At GameStop, Wii U Deluxe sold out in less than 2 days. The PS3, in less than an hour...both models

The news that GameStop sold out all of its pre-order stock of Wii U Deluxe Sets has Nintendo fans rejoicing. While this is certainly good news for the big N, Wii U Only believes it's always a good idea to put things in perspective.

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Shok1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

"Then again, GameStop reportedly had only 13 to 16 pre-order slots for Sony's console at each store"

Exactly. And I know we don't know the exact number of units Nintendo is shipping, but I'm sure after the Wii success they would ship more than JUST 13-16 units per store.

Azmatik1799d ago

Ud be surprised, id bet they only had 5-8 units

BrutallyBlunt1799d ago


Nintendo plans to sell 4-5 million by March of 2013. We have no idea at this point whether or not they will meet or exceed that target. That's roughly 1 million units per month.

Nimblest-Assassin1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

Really? Its still up for pre order here in Canada, like everywhere...

Right now, I don't have the cash for a wiiU so this will be the first nintendo system I don't get at launch... but I will wait for a bundle that includes Smash or Zelda

live2play1799d ago

id love for all the people saying nintendo is purposefully creating a shortage (despite nintendo wanting to sell 1 million a month) to increase demand

to say that when the ps4 720 start selling out

CerebralAssassin1799d ago

My store took 23 preorders on the 32gb system alone. Very far from 5-8.

HappyGaming1799d ago

Then again 23 slots covered in 48 hours is a lot slower than 13-16 covered in 1 hour.

Unless we get unit numbers though we can't say much.

For example:
@Shok "I'm sure after the Wii success they would ship more than JUST 13-16 units per store."

Well the PS2 was also greatly successful and yet Sony still only shipped out 13-16 units.

Like I said we can speculate but at the moment this is not hard evidence that the Wii U is selling fast.


knowyourstuff1799d ago

People always seem to forget - every single console sells out for months on end when it is first released. It doesn't matter what the day 1 preorders are, or how fast they sell out on day 1. They will continously sell out day after day for months, just like they always do (unless its a dreamcast).

cruxito1799d ago

actually no ones knows the real number per store, but even if the numner were the two digits, well all know all know 98% of those preorders is the people who are looking to make a profit out of it.

so the question is How many of those truly nintendo gamers are buying the console.

jeseth1798d ago

Who cares?

There is in now way the kind of buzz for the Wii U that there was for 360 or PS3. I don't know anybody preordering a Wii U and nobody is talking about it.

Why is this even a story? They approve some questionable stuff here!

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Jadedz1799d ago

I've already pre-ordered the deluxe version (paid in full), so I ain't complaining :P.

ABizzel11799d ago

Actually there were plenty of articles over the summer saying Nintendo was having production issues with the Wii-U, and launching Worldwide within the same year, isn't helping the number of units per store.

The fact that they're not selling individual tablet controllers due to producing more consoles, so I don't think Nintendo has as many consoles as we may think.

ronin4life1799d ago

I have a feeling they have worked hard to iron out such issues. The "late" Japanese release and rumored later European release may be the result of workarounds meant to circumvent production shortages.

Your point can't be ignored however, as they very well could have been affected as such by these issues.

kreate1799d ago

I just called 4 local gamestops and they all had plenty of basic model wii u left. Only deluxe models are sold out.

kneon1799d ago

Not necessarily, it could all be deliberate. By shipping few units on launch day they create the illusion of scarcity which get's people desperate to have one, just because it's hard to get one. The masses aren't that bright, if they see people lining up to buy something then many will decide they need to have one.

Just wait and see if closer to Christmas there are suddenly plenty available, that would indicate it's all part of the marketing scheme.

rainslacker1799d ago

It worked well for the Wii, Apple products, Furby's, and Tickle Me Elmo Dolls. Where do you think these articles every year about that years "thing to have" come from.

With the original Wii, I think Nintendo was caught off-guard with the actual demand.

ipe1799d ago

According to gaf its 20 units.

topgeareasy1799d ago

Black bond was right

"White Knight Shokio doing damage control"

Shok1799d ago

.......Except no damage has been done lol.

Wow you people are throwing that word around now even when it doesn't make sense to use it! LOL

topgeareasy1799d ago


a defensive comment, playing down what it stated above = damage control

if their was no damage were you just rambling or something else?

PopRocks3591799d ago

Nah, Shok wasn't really rambling. His opinions are different from yours and you're calling it "damage control."

Typical honestly.

Knushwood Butt1798d ago

Shok just lurks in the unapproved Nintendo threads, waiting to find one with no comments and that needs a bit of damage control. Then BAM, there he is.

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aceitman1799d ago

and u have to think about the ps3 being 499-599 and that was in minutes not days .so if was cheaper to make they would have had more to sell.

cruxito1799d ago

why u got disagrees when stating the TRUTH is BEYOND me U_U ... Yes the playstation 3 was sold out everywhere for months straights, people were paying 2-3 times the retail price online. i couldnt buy play3 until a year later lol.
the question here is not the Wii-U sales, is How many of those preorders are people who are actually buying it for themselves n NOT to make a profit out of it?

Old McGroin1799d ago (Edited 1799d ago )

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is being released for the Wii U next March, for that reason and that reason only:

Megaton1799d ago

It's probably a similarly small amount. It's an old PR trick. Fake extreme demand to create real demand.

showtimefolks1799d ago

why do we have to compare a 349-299 system to 599?

its 2 different systems early buyers always buy on these to sell on eBay for 2 times what it will cost at store, here is an idea why don't these publishers release 5 million system at launch? you know why because there won't be 5 million people buying.

they release limited numbers so it seems like its selling out. If there were enough to go around than you would see a lot of systems on shelf.

end of the day i want Zelda in HD the day it comes out me buying wii-u till than my ps3 and xbox360 will do me a fine job since every 3rd party game will be released on both systems

geddesmond1799d ago

Still those 13-16 units sold out in an hour for PS3. Even if Nintendo had 100 per store its still no indication of how well the consol will end up selling considering it took them a day or so to sell out and Sonys 13 took an hour but we all know how bad the PS3s first 2 years were.

Also remember the PS2 was the biggest selling consol in history and it still ended up selling under predictions so the Wiis sucess is nothing to go by either.