Wii U not even launched and already selling out.
Only a few days away from the Wii U‘s US launch date, and already it could be tough to buy one if you didn’t pre-order. Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing of Nintendo of America has stated that the higher priced deluxe version of the Wii U has been selling particularly well. Despite concerns of hardware pricing being too high, Moffitt has deemed that the consumer demand has been reflecting that the units are, in fact, priced right.
So, will consumers need to turn to eBay to get a Wii U for the holidays? Moffit believes the launch troubles of the original Wii will be negated with more stock of Wii U units. In an interview with GameIndustry International, Moffit stated: “Certainly we’ve seen brisk pre-sales and that the phone calls have been coming into our headquarters for quite a while now asking for more and so we do expect high demand. But I can tell you this – on opening week we will have more systems on hand for the Wii U than we did for the launch of Wii. And, second, our replenishments will be more frequent this holiday time than during the Wii launch.”
As a bit of caveat however, Moffit also offered during the same interview: “But, having said all that, it’s impossible to exactly predict demand, and so I can’t say that we won’t have some shortages out there and that people won’t have to be a little patient with the replenishment truckload and shipments and boatloads to arrive.”
The Nintendo Wii U‘s North American launch date is November 18th, 2012, with a basic unit costing $299 US and a deluxe version offered for $349 US. Wii U will also be launching in the European Union November 30th, Australia November 30th, and Japan December 8th.