Yesterday we reported that UK retailer Asda had dropped both the Wii U basic and the Wii U deluxe models from their brick and mortar stores. The store says it remains committed as a Nintendo partner and will continue to stock Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL and their games, as well as Wii U games, but for people who want to buy a Wii U console from the retailer, you’ll need to buy it online. “Wii U will be available through every Asda store; customers are able to order it online and have it delivered to their home or their local store for free through our click and collect service. We continue to support Nintendo as a partner and we have recently extended the number of stores and the space we allocate within these stores to 3DS games and Nintendo’s 3DS games and 3DS-XL handheld consoles.” The Wii U has been a notoriously slow seller in the UK so it’s not surprising that Asda wants to reserve shelf space for merchandise that may move a little bit faster. The fact that they’re telling consumers to order it online for pick up is a bit of a slap in the face however, as window shopping sells consoles quite well around the holidays. What do you think of this stance? local_offer asda Nintendo wii u wii u uk sales stars Further Reading Confirmed: Breath of the Wild is the last Wii Switch vs Wii U game case size comparison Miyamoto dismisses the Wii U as a “nece 6 reasons to grab a Nintendo Switch before March 6 reasons to skip the Nintendo Switch for now Nintendo Switch Amazon Pre-Order Mochlum I guess… that is a little better then not stalking it… but not stocking it right before most of the killer apps come out? Bad idea… Brian Lockett They have absolutely no good idea when those killer apps are coming for it. I personally blame Nintendo some here for failing to give people at least some idea as to when we can start to see those better games. We’re just left in the dark, waiting. It’s a wonder they’ve kept the Wii U on their shelves for this long, to be honest. 00EpicGamer00 Which games are you referring to? Nintendo has revealed the official release dates of almost every game so far. Except for smash Bros. and Mario Kart. Mochlum True. Maybe a poster/display at stores showing off pictures of SM3DW, DCK:TF, Wind Waker HD, Wii Fit U, Wii Party U, Wonderful 101, Sonic Lost World, Mario and Sonic 4, etc and they show the release date and a description. Mark Asda is a really pointless place to buy a console. Truthteller Yeah, just like Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, Sears, Best Buy and any other place that does not sell only video games. Mark I guess I was exaggerating a bit; for example stores like Best Buy are actually nice places to buy consoles because it’s a tech store. Walmart I guess could be okay, but I’m not counting on it; the same goes for target. Toys R Us is pretty terrible IMO. 00EpicGamer00 Lol, Toys R Us can be terrible when it wants to be xD Like, for example me, my mom, and my sister went their about a week or two ago (to get a present for my cousin). After we found a gift, my mom let us go to the game section, and it was organised terribly. Games were literally thrown all over the place. I couldn’t even find the Wii U game I was looking for. We did get something though. But that was the worst organised video game section I’ve ever seen O-O Mark You don’t know how many times I’ve experienced that when I entered that joke of a game section. The one near my house doesn’t even seem to sell the latest games; it pretty much sells all the mainstream games and some of them are really old. 00EpicGamer00 That’s why (if I can) I like to get games from Gamefly. The games are usually $10 off, and it’s just allot easier then going to a store to buy them. And you don’t have to deal with weirdo people. (I’m beginning to think Walmart is not very….umm….”sophisticated” anymore.) Shaise Yeah, consoles in a grocery store, maybe the reason is because 99.9% people who walk into asda aren’t looking for video games, they want to shop for groceries. Here, people who want to shop for gaming go to GAME, thats the place where Nintendo has all their promotions Brian Lockett The point of a store is to buy things. How is a store, even a generalized store like Asda (which I’m guessing is similar to our Walmart over here in the States), a “pointless place” to buy a console? It might not be the ideal place, in terms of limited selection, but it’s not pointless. It’s there to keep a few consoles available to those in the store who might want one. And if I wanted to buy a Wii U and the store was nearby, seems like there’s no sense driving out somewhere farther just to buy one. Mark It’s actually more of a grocery store rather than a department store. Zombie Boy But wait… The fact that Asda still sells the Wii U would mean that all of those trolls on the previous post were wrong! This can’t be… How can a troll be wrong? AAAkabob Where do you live that the majority of people use store pick-up? Especially at non-gaming retail store? This is a blow to Nintendo whether you want to admit it or not. Zombie Boy I admit it is. But my comment isn’t related to Asda selling the Wii U in-store or not. I commented because trolls on the other post were saying that they’ve “stopped selling the console because the Wii U is failing”, which isn’t the case at all. If it was related to sales figures, then why do they also not stock the 3DS in-store? The Clockwork Being and stock PS Vita Jon well, from what I have been reading about the store, it isn’t really much. It seems to be more grocery store with some clothing and then…on the side, some electronics, not even close to what you would see as Walmart here…the place is pretty