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Asda Stores No Longer Stocking New Wii U Systems or Games

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Limited stock via Asda Direct

Update:

Following the emergence of this story around various outlets, Asda has contacted MCV to state that Wii U consoles have only ever been available in around 100 stores, rather than all 555 around the UK. Wii U systems will apparently continue to play a part on Asda Direct — the online store — with limited availability currently the result of the reduced hardware going out of stock. The absence of 3DS hardware on Asda Direct is said to be a result of price promotions also selling out stock, with the chain stating that it's increasing support for the handheld. It's also reiterated that Wii U hardware can be picked up in store if ordered using Asda Direct's Click & Collect service.

As outlined in the original article below, the Asda Direct website doesn't currently demonstrate much support for Nintendo systems, with just eight Wii U products currently available.

Original article:

Earlier today we reported the happy news of Pikmin 3 making its UK chart debut at number two, as well as the continuing good performance of key 3DS games. However, some particularly bad news for the system's fortunes and publicity in the UK has arrived with confirmation that Asda, a major supermarket chain with over 550 stores, has stopped stocking new Wii U products, while Asda Direct — its online store — appears to be running down older products.

This applies to hardware, new games — including Pikmin 3 — and accessories, which aren't being included in stores, with the company saying the following to CVG in relation to products via the online-only Asda Direct.

Asda continues to offer customers a selection of Wii U games and accessories through Asda Direct, but these ranges are currently not on offer in Asda shops.

...Asda will stock [Wii U] games on a title by title merit basis as they come along through Asda Direct. We will continue to support Nintendo as a format holder partner.

Despite the "title by title merit basis", Pikmin 3 isn't available on Asda Direct at the time of writing.

The poor performance of the Wii U in 2013 may explain reluctance from some retailers, but this Asda stance is surprising in light of Nintendo aggressive release schedule designed to revive the system in the second half of the year. Retailer concerns were particularly prominent earlier in the year, with Nintendo being moved to state that it would meet with retail partners to share strategies and outline the system's prospects in order to secure further support.

What seems peculiar about this Asda scenario isn't its loss of confidence, as low sales naturally drive stock decisions, but the continuing presence of hundreds of older products for other systems and hardware sales of the struggling PS Vita. At the time of writing there are also no 3DS systems for sale on Asda Direct, which is extraordinary considering its current software performance and it being the best selling hardware in the UK in recent weeks. Nintendo, for its part, has issued the following statement.

Nintendo UK does not comment on specific business practices with individual retailers. However, as we have seen with Nintendo 3DS, software sells hardware, and with titles such as Wonderful 101, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World already announced for this year as well as the recently released Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U having reached number 2 and number 6 in this week's chart respectively, we are looking forward to the year ahead on Wii U.

Asda was one retailer to aggressively slash the price of the Wii U hardware earlier in the year, and fears that it'd be unwilling to refill stock have been realised. Perhaps the situation will be resolved in the coming months, but an absence and lack of presence in such a prominent, recognisable supermarket brand is a blow to the Wii U in the UK. Ongoing retail partnerships — such as eShop cards at GAME and so on — seem increasingly important.

[via computerandvideogames.com, mcvuk.com]

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User Comments (140)

WingedSnagret

#2

WingedSnagret said:

I don't get it. The Wii U isn't the first system to have trouble gaining a good foothold, so why is it getting the axe so much more compared to say the PS3 when it first came out?

ThomasBW84Admin

#5

ThomasBW84 said:

@Datasun_7 Nintendo appears to have a pretty strong relationship with GAME right now, so I think that'll be fine. HMV, which has had its problems, had very little Wii U stock when I went in my local store last week.

Peach64

#6

Peach64 said:

They've obviously lost a lot of money on Wii U. They took a big hit to take £100 off both skus and sales were still sluggish. People keep saying Wii U sales are doing okay because they're about level with where the 360 and PS3 were, but that's twisting it. Wii U had a great launch but weekly/monthly sales for the whole of 2013 have been some of the worst weekly console sales of all time. The 3DS slow start gets mentioned a lot but the Wii U situation is far, far worse. Will it turn around? Of course, but a lot of those ASDA stores won't even sell 1 Wii U a week, and that's just a literal waste of their storage space. I'm sure when sales pick up they'll restock it.

