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Submitted by ChaosKnight 864d ago | news

7,000 Stolen Nintendo Consoles Still Missing, Turned Out to be Wii Us

Detectives have located the vehicles in which the systems were stashed inside and transported and here’s another piece of good news, they weren’t even Wiis —they were Wii Us! (Culture, Wii U)

1upgamer99  +   864d ago
I read about this weeks ago on Yahoo news. They always knew they were Wii U's. http://www.ign.com/articles...
This is dated December 19th. Stating they were Wii U's. I never heard they were just Wii.
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3GenGames  +   864d ago
Pretty much every gamer article said they were normal Wii's. I pointed it out in a few articles that wiis shouldn't cost nearly $400, lol.
PopRocks359  +   864d ago
Hopefully they catch the perps. No manufacturer deserves to have their merchandise stolen.
Cam977  +   864d ago
Nobody does. Theft is wrong and I hope the perpetrator's crime catches up with them very soon.
Ezz2013  +   864d ago
they should assign Inspector Clouseau to catch them

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ALLWRONG  +   864d ago
They have insurance. Who the hell cares?
1upgamer99  +   863d ago
3 million dollars turned into insurance. The effect of that is not just oh well, rates go up, premiums go up. If you drive a car and you have an accident, sure the insurance pays, but so do you in the long run. I am guessing you are young.
skipper  +   863d ago
that comment is just ALLWRONG....
PopRocks359  +   863d ago
@ALLWRONG

Does that mean the thieves should get off with nothing? No, I think they should be tried and properly convicted. That's the point here.
dredgewalker  +   864d ago
I wonder if Nintendo can track them if these items were used online. Since they also have serial numbers in them they should also have mac addresses that are paired with it. Though I have doubts that Nintendo would implement such a security feature with a console. Anyway I hope they get their stolen units back and catch the thieves.
rainslacker  +   863d ago
You can be almost certain that Nintendo has some way to track these systems if they get used online. Serial numbers are hard coded into the bios, and likely uploaded along with the MAC address when you make an account. Nintendo would have records of which device's got which MAC address for this very purpose. It's commonplace on every piece of hardware sold in the last 15 years.

Whether or not they actively decide to pursue these people is another issue, as the ones using it aren't likely to be the ones that stole it. More than likely it would be up to the insurance company to do that, since when they pay out the units become their property.
GreenRanger  +   864d ago
I hope they catch the scoundrel who stole those Wii Us.
Off Topic: Wii Us! Wii Us! Come on, people, i've got Wii Us for sale over here. Straight off the factory floor! I bought these for €1000 each but i'm giving them away for €250. Wow, what a steal! Get 'em while they're hot. You won't find a bargain like this ever again! Quickly now, before the cops come.
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PopRocks359  +   864d ago
Damn, Rita's really losing her touch if all she's doing is having you sell stolen game consoles.
dredgewalker  +   863d ago
Have you ever seen a Power Ranger getting paid to defend the world? :)
sprinterboy  +   864d ago
Is that shipped to retail or sold in hardware sales lol
strigoi814  +   864d ago
i wonder if this will count as sales?

Well i guess it will like MS on their RROD console and burger king and oprah giveaways..lolz
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crazy_man  +   864d ago
In this case, if they were added to anything, it would only be shipped numbers as they were in the middle of being transported.

In stuff like contests they are indeed counted as sold to customer cause the contest host actually buys them full price (unless its a promotion sponsored or co-sponsored by Nintendo).

Now in the case of RROD like with the early Xbox 360's, if it was before July 2007 then you were kinda screwed. After that they started selling them with 3 year warranty, with the problem pretty much gone by 2010. Repaired or replaced consoles most likely were not counted as sales unless someone actually payed full price for the replacement (via lacking warranty).
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ALLWRONG  +   864d ago
Sorry was having a 2007 flashback :P now back to good ole 2013.
FarCryLover182  +   864d ago
That's over 2 million USD!!! Crazy.
Sp1d3ynut  +   864d ago
This is why they should never count "shipped" consoles in sales reports. These 7000 were "shipped", but will never make it to retail, even if recovered.
rainslacker  +   863d ago
It's the only accurate way to track sales though. There are too many different vendors and territories to make it easy otherwise. Even NPD doesn't track all retailers. It's kind of like Neilson, in that it takes a sample of what's sold and then extrapolates from that, although they are pretty accurate for the most part.

Generally a retailer isn't going to order more than they can sell anyways, so the differences in numbers would be minimal, especially considering that we're talking about 10's of millions of units. 7000 units of 4 million sold is only 0.175%

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