much a grocery store and I don’t have any grocery stores in my towns that sell Wii U’s or any systems for that fact. Like here, look at this video for a tour of one of the stores and you’ll see what I mean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acWizy_vDGA So i doubt Nintendo will see any decrease in revenue from this or even care. And here is another one of someone shopping…. sorry for the music on this 😛 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3XPNpCm4QY you will see next to nothing outside of food pretty much. lol AAAkabob Fair enough, thought it was more of a walmart. Still this place has to have an electronics section. Also never link a video w/ music like that=d JB …so ASDA is basically like a Walmart Neighborhood Market here in the US? Mario Everyone can make mistakes. Zombie Boy Yes, but not the same mistake over and over and over again… Mario So? Clel A troll being wrong is nothing new atl hawks I love to see trolls reactions when they realize that asad is just a subsidiary of walmart and it’s not a big gaming market like GAME. Truthteller Walmart is a big game seller. 00EpicGamer00 Walmart a BIG game seller? You’re joking, right? Jon it looks like he downvoted us because he realized how right we were. lol 00EpicGamer00 How pathetic. But, that’s just how it goes…as sad as it may be. Michael DeVore Back in the day, yes. His “fact” dates back to when Walmart and GameStop made the majority of game sales for EA, but those days are long gone. The Majority now comes from Apple, and Digital Download. His “fact” is woefully out-of-date. 00EpicGamer00 Ohhh….cool, I didn’t know that. The more you know I guess. Lord Carlisle While it certainly doesn’t match up to the likes of Gamestop, Wal-mart, I’m sure, has a fairly decent hand(for what it is) in total video game sales. While gamestop is my go-to place for games, I have bought games from Wal-Mart in the past, and they have a really nice stock of games. Jon game seller, yes, big game seller…. not really. Walmart probably gets more money from the McDonalds attached to their stores than from video games. MetroidZero I have yet to eat at those McDonalds. ROAD TRIP! jay I prefer to buy from Wal Mart or Target to avoid hardcore gamer nerds at gamestop. Still Wal Mart is NOT a big game seller. Even I know this. Mr. J GameStop is the biggest gaming market in my opinion Shaise asad? Shaise Yeah, people dont mainly go there for gaming, they go there for grocery, like Game is where Nintendo has promotions & all, & that is the first place you think of when it comes to game shopping Adam Porter asda is a big game seller, asda is a big seller of everything, games are all cheaper in asda than the likes of GAME, Xtravision, Gamestop etc etc. everytime i go into asda i check the games section, i’ve been in GAME once in the last 5 years, and Gamestop maybe 2 or 3 times a year. there are a ridiculous amount of fanboys here, you are delusional, the asda in my area serves tens of thousands of customers every week, and alot of the people who are shopping there go to the games and electronics sections aswell. Chris Jones In our local Asda and Tesco all games are more expensive than elsewhere. Only buy games there if they have a deal on but most stores run deals on certain games so no biggie. kevin nun—- Ok The Green Hylian So trolls… what do you have to say about that? Come at me. My body is ready. Truthteller Ask the trolls who claim that this retailer was not about jack. The Green Hylian It really isn’t all that important. There are plenty of other places to buy consoles… This is just one, which I had never even heard of until the announcement about them cutting off Wii U. Shaise I heard of the place, I’ve been there, but I really do agree with you when it comes to the fact that its only one store, plus, this is not even a gaming store, its a grocery store, people who walk in want to buy groceries not gaming, places like GAME & Gamestop must have systems selling because Pikmin 3 is out Nintedward The retailer is not important AT ALL in terms of Video games in the UK believe me, I live here. They’re a MASSIVE food and convenience retailer. but most of their stores have a tiny, insignificant game section. I would be very suprised if they made up more than 2% of the entire UK’s game sales. Lord Carlisle Do they at least stock up on good games? Because here in America, I’ve been to department stores with miniscule games sections, and they all have games that are complete shovelware. Louie No, asda are utter crap when it comes to games, they only seem to show off second rate party games, like just dance and some karaoke crap…. Nintedward CoD, Fifa , Shovelware…. that’s about it 🙂 reyn69sharla i was going to write the same thing. here in AUS, the major stores like myers, BIG W, Target are dedicated to homewares and cheap chinese clothing. they have pathetic electronics departments dedicated to a few games and dvd’s, ironically enough, they mostly have DS and 3DS games. Akatosh Guess I’m just lucky. Maybe that’s why there are so many Ninty fans around? I wouldn’t say my Walmart rivals Gamestop but it has a pretty decent collection of electronics and keeps up games that hold their shelf life, so all the good Mario/Zelda/InsertfamousNintendoFranchisehere games are still available. Ace J get your bitch ass off this site if you hate nintendo so much Zombie Boy Please don’t attach your comments to mine. It’s embarrassing. Jon I am pretty sure him replying to the article is embarrassing to anyone who read it, especially to those who wrote them. Zombie Boy He’s like that guy at the party who just sits in the corner, bitching and complaining, until everyone else gets up and walks away to