Relias

#8

Relias said:

No I doubt they will restock.. especially when mentioned what they are doing with the 3DS... I mean really.. take out one of the top selling systems.. And still have Vita up??? That sounds like a grudge.. not a business move.. it sounds like since Wii U has failed they want nothing at all to do with Nintendo... while suffering with the Vita.. because of PS3 and the Hope that remote play will sell it when the PS4 get's released..

sadsack777

#9

sadsack777 said:

there is no lost to Nintendo asda was doing nothing to promote the wii u to help with sales no stand for it so that's the bottom line asda did sh t for Nintendo retailers must try to sell if they need to make a profit that is the game all around the world

19Robb92

#10

19Robb92 said:

Well, Pikmin 3 seems to have sold great numbers none-the-less. So this doesn't seem to be affecting Nintendo much. People will just go elsewhere.

Hopefully this will increase the sales for GAME.

Kirby3ds

#11

Kirby3ds said:

Well If the wii u takes off it will restock them if it picks up again. I don't know if it will though because by the time Mario cart and super smash bros is out holiday season will be over and that's wii u's only chance.... :/

FullbringIchigo

#12

FullbringIchigo said:

ok i work in a major UK supermarket and i can tell you they are all stopping selling systems not just the WiiU the one i work at has stopped PS3 and 360 too and ain't even going to stock the PS4 or XB1 because they ain't making enough money off them because 9 times out of 10 people go to a specialist store like Game or CeX

McHaggis

#13

McHaggis said:

Dixon Group (Curry's, PC World, Dixons at the time) did the same thing with the GameCube. If the stock isn't selling then it's costing money by taking up shelf space, so you can hardly blame them.

Kirby3ds

#14

Kirby3ds said:

@sadsack777 that is true but it will lose public awareness if no one sees it. Speaking of which, where are the advertisements? I haven't seen a wii u commercial in AGES. Some people don't even know what the wii u is.

pntjr

#15

pntjr said:

packs up Wii U looks like I'm not going to be needing this anymore once it becomes discontinued.

GiftedGimp

#17

GiftedGimp said:

@FullbringIchigo Really? My Local Asda and Tesco have billboards all over the store promoting Xbone and Ps4 pre-orders and there's no sign of let-up in regards of Ps3, 360 or Wii systems and games being sold.
I will add pre-order in-store promotion for WiiU wasn't any where near what it is for Ps4/Xbone and even at cnristmas and the very start of this year both Asda and Tesco local to me were not promoting the WiiU as much as the Wii, Ps3 or Xbox in-store.
It almost seems the suprmarkets thought its Nintendo we won't need to promote the system.

ajcismo

#19

ajcismo said:

It seems more like something personal against Nintendo than just a short-sighted business move. But I've never heard of Asda since I'm in the States and don't know their history or business culture.

alpharidley76

#20

alpharidley76 said:

I didn't even realise that Asda stocked Wii u games in the first place. Never seen any games or Hardware even at launch at my local store.

sadsack777

#21

sadsack777 said:

alpharidley76

its because they don't put them out on display cabinets for the ppl to look at

SuperSah

#22

SuperSah said:

Wii U's a sunken ship right now. I can't see a turn-around happening for a long time.

Safe to say it's pretty much dead until Nintendo gets their donkeyrearend into gear.

BATRA

#25

BATRA said:

ware i live wii u is selling like hot cakes so i do not no whats going on hear
wii u has some good games coming soon so people need not to worry ok

Macarony64

#26

Macarony64 said:

@Peach64 so what is there scuse for not doing the same with the vita? The ps3 did worse than the wiiu and no store took this drastic measures. They are just playing favorites.

Macarony64

#29

Macarony64 said:

@SuperSah you have internet and you only use it to lie on sites? Wiiu has already picked up speed so where is your evidence it will take a long time?

