It's been well documented in recent days and weeks that there have been substantial stock issues with the GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U; last week Amazon UK cancelled orders citing supplier confirmation that the item was no longer available. That prompted speculation that, despite the continuing demand for the accessory, the initial sold stock would not be followed up and that — essentially — it was discontinued.
We requested comment from Nintendo UK, and today received the following statement confirming that — despite the continuing stock issues — the adapter is not discontinued and that efforts are ongoing to bring more stock to the market.
We would like to reassure you that GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U has not been discontinued by Nintendo of Europe and we are doing everything we possibly can to meet the demand which is currently outstripping supply.
We are unable to comment specifically on individual retailer stock levels and as such we ask customers to contact their local retailers directly regarding their availability of this product. We would however like to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that additional stock can be made available and delivered to retailers.
No indication is given on when we can expect stock to return, and the adapter remains out of stock even on the official UK store. We'd hope more stock will be available before Christmas, but we have received some feedback from readers advising that a UK retailer's stated more won't be available in February 2015. As it stands, there's no firm date for more stock arriving.
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