have a good time without him. Zombie Boy PS Anyone else can add comments, and please do. I just wanted to make that clear so there’s no misunderstandings here. plsburydoughboy Nobody seems to recognize the big problem in front of the face here: ASDA effed up their inventory system. I’m afraid people are still caught up with the Nintendoomed narrative, even people who don’t want to believe it, that they all missed that. I do remember reading out of NeoGAF horror stories about the Wii U launch in UK, and how ASDA in particular perfect stormed themselves out of an opportunity to sell fans more units. So, you know, sorry UK fans, you have terribly incompetent suppliers. jay They’re delusional if they think the next gen ms/sony consoles will do any better. There was 10x more reason to buy a 360 and a ps3 in 2006 than there is to buy an xbone and ps4 in 2013. Fanboys need to stop with the fairy tales. Brian Lockett No offense, but have you seen the pre-orders for PS4 yet? http://www.amazon.com/best-sellers-video-games/zgbs/videogames/ref=sv_vg_11 PS4 is already beginning to fare better. Seriously, you need to stop being such a fanboy with fairy tales yourself. There’s nothing wrong with being an honest fan willing to admit where things truly are. greengecko007 No, just… no… Unless you’re one of those people that play a lot of EA sports games (hey, nothing wrong with that), there wasn’t anything worth buying for the PS3 during its launch period in 2006. The PS4 already has a lot of high quality games coming out during the launch period, including several first party titles. JuneBug81 They have to do whatever they feel is in the best interests of their business. Brian Lockett Yeah, people shouldn’t take it so personally. It’s business. And in stiff economical times, I’m surprised they haven’t made this move sooner, to be honest. Nintendo hasn’t exactly communicated the strongest confidence in stores to keep stocking weakly-selling Wii U. Nintendo hasn’t announced many games lately, they held out on showing anything about the new Zelda this year (not even a teaser), they failed to give a the Wii U a now much-needed price cut (in light of PS4’s $399 price) and they keep blaming the Wii U sales to other irrelevant issues, like earthquakes and failing to address the needs of HD development. No one in business wants to hear excuses–they want to see reason why they should support the product with their costly business. Heck, I’m a huge Nintendo fan, and even I haven’t invested in a Wii U yet. I can’t just buy a Wii U out of sentiment–I need to see Nintendo step it up before I buy one before next year. And what’s more–I don’t want to buy a Wii U now, only to see a price cut later. Some people (esp. younger, overly-emotional fans with parents who bought their Wii U) get all offended when no one sees things their blindly-optimistic way, disregarding the fact that people have to make practical decisions about where they spend their money. They’d rather react from sentiment rather than reason. They’re the ones who are quick to dislike comments like these. Well, dislike away, kiddies. JuneBug81 Although personally I have plans to buy a Wii U next month because there are finally enough games on it that I really want to play, I otherwise completely agree with you. Their messaging has been poor, as has been their software support. While I expect it will change soon, the pace of first party releases has been tepid. And I definitely advocate the aforementioned price cut. Not many people are going to look at PS4 at just $50 USD more than Wii U this holiday season, with its built in Blu Ray player and drastically superior hardware specs and visuals, and buy a Wii U instead. Especially given the timing of their release schedule. Mario Kart 8 – one of the highest selling games on Wii – should have come out before Super Mario 3D World (the name of which I just had to look up even though I want to play it, because their naming scheme and branding right now is kind of a mess.) When I see things like Miyamoto saying one reason the pace of game releases on Wii U has been so poor is that their first party developers struggled with shaders in HD… I cringe. This is an industry leading group of first party videogame software developers, and they’re daunted by shaders because of the display resolution of the system? Not encouraging. I say all of that as a lifelong Nintendo fan who wants nothing but their success. Jon the PS4 isn’t really $50 if you actually look at it though, that is the price for the raw system, with the Wii U, you get a $60 game with it JuneBug81 Yes, but Nintendo Land isn’t really the ideal system mover or sign of value that, say, New Super Mario Wii U would be. And for that matter, if you’re saying the packed in game is what justifies the additional $50, then how about selling the Deluxe WITHOUT Nintendo Land for $300? Brian Lockett THANK YOU! Nintendo Land is simply not a value game. If anything, it should’ve been free with even the Basic Set of Wii U. I say it’s a pack-in game and nothing more, and Nintendo’s treating it as if it were anything more was one of many troubling signs to me about the launch of Wii U. Yousif Alromaithi They received negative publicity since ASADA never sells a 3DS on online stores now they wanna stock 3DS for Pokemon I mean what a dumb supermarket. Who cares about this supermarket after all. BluePeanut I care about their jaffa cakes 😉 Brett Butler We can buy online????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TAKANYAN WiiU!!! 00EpicGamer00 ….Am I the only one that thinks the store looks creepy >.