Cohort

#30

Cohort said:

@ajcismo ASDA are owned by Walmart I believe? SONY and MS will always come first. That's the general consensus regarding games unfortunately, the Wii sold like hotcakes yet it was treated with contempt by some devs and retailers.

Even if the WiiU used a regular gamepad and had souped up specs then the console would be treated in exactly in the same way. SONY and MS are as far as most people can see, so i'm not surprised by this. I am surprised regarding the 3DS though..

SuperSah

#31

SuperSah said:

@Macarony64 Lie on sites?

Evidence is in hardware sales charts. Wii U dropped by 1/3 last week. It's proof Wii U isn't doing its greatest. When games come out for it, maybe it'll pick up, but right now, it's not doing so hotly.

One week on the up doesn't mean it's picked up speed. It dropped a week after Pikmin 3 released.

So there you go.

MAN1AC

#32

MAN1AC said:

@Macarony64
I think the Vita is doing as bad as the Wii U right now. Although that will most likely change in the upcoming months.

MAB

#33

MAB said:

ASDA is going into administration anyway... ASDA is doomed ;)

DePapier

#35

DePapier said:

@Peach64 "Will it turn around? Of course,"

But when it will actually turn around, suggesting as you say that it will, and when ASDA will be asking units again from Nintendo, how do you think Nintendo will react? If all of a sudden there is big opportunity between Nintendo and a reseller, such as selling download codes for Wii Fit U in store with the Fit Meter, and GAME and ASDA come in to try to get it, who do you think would get the opportunity then?

ASDA is ruining their relationship with Nintendo at their own cost, tarnishing thr Wii U's sales image more than mere sales figures should do, it's only sad for them: consumers have a plethora of other opportunities.

steveex

#36

steveex said:

My local ASDA never even started stocking Wii U games or consoles. The only thing they ever had was the headset.

Cohort

#39

Cohort said:

@MadAussieBloke I wasn't aware of that, makes a lot more sense now, I would have thought that retailers will at least stick with the WiiU until the big hitters come out, Mario Kart is always money!

SuperSah

#40

SuperSah said:

@Macarony64 Also, Wii U sold 3242 units in France during the entirety of June, and that was one of the Wii's Strongest EU markets.

If you think their best market was shifting 3242 units, imagine how bad UK is doing? In comparison, 3DS shifted well over 43000 units.

DePapier

#41

DePapier said:

@MAN1AC NPD numbers for June 2013 seem to prove otherwise. I wouldn't be surprised if we all wake up one day and the Wii U has outsold the Vita in lifetime sales.

Doma

#42

Doma said:

I've noticed this with pretty much all the instore supermarkets in the UK. The only stuff they stock from Nintendo's current platforms are the odd few Mario titles and Animal Crossing, seriously that's it.

MAB

#43

MAB said:

@The_Inquisitor stores like this just can't compete with the internet with their pricing... Maybe they should just stick to fruit n veg and milk ;)

Doma

#44

Doma said:

So many illegible posts in the comments here, wow.... and particularly funny to see people spreading BS about ASDA being in trouble. You hilarious fanboys.

Marshi

#46

Marshi said:

@Phatosaurus Yes they are.I will not be shopping at asda again! Nintendo on the other hand have taken the high ground with a "meh,still got awesome games lined up" attitude. Asda did this with the ps3,ps3 hardware and software wasnt stock until about a year after its release

inky_bob

#47

inky_bob said:

What ninty need to do is more of an infomercial rather than a commercial, someone standing behind a counter with both consoles explaining the difference between the two as well as showing off games out & future releases not to mention its off tv ability on selected games, because as it stands at the moment people still think it is a peripheral controller for the wii.

Marshi

#49

Marshi said:

@Peach64 How is the wiiu situation "worse"? Im hearing exactly the same things,publicly and professinally as to what was said about the 3ds when that was released

Peek-a-boo

#50

Peek-a-boo said:

@Doma Yep, totally agree.

