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

Friday, 26th 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.



  1. Zarckan

    Bull shit!

    Nobody wants the bloody thing, as such Nintendo are doing a PR thing to make people thing there will be shortages so they all go, like lemmings, and pre-order it!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    I have had a ZombiU pre-order with a retailer since mid September. However after Nintendo changed the pack and replaced Nintendoland with a Pro Controller I wanted to switch to a regular premium pack. I asked if they could change the pre-order due to the change and still keep my place in the queue, so I got one at launch. They said just cancel and pre-order the other pack – you’ll still get one. So they haven’t sold out of day 1 pre-orders yet. TV campaign is only just starting though.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Digital Bamboo

    @1 That’s an oft-repeated theory, but I don’t buy it.

    Why wouldn’t Nintendo want to sell as many Wii U’s ASAP, while hype is at its highest, during the busiest time of year, & before the competitors get their new systems out? Especially considering the losses they’ve taken the past 2 years. I’d think they’d want to move as many systems as they can & start selling multiple games to each owner so they can start turning a profit and get a strong foothold before PS4/Nextbox.

    Wii U pre-orders are very strong in North America. What I don’t understand is why Nintendo doesn’t have a million or so extra consoles stockpiled to meet demand. Or is it just a matter of getting the systems to where they’re being sold?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    Well every company manages to have less devices to sell than the demand.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Da Man

    Well, those Vitas scattered around the stores surely don’t come across as an indication of Sony failing to meet the demand.. quite the opposite.

    Same with the launch PS3.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. nikk900

    The store I work at has reached its allocation on pre-orders.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. KrazyKraut

    on all packs are sold out atm.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    @3, You can never have guaranteed sales, so an overstock of systems that might not sell would be a complete waste of money, especially if you’re losing money per console.

    In this situation it’s far better to have a safe amount that will most likely completely sell out.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    Someone needs to start whipping those little fuckers at Foxxcon into working harder then, don’t they?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @9 Tasteless, much?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. _LarZen_

    Here in Norway it’s almost sold out everywhere and people are on waiting lists. It’s gonna be a hot thing to have under the christmas tree this year.

    And Dave Cook, there aint just kids that want this thing ;p

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Digital Bamboo

    @8 I get what you’re saying, but let’s be real: Wii U is going to sell at least 25 million units. Even the 3DS & relatively unpopular GameCube sold 22M.

    If Nintendo wants to dig itself out of their losses they should have more confidence in the Wii U, take the risk of manufacturing more systems up front to meet the initial demand.

    For a company that’s lost over a billion dollars recently it’s kind of do or die time, no?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    #11 Well i think Dave is right, is for our inner kids, so in the end is true is for kids, and our inner kids, kids all around, my inner kid is quite happy this christmas with the vita and WiiU ;)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    Also disagree with the kids wanting it. Kids that are old enough to to know that much about video games will want other systems instead and other(shooting?) games. Nintendo isn’t the cool system your kids want. However it is the system that parents often want their kids to have. It is more kid friendly.

    But I think that the biggest driver of sales out of the game are adults, prolly over the age of 30. Maybe it is for the family for xmass? Or maybe it just for themself. But I really doubt there is a legion of 10-18year olds out there pushing for Nintendoland over CoD or Halo(both of which will have new versions this season).

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Chris8bits

    People, you all need to understand supply and demand. This could just be because of manufacturing limits, not because Nintendo’s trying to be deceitful to get sales like some people here are painting it.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. AlexFili

    Disgusting. Why treat such a big nation as third-class citizens? 25,000 units for 68 million?! Are they joking or what?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. fearmonkey

    It’s always this way, who thought it would be different with the Wii-u?
    I am betting next year it will be the same for MS and maybe Sony if they launch something new as well.

    #17 2 years ago

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