> starwars360 Never used this store. Only used if saw Asda while in car and oh let buy sandwich or can of drink? Just few times but never shopping there. Alway used Mark & Spencers, Tesco or Waitrose. They got better foods, better business and better people works there. Asda-Ewww is only great shopping for cheap it is this shop is about. 🙂 Shaise Whats so creepy looking about it? 00EpicGamer00 Not sure…maybe the color choice. And that huge arc thing above the carts. I’ve never seen something like that expect maybe at a school, just not that elaborate of a design. PaulG You’re an odd one. Mr. J I just decided I’m never going to asda again……… Oh wait I’ve never been there I live in NA 🙂 Jon Man, you really hate Nintendo that much, You must be growing up with a hard life. You went strait to the system is failing to “it has failed”. lol, Oh only if you knew what the word failure meant. The fact that basing sales from online from a store like is is…. how many people would think to order online from them, most would go to Amazon or a real game store so saying if they get no orders was the right move proves nothing. Zombie Boy He hates everything, including us and the people who write the articles. The ironic thing about this comment is that the same person wrote both articles… everyone I think you hit a nerve with the child. Zombie Boy Lol… Jon we made him snap…. brb, let me get the popcorn so I can watch more of the show. I hope he doesn’t go take his nap early. Zombie Boy I’m expecting a comment from his mum any second now, telling us off for being mean to her little boy! Clel I’m calling it, he’s going to get banned within the next week 😀 Marcus Navarro Off topic, but does anyone know if Nintendo bought Atlus? Brian Lockett I haven’t heard anything in the news about such a thing, or if the issue is even more than rumor by this point, so I guess it’s still a no-show as of yet. The Clockwork Being Well you were one of those trolls I guess you can be called lie teller now The Clockwork Being Ignoranceiswhatsup you are so full of hate. You are just ignorant The Green Hylian Why the hell are you so focused on painting Nintendo as a failure? I’m sure both you and I know that the Gamecube and 3DS were slow upon release, and with time were bestsellers. So unless you can somehow see into the future, I suggest you wait for Wii U’s onslaught of great games coming later this year and 2014. Truthteller I am on a WII U site, not a Nintendo site. I am stating the obvious that the Wii U has flopped, not Nintendo, although they do need to change their image. The Green Hylian The Wii U had a slow start, like some of its predecessors. However as I stated before, every other Nintendo console/handheld has picked up after popular franchises were released, like Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda. The Wii U has tons of games coming, which are most of which are system sellers. Sales will most likely pick up. Truthteller Those games can’t save the day anymore. None of Nintendo home consoles ever dominated after the NES. The SNES took a late lead, but that was after the race was over. Please do not bring up the Wii as that was a novelty item that Nintendo stressed was NOT competing with the other two. The Green Hylian I never mentioned it in the first place. And yes, those games CAN save the day because if games don’t sell consoles, what does? Truthteller Not THOSE games. If only Nintendo is basically the only one making games, then you know it can’t survive. The Green Hylian What about Bayonetta 2? Or Watchdogs? How about Assasin’s Creed IV, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Batman Arkham Origins, Resident Evil: Revelations, and Sonic: The Lost Worlds? Games coming on Wii U are most definitely not all produced by Nintendo. Jon I guess to you, Ubisoft,505 Games, Activision, Warner Bros, Capcom, Disney, THQ,SEGA, Namco Bandai, and all the other small indie developers don’t exist Ice Climbers THQ doesn’t exist… Jon I guess they don’t, I didn’t realize they went bankrupt last yeah, I just remember seeing their logo on 2 or 3 Wii U games. lol Ice Climbers Yeah let’s just hope that the number of 3rd parties to go bankrupt doesn’t increase this generation. 00EpicGamer00 “I am on a WII U site, not a Nintendo site”. Oh my god lol, you have no idea how stupid that sounds xD (Not to mention you misspelled “Wii U”, way to go man -_-) You’re not even stating the obvious. Saying the Wii U has “flopped” is like saying it has failed, which it hasn’t. Sure, the Wii U wasn’t doing so great in the beginning, but that’s about to change, sir. Just look at past Nintendo consoles that didn’t have a real good start, but have been a MAJOR success. The most commonly being the Nintendo 3DS. When it first launched it had poor sales, people were saying it was doomed. But, once Nintendo rolled out the good games like Mario 3D land, Mario Kart 7, Starfox 64 and Ocarina of Time 3D the sales of the Nintendo 3DS picked up dramatically. And the same thing will happen with the Wii U. The only reason the Wii U is not selling right now is because there’s no games that intrigue people enough. Cause, guess what? Like I said to you before, people buy consoles to play games that interest them. People buy Nintendo consoles for all their awesome exclusives. And, since the Wii U doesn’t have allot of Nintendo’s exclusives yet, that’s why people aren’t buying it yet. They’re waiting for all the good games to come out. Oh, and what on Earth do you mean by: “they need to change their image”? What image do they have that disturbs you so? jay The Wii U hasn’t flopped. It sold more than the competition did last gen. Unless you mean by Wii standards, but the console hasn’t even been out that long. At this time during the 360/ps3 lifecycle those consoles were HURTING. Oh and