Oh no ... ASDA stops selling OUR precious Wii U and all nine of its games?!

Worse. Supermarket. Ever.

They are going into administration.

I am never going to go to their store AGAIN!

... how childish.

FineLerv

#53

FineLerv said:

Quick! Call in the expert analysts that frequent these comments to give their insightful knowledge on the state of Nintendo!

Hitman_masked00

#54

Hitman_masked00 said:

Why the hell no new systems of 3DS since it is basically on fire now stupid Asada. This system outsells PS Vita.

Cohort

#57

Cohort said:

@MadAussieBloke I don't think that any UK supermarkets have stocked more than two Wii U games? So ASDA basically falling in line with other stores shouldn't really be a shock.

ULTRA-64

#59

ULTRA-64 said:

@ThomasBW84 don't know about that!!! My local game store(hull/England) has told me they order Wii u games to order and never ever buy surplus stock for shop sales. I was told this after I questioned why they had no game and wario stock despite it being listed as 2nd in their in store chart. I was also unable to pick up walking dead,Lego city and sonic racing....really frustrating to be told they only order to demand when there can be no demand if they don't have stock!! Also they have never put posters/advertising for Wii u up and now there are MASSIVE ads on every wall for ps4&xbone pre orders it is clear to me that game wants the Wii u to fail as it is doing nothing to help it succeed unlike the others. Btw...managed to walk into Grainger games and buy the game I wanted cheaper every single time this happened!!

onex

#62

onex said:

X will be amazing. Bayonetta 2. MK8 will be amazing. SM3DW will be amazing. W_D will be amazing. W101 will be amazing. WWHD is already amazing. As is LCU!

These are all reasons that, even if WiiU's lifetime sales aren't so hot, at least it will have amazing games. This Doom and Gloom garbage is really offputting from media all around.

Nintenjoe64

#63

Nintenjoe64 said:

I get the feeling that due to the Wii's runaway success, quite a few of these retailers bought far too many units for the type of business they are. ASDA must have lost a ton of money but they will jump back on the bandwagon if there are sales to be had.

I didn't want GAME to fail but after going in to my local after years and years of adding points to my account, they told me I didn't have an account and they were just giving the points to another account in my road. I know this is not true because I have used the points time and time again with my card but the guy refused to believe me. I now want the PS4 and Xbox to suffer the same slump and kill the retailers who have pretty much swept the Wii U into a corner before it has even had a chance to sell.

Frapp

#65

Frapp said:

Fewer UK supermarkets stock any Nintendo products now. This is a trend that's been picking up pace in the last year. And it's not just Nintendo, because PS3 and Xbox 360 games are being allocated less and less shelf space. It won't be that long before games are available at Game and online retailers only.
DVDs and Blu Rays are also getting less shelf space.

Cohort

#68

Cohort said:

@onex X could very well turn out to be a system seller and W101 could surprise a few, I think that it looks awesome. If it takes off, then there's deffinately merch possibilities there : D

Macarony64

#69

Macarony64 said:

@SuperSah no but being above there competition is and has long the drop don't put it in the same position it was when it rise means doing good you are just a delicional hater that likes to use the news in the negative way that people than don't know about the topic use. Pikmin moved 22,000 wiiu in a week nest week it droped to 15,000 but this is the funny fact before that it was at 6,000. So if that's not showing growth the you are just trolling.

Jazzer94

#70

Jazzer94 said:

@ajcismo This is business ASDA are not friends with Nintendo they are trying to make a profit if the Wii U is not selling why would any company keep throwing money away ordering additional units once the additional stock is gone.

Jonny

#71

Jonny said:

This isn't news, they've been refusing to stock new wii u games since Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came out in my local branch, they even stopped getting in new 3DS games at the same time before realising how well the console turned things around.

SuperSah

#72

SuperSah said:

@Macarony64 I'm hardly trolling when i'm stating pure fact.

