Wii U: shortages across the UK likely, stock levels ‘tight’ – report

Friday, 26 October 2012 09:26 GMT By Dave Cook

Wii U is going to be a must-have console for Christmas. Like or loathe it, kids will want it and parents will have to rush around like mad to get one. The problem is, stock levels are said to be ‘tight’ according to a Nintendo source.

CVG reports that their source stated, “Wii U stock levels will be tight on day one. However we will be providing retailers with regular stock deliveries in the run up to Christmas in order to meet demand as quickly as possible.”

The site also reports that it has heard from multiple retail sources that only 25,000 Wii U consoles will be heading to the UK at launch. One retailler even commented that the figure was, “in line with our estimates”, and several sources have added that the stock would not meet the number of pre-orders made.

One source did refute the claim however, stating that there will be “anything between 75,000 and 100,000 units during the launch period. What we don’t know is whether this allocation will arrive on day one or be distributed across a number of weeks.”

UPDATE: MCV has backed up claims that retail stock will be short. The site reveals that independent retail sources close to the company have confirmed there will be shortage.

MCV also received comment from Nintendo, “Wii U stock levels will be tight on day one. However, we will be providing retailers with regular stock deliveries in the run-up to Christmas in order to meet demand as quickly as possible.”

What’s your take? Is the UK likely to be shafted here? Should more of an effort be make to meet UK demand? Let us know below.

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