if you think the xbone and ps4 are gonna move units, buddy are you in for a surprise. Truthteller It has flopped. When the PS4 does 5M by the end of the holidays, you people can finally lay that tired excuse to rest. Ice Climbers You don’t know if it will do 5M by the end of the holidays. The reason why the Wii U has flopped so far is because it hasn’t had any major 1st party titles. The reasoning behind that is that Nintendo was too busy saving the 3DS’ ass. I get that you don’t care about handhelds, but that does NOT mean that they are irrelevant. They almost had to pull out of the handheld market completely because of the 3DS flopping out the gate. EVERY news site was saying that Nintendo was doomed around that time – even pro-Nintendo sites – and the 3DS had lost ALL 3rd party support. If Nintendo had focused on the Wii U rather than the 3DS at that time, I can GUARANTEE that the 3DS would have FAILED and there would be no more Nintendo handhelds. Basically, the 3DS is to blame for the Wii U’s failure so far (and is why we’re getting 3D World instead of a Galaxy successor). What this does show is that Nintendo’s 1st party studios are weak in terms of human resources. They NEED to hire more developers to their 1st party studios in order to prevent this from ever happening again. They also need to buy more studios (Atlus, Platinum Games, Mistwalker, and perhaps even Sega). With a MUCH better lineup than the 3DS had when it turned around, the Wii U will turn around. If anything, it will sell about the same as the GameCube did. They also need to advertise the hell out of the Wii U. Their Pikmin 3 ad isn’t shown on enough channels nor often enough. Truthteller The difference is, Nintendo has a bad track record of home console success and a strong one for handhelds. You can expect the handhelds to do their things, but home consoles you can expect to flop. Ice Climbers True, but the 3DS’ situation did show that just because its a Nintendo handheld, it does not guarantee success (unless there’s a main series Pokemon game ready at launch). I could see Sony or even Microsoft trying to take advantage of the launch period of Nintendo’s next handheld in order to knock them out of the market. Of course, that depends on whether Nintendo has learned from the mistakes they made with the 3DS launch. Anyways, if the Wii U doesn’t turn around after the holiday season, then yeah they need to admit defeat and go back to the drawing board. Truthteller Finally – someone admits the truth! Now if the rest of these people could stand to reason, we can have better discussions instead of pro-Nintendo bullies. Jon lol, 5 mil with in a month….. that would be interesting because no system has every done that. Truthteller I wrote – by the end of the holiday season. That means from the date of release until mid-January. Jon ok so add another 2-3 weeks… still won’t be 5 mil Jon A Wii U site….. yet they give 3DS news as well. rofl Clel Meh. By your standards, the 3DS flopped as well. Jon I just did some research…. the store is a grocery store pretty much with some clothing. So no, no one will care about Asda not selling the Wii U because they don’t sell really the others either. If they do…. it is a very small percentage. Zombie Boy I shop at an Asda megastore (just like the one in the photo) quite often, actually. The majority of it is groceries, with a decent sized area for clothing, but the electronics section – which includes consoles, TVs, DVD players and DVDs, Hi Fis, kettles and more – only takes up one aisle. So no, not much at all. companyoflosers its pretty much the uk version of walmart then? who cares if it wont sell the console then?! Zombie Boy Exactly. They are selling it, you just have to order ahead, which is no biggy. idontknoww Asda is owned by Wal-mart Akatosh Walmart has a pretty large electronic section… though my Walmart still sells Wii Us in store, so…. Mark Thom We have NO room 4 WII U only 4 3DS LOL Zombie Boy Actually, they don’t sell 3DS in-store either. Mark Thom Serious Zombie Boy Yep. But then they only have limited room for electronics, with the consoles next to the TVs and the kettles in the Asda near me (like the one in the photo). Clel Buuut they sell the Vita! http://newnation.sg/wp-content/uploads/Genius.jpeg Sylux Will Asda do the same to the PS4 and Xbox One if they don’t sell fast enough? (Probably not because it isn’t Nintendo but it’s Sony and Microsoft) That’s how I think about their stance. Brian Lockett No offense, but given their prior experience of Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 continuing to give their stores much higher sales throughout their respective lifetimes (compared to Wii, which, while yielding high sales, waned sharply around after the halfway point of its life)… …And seeing that it’ll take a while for a brand new console to pick up sales (again, both Xbox 360 and PS3 had a slow start, but picked up steam significantly), they’d probably give them the same year they’ve given the Wii U and then some, feeling confident that they’ll surely pick up steam. They have far more reason to keep PS4 and Xbox One consoles on their shelves longer, due to prior good experiences with Sony and Microsoft. And this isn’t to kiss Sony and Microsoft’s ass–this is just to state plain fact. They know Sony and Microsoft are bound to pick up steam, whereas the Wii U was and still is a risky product to invest in, even among some Nintendo fans. Nintendo’s not giving us fans the greatest confidence about the Wii U right now, with their constantly trying to explain their lack of games instead of doing a better job garnering support. Though, PS4 is already showing huge marketability potential. Xbox One, while