I want the Wii U to succeed and sell, but right now buddy, it's hardly done a thing.

takyon98

#76

takyon98 said:

if this was the xbox one or the ps4 it would most likely be the same. but this i think is going a bit to far

banacheck

#78

banacheck said:

FullbringIchigo
ok i work in a major UK supermarket and i can tell you they are all stopping selling systems not just the WiiU the one i work at has stopped PS3 and 360 too and ain't even going to stock the PS4 or XB1

Where i live in the UK thay stock plenty of PS3/360's, plus you can pre-order the PS4/Xbox One for £20 deposit Just look on Asda Direct UK . But as far as the Wii U thay are not stocking the Wii U in my local Asda or its games.

hydeks

#79

hydeks said:

never heard of asda, really doubt there a big store chain, even if owned by wal-mart :P

My local Wal-Mart has no Wii U stock anymore, but my EBGames/ GameStop has plenty more stock. Seems like Video game companies are becoming more favour of video game specialty stores getting most the inventory. I think people need to calm down with the doom and gloom scenario on here, it's just one minor store barely carrying it :P

element187

#80

element187 said:

The same article says ASDA also pulled 3DS consoles and games....... but left Vita, PS3 and xbox crap on the shelf? ..... That just seems like brand loyalty, not for any business reason.

Peach64

#81

Peach64 said:

@Macarony64 The PS3 never had weekly sales as low as the Wii U in the UK or US. I'll give you an example with the 360. It recently had it's worst ever sales month in the US, where it sold 260,000 units. Wii U has been selling around 40k a month for the whole of 2013. Retailers don't care that a console like the Wii U had a great launch if it's not selling right now.

@Marshi Similar to above. When the 3DS was going through it's bad period, it was selling about 90k a month, over double what the Wii U is selling.

Let me be clear, I don't think the Wii U is doomed, and I think Pikmin 3 is the start of a a big upswing for it's sales, but at the same time, people have to accept that the Wii U sales have really, really sucked in 2013, considerably worse than consoles like the PS3 and 3DS ever did, so that's why developers and retailers are pulling out.

Jazzer94

#83

Jazzer94 said:

I'm just happy to see regular commercials for Pikmin 3 on TV in the UK helping to promote the console.

Cohort

#84

Cohort said:

@hydeks ASDA stores only exist in the UK so It's not surprising that you haven't seen any of them, Walmart bought ASDA out a while ago, but ASDA was an already established brand and nobody in the UK had heard of Walmart so it made sense to keep the ASDA brand.

As the article states there are 555 ASDA stores in the UK (only 100 sold Wii U products anyway) compared to 1,500 Tesco stores ASDA is still a big-ish brand, but like I said before Tesco don't stock a lot of Wii U products either.

Metaknight_3Raw

#90

Metaknight_3Raw said:

@Nintenjoe64

Why would you want that? If ASDA went out of business how many people would lose their jobs? 150,000. And you want that to happen because they wouldn't stock your favourite console. Ok then.

masterLEON

#91

masterLEON said:

Hm, lemme pick up some milk, eggs, carrots, and while I'm here, I'll pick up this [video game console]!....said no gamer ever.

It's like seeing stairlift, car insurance and yeast infection medicine commercials they broadcast during daytime Cartoon Network. You say, "Why the F*** am I seeing this here?"

Metaknight_3Raw

#92

Metaknight_3Raw said:

@Kirby3ds
Probably, I wouldn't put it past them to run back when the going is good, that's business, but the Wii U's bad publicity hasn't really improved whereas it seems the PS4 can do no wrong.

Metaknight_3Raw

#93

Metaknight_3Raw said:

@Doma
You sound surprised about that lol. If ASDA had been hailing the Wii U as the best thing since sliced bread then people would be claiming how much they love ASDA. If a company says something bad about Nintendo from ASDA to Ubisoft to Crytek then it's always something is wrong with that company and Nintendo are faultless angels :P

Marshi

#94

Marshi said:

@Peach64 I wasnt refering to sales,though ofcourse thats had a major impact on many a decision to not suport wiiu.What I was refering to is asda historically having there kneejerk reactions and not suporting games consoles just like they did for a year with the ps3. If (when) the wiiu sales pick up asda will suport wiiu again I guarantee it so this news isnt surprising in the least.

