouth: Unit SU17 Drake Circus, Devon, PL1 1EA
28.11.12: Poole: 171-173 High Street, Dorset, BH15 1AU
30.11.12: Portsmouth: 226 Commercial Road, Hampshire, PO1 1HG
26.11.12: Preston: Unit H1a Deepdale Retail Park, Lancashire, PR1 6QY
23.11.12: Reading: Unit 18, Oracle Shopping Centre, Berkshire, RG1 2AQ
23.11.12: Rhyl: 38 High Street, Denbighshire, LL18 1ET
22.11.12: Romford: Unit 15, Liberty 2 Centre, Essex, RM1 3EE
20.11.12: Rugby: 33 Manning Walk , Warwickshire, CV21 2JT
24.11.12: Sheffield: Unit 15 The Gallery, South Yorkshire, S9 1ER
30.11.12: South Normanton: McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, Derbyshire, DE55 2ER
30.11.12: Spalding: Unit 25, Springfields Factory Outlet, Cambridgeshire, PE12 6EU
23.11.12: St Helens: 30/32 Lagrange Arcade, Merseyside, WA10 1BN
22.11.12: Stafford: 4-6 Gaolgate Street, Staffordshire, ST16 2BG
30.11.12: Staines: SUB Norris Road, Greater London, TW18 4WA
21.11.12: Stevenage: Unit 4A, The Forum, Hertfordshire, SG1 1EH
03.12.12: Stockton: Unit 4b Teeside Park, Cleveland, TS17 7BW
28.11.12: Stratford upon Avon: Unit Q, Maybird Retail Park, Warwickshire, CV37 0HZ
23.11.12: Swansea: Unit 2, The Pod, West Glamorgan, SA1 7DF
23.11.12: Swindon: 7 REGENT STREET, Wiltshire, SN1 1JQ
27.11.12: Taunton: 45-46 Fore Street, Somerset, TA1 1NE
27.11.12: Tayside,: Unit 19, St John's Centre, Perthshire, PH1 5UX
29.11.12: Tunbridge Wells: Unit 10, 113 Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, Kent, TN1 2SR
21.11.12: Uxbridge: 31 Chequers Square, Greater London, UB8 1LN
22.11.12: Wakefield: Unit G45, Trinity Walk, West Yorkshire, WF1 1QS
21.11.12: Watford: Unit 38, The Harlequin Centre, Hertfordshire, WD17 2T
21.11.12: West Thurrock: Unit 106, Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex, RM16 1WT
27.11.12: Weymouth: 95 St Mary Street , Dorset, DT4 8NY
21.11.12: Woking: Unit 10, Peacocks Centre, Surrey, GU21 1GB
23.11.12: Wrexham: 50/52 Regent Street, Clwyd, LL11 1RR
27.11.12: Yeovil: 10 High Street, Somerset, BA20 1RG

Will you be hoping to get down to your local store and play some Wii U?

[via mcvuk.com]

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User Comments (14)

Tsuchiya

#1

Tsuchiya said:

Nice to know Nintendo got out a map to find where Merseyside is.
I'll be heading down. See what's what.
Preordered mine anyway but It'll be fun :D

DazzaAdmin

#2

Dazza said:

Seriously, the ghost-town of Hinckley is on the list... but not the world renowned city of Cambridge?

I'm going to complain to my local MP about this! :p

ThomasBW84Admin

#4

ThomasBW84 said:

My local in Livingston isn't there, fine, but no Edinburgh? It's the capital of Scotland for Pit's sake!

Boooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

I'll just have to bloomin' buy one now...

Ren

#5

Ren said:

I hope they're better than the ones here. In the Gamestop here I played one; Beautiful big display, lit up all blue and nice menus so I went right to it.
You can sift through promo pages, and play Rayman legends (which is great). Every other one is unplayable and even the Nintendo ones only had STILL PICTURES no trailers, only a couple 3rd party games had trailers. Just sad; I was MORE dissappointed holding the thing and not being able to play it than not seeing it all. what a waste. What crappy marketing; and in the biggest gamestore chain here. One of a few things that actually has turned me off of WiiU. That told me that it's not ready enough to buy yet. I'll wait a few months and check back on it's progress.

RupeeClock

#6

RupeeClock said:

Oh maaaan, of all the 8 or so stores getting their demo on the actual UK launch, my local one in Portsmouth is one of them.

So I don't even have a chance of demoing one before I buy it now.

Marakuto

#9

Marakuto said:

It's a shame the GAME in Croydon was closed a few months ago, it could've been there but Bromley can still do.

bouncer0304

#10

bouncer0304 said:

I'll be going to Neath on Friday (it's a small town in South Wales). We never get any events so it'll be nice, especially since i can't afford one yet :-( Surprised there's no Cardiff though. Odd choice but landed that i can go into my local store and try it out for once. I may be ill but i'm going :-)

crumpledpapyrusStaff

#11

crumpledpapyrus said:

The Wii U showcase tour missed Edinburgh out too, yet still went to Glasgow... What do Nintendo have against Scotland's capital??

AhabSpampurse

#12

AhabSpampurse said:

Jebus, you've got Caerphilly, an armpit of a town tucked away on the edge of the Welsh valley, or less than 10 miles away, Cardiff bloody city, the capital of Wales! Where is the sense in that I ask you?!

Banker-Style

#14

Banker-Style said:

My local Game at Peterborough won't get their's in till launch day then,shame.
I would've like to tried it before launch day,but hey.

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