it probably won’t see nearly the same marketability (at least, not at the start), will still have their loyal crowd of Xbox fans to cater to it. Meanwhlie, many Nintendo fans (like myself) have yet to invest in a Wii U yet, despite really wanting one but currently having little reason to invest in one yet. jay ps4 WILL NOT reach the success of the ps3 and same for xbone. I would explain but I gotta go but if you were alive in 2006 you should be able to figure this one out easily. Brian Lockett http://www.amazon.com/best-sellers-video-games/zgbs/videogames/ref=sv_vg_11 Console launches in four months. PS4 already topping the charts. http://www.joystiq.com/2013/07/09/gamestop-halts-ps4-pre-orders/ Stores like GameStop have had to halt their pre-orders of PS4 due to being sold out and not being able to keep up with the high demand. Whether it sees the success of PS3 or not, that’s yet to be determined, but the PS4 is already faring a much better beginning than the Wii U has. That’s the only issue here. Oh, and you’re pulling a red herring here. I’m not comparing the success of the PS4 to the PS3. I’m merely talking about how the PS4 instills far better confidence for a retailer to support, even if it sees a slow start. Though, again, PS4 is already selling well. You’ve refuted absolutely nothing here. *writer brushes off his shoulders* Mark Very much agreed, however pre orders really show only a fraction of a consoles success; the Xbox One is sold out of pre orders for some retailers, but this is only because of a very limited stock (the PS4 is evidently destroying the Xbox One in terms of pre orders). Like you said, we have yet to discover success of the PS4. However, we also have to take into account of the big first party exclusives Nintendo is rolling in the Fall, holiday season this year and Q1 and Q2 of next year. If these titles prove to be a huge success (in other words, system sellers, which is more than likely the case) even with the huge marketability as well as hype for the PS4, Sony might be challenged quite a bit; Microsoft will most likely have an even harder time, thus taking longer for the console to be fully accepted by the consumer. This is all speculation of course and it should be taken with a grain of salt. Ice Climbers It’ll be interesting to see how well PS4 and Xbox One do after the initial launches. Microsoft has to deal with the bad PR from the DRM and used game fiasco, which will probably hurt sales. One thing we have to keep in mind is that the Wii U has the advantage of Black Friday deals. Brian Lockett How does Wii U have the advantage of Black Friday deals when, almost a year later, generally nobody (outside of Nintendo fans already in the know) either knows or cares much about the Wii U? Ice Climbers Good point. Sylux No offense taken because you have a point and I agree I too as long time nintendo fan has to be convinced to buy one. But slow start yes, same as ps360 had but these consoles where never taken out of stock, especially not within the first year of the launch of the system unlike wiiu and that is even in it’s first seven months for europe while it’s also a fact that overall WiiU is selling at a better rate then ps360 sold in their first 2 years even. I just want to say that I feel Asda is acting premature with their decision. Fact is also that WiiU is doing seriously bad in Europe, and that blame is mostly a marketing flaw from Nintendo imo opinion. I see WiiU and Wii console, games and accesoires on the same shelves in pretty much every store (exceptions made on videogame stores and Media Market) that’s for the Netherlands atleast whole Europe isn’t much better from what I hear. John Smith I just bought my wii u yesterday, Problem ? Brian Lockett Welp, that’s 1… Only 4 million more to go. :/ Steven_Segal yet they still have in store the PS Vita! jay Yeah “Asda is about nothing” when it stocks Nintendo products. MrDownvote’sAssistant Where has my employer gone? Haven’t seen him in a while. Downvote&Co making the world a better place for everyone to enjoy! MrDownvote I apologise, I forgot to inform my employee’s about why I would disappear. I was simply on a business trip to singapore. Whilst I was there I managed to pick up some kind of exotic illness, so I feel like le shit. Luke Wilson LMAO you forgot your catch phrase MrDownvote It is a business motto, and I am currently on sick leave so I have no need to include it, as these posts are purely personal. MrUpvote You don’t have an illness. The reason you feel like shit is because you are shit. Upvote Co. Turn that frown upside down MrDownvote You have just sunk to a whole new low brother. Sure we have our rivalries but you need to understand, we are family. This illness could end my life, and all you have to say to me is I am shit. Mother and Father will not be impressed and they may even disown you, as I am the favourite. MrUpvote I thought I was adopted? MrDownvote We grew up together brother. I know everything about you and you shared every experience with me. We are still family. However the fact that you are adopted only means it will be easier fro mother and father to drop you like a prisoner on death row. MrDownvote’sAssistant That’s unfortunate, but it’s fortunate that you’re ready to continue downvoting! Brian Lockett If only… Ice Climbers That would be a day one purchase for me. Jon most pokemon games on the Wii U would be a day 1 purchase, especially if they made an adventure like on the handhelds. SonicLucario This is kinda ridiculous but I kinda have a feeling that they might regret doing this in the future… Brian Lockett I’m sure they’ll be glad to be proven wrong, as it can only mean more money for them. Some folks are