Also where on earth did you get the 90kper week 3ds sales figures,i used to read mcv regularly(a game mag you get at stores and specifying in the business side of gaming) and up until xmas 2011 it was topping 45k per week...see any similarities?

Now let ME be clear. Wiiu is struggling,yep thats a fact.But its fans need a better attitude and all this doom and gloom spreads like wild fire on the internet and im certain a negative attitude will only further hurt nintendo. So think positive,nintendo have always played a strange ball game yet they have always been successful in the end.

Peach64

#95

Peach64 said:

@Marshi Yep, topping 45k a week, but I was talking about months. In it's very worst months the 3DS was doing about 90k a month, so just over 20k a week. The Wii U is doing about 40k a month, so 10k a week.

I don't think the fans have to act as cheerleaders. Personally I think the Wii U will have more exclusives that appeal to me this holiday than the Xbox One or PS4 will, but I'm still pretty frustrated with Nintendo for a lot of their recent decisions.

Marshi

#96

Marshi said:

@Peach64 I meant monthly sales! 3ds was doing around 45k per month from june until xmas when 3dland and kart came out.Whats out this xmas for the wiiu?

No one said anything about screaming your love of nintendo from the rooftops,but moaning and groaning at how bad the wiiu is is equally a silly thing to do

Shambo

#97

Shambo said:

Obviously they were proposed an offer they couldn't refuse by Sony and/or Microsoft. Face it, this is what entertainment business has become.
They apparently took out 3ds as well. Did they take out PS Vita? If not, there's your proof.
'Title by title merit' probably translates into 'whichever publisher/business partner Micro$ony allows'.
Sales were admittedly probably very low, but this doesn't help ASDA. It only makes such a foul contract cheaper and... 'Excusable'.
I may be wrong, but at least consider this a very plausible possibility, knowing that it wouldn't be the first retail/company contract to boycott competitors in recent gaming history.
It's a dirty market...

PinkSpider

#98

PinkSpider said:

I picked up a Wii U Pro Controller for £19.99 from Asda cheers for hating the Wii U guys :)

Laxeybobby

#103

Laxeybobby said:

Wii U on ebay with Super Mario U struggling to reach £150 with 11 mins to go.

That's why the Wii U is dead already!

Shambo

#104

Shambo said:

@Laxeybobby Nobody gets a relatively new system second hand for a lot of money before the games really arrive. I worked in a gamestore when wii, ps3 and x360 were new, and -except for wii- the used consoles weren't that popular. Give it some time, and see how many get one when the big guns and new bundles arrive. In a few years, people might be paying full release price or more for a physical, mint condition copy of certain low print titles now. It's how things go in this industry.

Laxeybobby

#105

Laxeybobby said:

@Shambo Hope your right, as my Wii U is sat gathering dust in the living room and my wife has commented several times that due to its recent lack of use (ie when i completed Batman and Lego City & got fed up of playing BOps2 and also waiting for DLC that will never come) it was a waist of money and that I should sell it on ebay. (Mine is the Black Wii U)

Shambo

#106

Shambo said:

@Laxeybobby You should get Pikmin 3. At this moment (I'm using my gamepad to browse the web) my girlfriend is telling me to stop browsing the web and play that game! Single player, 'cause even only watching and commenting it is nice.

efaulk84

#107

efaulk84 said:

I will agree that a Supermarket is not the place to sell Video Games. Where I live is a place called Hy-Vee which is a chain here in the Midwest. They at one time sold Guitar Hero and Xbox 360s. It felt odd seeing them in the store. They have also scaled back on selling Blu-Rays and DVDs too. I could see renting a game at a Supermarket but not buying one there.

Cohort

#108

Cohort said:

@Laxeybobby Silly statement, the console is not even a year old and Nintendo have only just started supporting it with software. Give it another 12-18 months and If the Nintendo software fails to sell then it will be curtains for the Wii U but that remains to be seen...