acting like this is going to hurt Asda, but this move will help them more than anything. If the Wii U sees some life later, they can just simply order more inventory. Until then, I don’t blame them for cutting back on what, in large, is currently just dead weight for their stores. Either way, this move is more in their favor for their business. JB Honestly ASDA did what they thought was best for their business. As with any sane business, if there’s enough demand, they will stock them, but as of right now, if units aren’t moving, no need in wasting what little space they have that could be used for something else. I know some of my local Walmarts have little to no stock of Wii U’s, but they do offer the site to store option for them. Louie C’mon Asda! How can expect to sell a product that you wont advertise, just a poster or a small display will get peoples attention, just imagine how many kids will ask for Pikmin just buy seeing a few posters or a trailer playing on a TV screen in store. Jack5221 So thats why UK is getting all the Wii U games before North America is… WazMeister After Asda announcement I wrote an article @ http://wackyworldofwaz.blogspot.co.uk/ XiC People shouldn’t be so quick to condemn ASDA for their decision. They stocked the Wii U early on yet they could never sell them quick enough. It is not their fault that happened. They tried to sell the Wii U’s by taking price cuts eventually up to £100. That basically meant the store was losing money just to sell them. ASDA tried, it didn’t work. Note that they at least tried. If you have an issue it should be against the retailers that never even bothered to stock the Wii U in the first place. tronic307 How many bans is it going to take before you get a clue? Link Slayer I think this is bad news I really feel bad for Nintendo. I think when Nintendo comes out with those big titles this holiday Asda will regret that descion. I think sells will pick up dramaticly but I dont think it will come close to PS4 but I believe it will out sell Xbox One 3 to 1. Ross Brocklesby Lol you do know Asda is owned by wal-mart! It’s the same shop just rebranded in the Here in the UK. Chuffin Anericans know bugger all! Andrew Chambers Ashley said in the last post that they are owned by Wal-Mart. 00EpicGamer00 Just calm down child, do you need to take your medicine? If you capitalize every character in “Wii U” then you’re spelling it wrong. So you’re the fool, not me. It’s not my fault that you don’t know the correct spelling of a product. When did I ever say it’s an “all-around Nintendo site”? All I said is what you said sounded really stupid. Just the way you worded it sounded as if you meant this site is not dedicated to Nintendo at all. It was kind of like you were trying to contradict yourself. I knew what you meant, but like I said, it didn’t sound right. Trying to jump to conclusions because you’re mad, eh? You need to learn some grammar, sir. I barely understood what you said. So, what I THINK you’re saying is that just you and other sites say the Wii U has flopped, so that automatically confirms that the Wii U is doomed? Lol, you’re stupider than I thought! First off, how long ago did these “sites” say the Wii U flopped? Probably a long time ago. Also, your opinion doesn’t matter. Just because YOU say the Wii U has “flopped” doesn’t mean it actually has. I can’t talk about the 3DS? Why not? You know the 3DS is a console, right? The definition of a “console” is: “a specific device for playing video games”. The definition of a “handheld console” is: “a specific lightweight and portable device for playing video games”. They’re the same thing, stupid. Just, one is portable. Also, I was just using the 3DS as an EXAMPLE! On how the 3DS started out like the Wii U, but then it became a major success. The Wii U did the same thing, it started out like the 3DS. But now, it’s slowly getting more popular. Once again, what image? You need to explain yourself. Oh wait, you can’t, cause you’re probably making up some random garbage again. Jon I already gave him the definition of a console before on one of his old accounts before it was banned. He was too stupid to read it and still doesn’t know. 00EpicGamer00 What can I say, trolls can’t control themselves when you give them actual facts. Truthteller See, you people never like to admit when you are wrong. You know people capitalize to emphasize words. It is spelled right man. I don’t have time to cover the rest of your excuses. 00EpicGamer00 Lol, you’re backing out cause I was right. How’s it feel to get proved wrong again? xD “People capitalize to emphasize words”. Lol, you’re contradicting with yourself now. Earlier you said “I capitalize WII U – fool”. Meaning, that YOU regularly capitalize “Wii U”. And NOT use it for emphasize. No, it’s not spelled right. Every character in “Wii U” is NOT capitalized, therefore, you’re spelling it wrong. Are you like 8 years old? You can’t make up your own spelling of a product! So with logic like yours, if you were to capitalize every character in a state or country’s name, would you be spelling it right or wrong? I’ll give you a little hint, WRONG! You can’t make up your own spelling! Truthteller Give it a rest. Your feeble attempts at manipulation are old. Do you want me to say you won to make you feel better? It still won’t be a real victory, but hopefully it will shut you up. 00EpicGamer00 If you want me to “give it a rest” than stop replying to me. Cause uh, you know that replying to someone isn’t a requirement on this site, right? Clel Just flag and move on with your life… 00EpicGamer00 I know. It’s just fun to prove him wrong though…it’s hard to not respond to him. But….I will try. WellWisher Reserving