Nintenjoe64

#109

Nintenjoe64 said:

@Metaknight_3Raw
no that's not what i meant. I was talking about GAME. Asda's fortunes do not depend on what consoles they sell anyway because they're a supermarket.
GAME are supporting Nintendo but looking at my 3 local stores you'd think they were hiding the fact there's a new Nintendo console but their 'next gen' preorder sections are massive and dominate the stores as you enter. I think if they'd put as much effort into their Wii U section then people might actually know there's a follow up to the Wii available. They also robbed me of loads of store credit so I don't like them at the moment. Wouldn't like to see their staff laid off except the ones responsible for me losing all my reward points.

CAM290

#110

CAM290 said:

My local Walmart is not selling Wii U either. I had to drive to best buy to purchase one.

Metaknight_3Raw

#111

Metaknight_3Raw said:

@Nintenjoe64
Sorry for my misunderstanding and It's wrong what they did to you. Don't you have any letters from GAME that you can use as proof that you registered your card to your address? But hoping the retailer is "killed" would affect more than just the people who messed you over and some are hard working and professional.

As for them ignoring the Wii U, GAME always get really buzzed about a new system and the bad sales for Wii U means they probably allocate less marketing towards it, thinking it a lost cause. Nintendo is a bit to blame here as well by not enticing 3rd party developers enough.. If you're from UK you must know not getting FIFA is a MASSIVE blow to the Wii U selling in the UK. No wonder GAME aren't interested.

R_Champ

#112

R_Champ said:

@MAN1AC

LOL, and the one that puts tons of PS3/Vita ads on every Nintendo console page but doesn't do the opposite? Amazon is almost run by Sony fanboys. Me looking at 3DS page "Other consoles you might want to consider: PS Vita with its sleek screen and dual sticks!" Does Vita have Pokemon, SMT, Etrian Odyssey, and Zelda, at half the price and no overprice memory cards? No? Then get outta my face Amazon! Good thing there is Newegg. Bought most of my recent gaming stuff there.

Nintenjoe64

#114

Nintenjoe64 said:

@Metaknight_3Raw
I think Nintendo are to blame too. Sony and MS clearly give a bit more love to retailers, publishers and media people. I reckon Hiroshi Yamauchi sleeps on top of their huge cash reserve to guard it.

fortius54

#115

fortius54 said:

Could it be they may be clearing out area for new SKUs. Maybe they are getting ready fora cheaper console.

SCAR392

#117

SCAR392 said:

I'm not worried. Nintendo will fix this.

BTW, ASDA isn't doing AS well in EU or Mexico as well as it has in the U.S. No one is saying that has anything to do with it...

Kirk

#118

Kirk said:

Another bit of bad news for the Wii U.

Still, Pikmin 3 looks brilliant and the masterpiece that is Earthbound just released on the Virtual Console, so it's not all bad news.

I just hope Nintendo really can pull things around...

Henmii

#119

Henmii said:

This is terrible news! If retailers stop selling the system then it's truly game-over for the Wii u!!

hydeks

#120

hydeks said:

@The_Inquisitor Ahh! Neat, I usually hear of some of the stores over in UK but we don't have Asda is Canada :P Makes alot of sense for them to keep the name than, Wal-Mart has been in Canada since 1997 or so, and even we thought it was a weird name for a huge store chain, at least back than we did :P

Well with new incite, this kinda sucks. I hate how all the people out there have so much hope for PS4 and Xbox One, but no love for Wii U!

I remember before the Dreamcast came out (9.9.1999, to those too young to know) everyone basicly knew Sega was f**ed and wasn't gonna stay in the business, was in a VERY bad position, but yet it still got such big games, and lots of third party support, but mean while Nintendo is doing fine, and everyone is basicly telling Nintendo how to do the video game business (which is a joke considering they MADE the video games come back from almost extinction) and saying they should go third party, which would make them get even less money than being first party for them.