judgement until after Mario Kart comes out. By the way, do we know what Nintendo have coming out between Christmas and April? Jon THere is a bunch coming out, too lazy to list them all. GO here if you want to check them out since this site seems to not have updated their list in a long time. http://www.nintendolife.com/games/soon?title=®ion=usa&system=wiiu&publisher=&players=&genre=&submit=Filter WellWisher Yeah, hopefully there will be some announcements for Q1 next year soon. I don’t want them to lose momentum like they did this year. Jon yeah, well there is already a few games confirmed to be released next year Mark From the top of my head, I can think of: Pikmin 3 (U.S only) Super Mario 3D World Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Mario Kart 8 X Super Smash Bros 4 Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Miyamoto’s New IP (probably not April, let alone Spring) There are also third party games coming out in this time span. WellWisher Sorry, I meant Q1 2014. I’ll be getting most of the games you mentioned this year. Relias Dear ASDA.. why bother?? it does not need to be on your Inet store where it will be ignored.. it needs to be in stores with a demo model set up.. so people can actually play it… you might know what this is.. seeing as to how you might have one in some of your stores for PS3 and XBOX 360… there is a thing called putting the merchandise out there.. that is what you need to do… it seems now.. that retailers are coming up with excuses.. more so than Nintendo to not help the Wii U.. Jon then you need to start hating yourself you are only going on assumptions which really have been not looking so much as you say. You are looking at the now, not what is coming. You were saying before on your old account how Nintendo needs to have games out before next Christmas. Now that they show they are, all it has been is hate hate hate and that it’s too late. You can never stay consistent except for saying that Nintendo is going to fail/has failed. Yet with those statements, you are looking at the now and the last few months, you are not looking at what is coming. The Wii U started slow and in the last couple of months the sales were down however if you look at them now, they have been increasing (not hugely but there is a steady increase) and that is due to the simple fact that there are games actually coming to the system. Mark You have to understand that you are only talking about one nation’s/continent’s market; I assume it is the United States or Europe. The European market doesn’t seem to keen on the Wii U (in fact, Europe was never truly a Nintendo loving continent, albeit, it does have it’s fans), that’s true, but the U.S is bound to turn around; after all, the United States has a large Nintendo fanbase. In Japan, Nintendo has dominated the software market for the past 6 months. Although I didn’t say hardware, you should still get the point; software sells hardware, therefore the Wii U has a very large chance in the domestic market of Japan, where Nintendo is extremely popular. Seven months is still considered early in a consoles life span; once it hits a year, we can start talking a little more. The bottom line is, wait. If sales don’t pick after certain large releases, than fine, the Wii U has flopped; I’m not gonna deny the truth if it happens. Ice Climbers Is the 3DS even selling well in the UK and Europe? Everytime we get sales numbers its for either Japan or North America. I haven’t seen sales numbers for Europe or Australia since before Nintendo turned the 3DS’ situation around. Jon The Wii was the best selling in the UK but that was recently over taken by the 360. BUt I think the 3DS is a pretty big selling console in the UK ricki Please sign this petition so Nintendo can release Mario&Luigi Dream team on eshop earlier! https://www.change.org/petitions/nintendo-of-america-release-mario-luigi-dream-team-on-eshop-one-week-earlier Maraccuda Still not sure what an ASDA store is, but apparently sells groceries and other items and is compared to a Walmart. Here in Australia we dont have a Walmart, but we haverelatively large retail stores that stock eletrical entertainment, clothes, toys, books, toiletries and some small other things (they recently stopped stocking white goods likes fridges and washing machines though). What I am trying to say is if a retail outlet similar to ASDA here didnt stock the Wii U it would sell even less. People here buy things based on what they see in store (well the older generations mainly). If our large retail outlets stocked less then our options to buy games here would drop significantly, with other outlets only being some electrical stores or EB (Australian GAME). PaulG Asda is owned by Walmart and essentially the same thing (although not as big) PaulG This news doesn’t surprise me one bit as even when Asda did stock Wii U items, my local store didn’t. Its not just Asda though as even my local Sainsbury’s (which is one of the biggest stores in the South of England) hardly stocks anything related to the Wii U. Its the same for Tesco as well. They do sell Wii U consoles but they are very limited and the game selection is very poor. As a UK Wii U owner myself, this is worrying times for not only the gamer, but also for Nintendo and retailers throughout the UK. Its clear that sales are so bad that they didn’t have any other choice but to stop selling Wii U items. Unless there is a big splurge in sales of Wii U hardware soon, its only going to get worse as the sales generally in the UK are embarrassing in all honesty. There are even rumours flying around that GAME are going to stop taking 2nd hand Wii U consoles soon but at present, this is just a rumour.