People make no sense anymore...

yuwarite

#121

yuwarite said:

No one buys games from Asda over here, only groceries. Even then, people prefer Tescos for that. It's not a big deal.

Cohort

#122

Cohort said:

@hydeks It's not really a big deal as ASDA is more of a grocery store anyways, in fact I'd go as far to say that it wasn't even news if it were not for the bit about ASDA also dropping the 3DS but continuing to sell the vita..

triforcepower73

#123

triforcepower73 said:

@Peach64 Well if you really don't think the Wii U is doomed then stop posting these types of comments. It just makes Nintendo fanboys more riled up, microsoft and sony fanboys more "See told ya so!"-ish, and people that are on the fence lean further from the Wii U. I mean yeah, people do need to get their facts straight, but going with the "Wii U really is selling terribly" crowd just makes more and more people join that group, which, in turn actually does make Wii U sales worse.

MAB

#126

MAB said:

Not even the PS360 could save the now closed GAME stores in Australia ;)

unrandomsam

#127

unrandomsam said:

If Asda isn't stocking it at Christmas it might be an issue. (I think they will be and they have the best deals on Black Friday - 3DS games were 50% off all of them last year including New Super Mario Bros 2 for example).

Relias

#129

Relias said:

@Laxeybobby Ebay is not something to go by to determine if something is dead.. if it were the PS3 would have been DOA in America.. seeing as to how used ones with 1-3 games shortly after launch were struggling to get to 250.00 (There was exceptions to this rule but usually that was what happened) The Vita would be pretty much toasty by now too... not to mention the PSP.. I did buy my Wii U second hand.. and frankly there seems to be a nice market for it.. even the Basics most generally go for 235.00 -270.00.. and that is just the system... no games included.. which is not bad when you consider the 299.99 going price.. as a matter of fact some Wii U's are going above MSRP...there is once again exceptions.. from both sides.. ..

Anyway.. from the way people are talking about this place.. it seems like your saying something along the lines of Price Chopper stopped stocking Wii U's.. now grant you.. that might be a big deal.. until you realize they are a Supermarket.. (Grocery Store) then all of a sudden Wii u's seem out of place.. Now if you said Wal Mart stopped stocking them.. that is news..

DarkNinja9

#132

DarkNinja9 said:

well who cares about them? tell ppl not to buy their games there or anything for that matter

F4LLEND4RK

#134

F4LLEND4RK said:

Yep, I noticed this, my local ASDA never sold anything Wii U related. And at other shops there was never more than a few Wii U games on sale.

Monkeyofthefunk

#136

Monkeyofthefunk said:

It's easy to brush this under the carpet but in our local Game, the Wii U only has a shelf of games and no hardware space. The manager said they have sold 2 Wii U's in the last month. Our local Tesco Extra does not stock the console and hasn't for at least 3 months and only has Pikmin 3 and Most Wanted in stock and they are in the Wii section. HMV has no hardware and only 3 games now. Just to sum this up, Game has a full section for the Vita and a massive section for the Wii. Wii U can't sell more consoles if the stock isn't there to sell. I know you can get them anywhere online but not everybody buys online. Argos is still charging £249 for the basic pack, so no hope there.

GiftedGimp

#139

GiftedGimp said:

@FullbringIchigo Tbh Not even sure if my local Morrisons actually sell consoles, I know thier console game section is on small.

It wasn't till the popularity of the relatively cheap Wii that supermarkets started stocking games and selling systems and apart from when there's been silly sales, CoD games for £25 (limited stock), older games with low prices and recently WiiU price cuts I don't think people generally go to a local supermarket to buy games or systems... certainly at full retail price. I think as time goes by more supermarkets will cut down on games/systems they sell. Maybe stocking older, thus cheaper titles and premium titles that they have more chance of selling (CoD etc).

FullbringIchigo

#140

FullbringIchigo said:

@GiftedGimp well we were told it was a nation wide thing, that all morrisions stores techno bars are being closed and that they won't be selling games, DVD's ,blu-rays, consoles, players or anything like that at all

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