Nov 16th, 2012

Wii U gamestopGameStop has announced that 1.2 million individual gamers have pre-ordered a Wii U game at its stores. On top of that, the company revealed that over 500,000 Wii U consoles have been pre-ordered at its stores so far. And even more are waiting in line: we recently reported that GameStop had over 250,000 gamers on a waiting list for a Wii U.

That means that 2.4 games have been pre-ordered with each console, which is twice the attach rate of the original Wii console in 2006, GameStop told Gamasutra. The Wii U has already started shipping to those who pre-ordered the console.

The top pre-ordered Wii U games were ZombiU, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, and New Super Mario Bros U. Nintendo Land wasn’t featured on the list, mainly because it’s part of the Wii U Deluxe kit, which includes a copy of the game.

The Wii U will launch with 23 retail games (and 7 indie titles), which is the second most games in a console launch history, second only to the PlayStation 2. The console will hit the stores on November 18, less than 2 days from now.


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  • zach

    So excited, im going to the midnight launch at my Gamestop on Saturday!

    • Nintendonoob

      I have to pre order the next batch of Wii U’s. I knew the pre orders were gonna sell like hot cakes BUT THE WII U IS SELLING LIKE HOT CAKES WITH $100 IN THEM!! I regret my non pre ordering *facepalm* wait… no *double facepalm*

      • AKA-Link77

        YAH! i still gotta pre order even tho its practically here already! OMG!

      • AKA-Link77

        it actually turns out that gamestop wont have a midnight release. . . they r having an early realese on launch day @ 9:00 am…. šŸ™

      • AKA-Link77

        im so bummed right now cuz my chances of getting a Wii Uā„¢ are getting slimer! Gamestop is sold out (of course), Walmart is having a midnight release but im assuming even they are sold out. I dont wanna wait anymore after launch nor pay any more than the normal 350 (deluxe)! Any1 got any ideas for me? Im gonna die if i dont get one!
        {sorry for the triple post}

    • NavyBlueYoshi

      Most gamestops like mine won’t be doing midnight since Nintendo ordered EB games and best buy not to do so due to “security reasons”, so only major EB games and best buys r doing midnight release

      • Ninjafish

        I was so sad to hear this. šŸ™ they told me last week there was going to be a midnight release where I live, then they phoned this morning and basically said just kidding.

    • Superstick
      This is what the music for the upcoming mighty switch force hd game coming to wii u will sound like. Be sure to have the volume turned up high. šŸ™‚

    • edward montgomery

      Not long till your all disapointed

      • Johnny Star

        Get back on your scared to be out done Micro$oft & Sony sites, this is for people that actually respect any good gaming! No fan boys here, just real gamers. It’s ok for you to be scared that another console will top the only one you probably own, just buy one like the rest of us and get over it! A TRUE gamer respects all consoles, this is why I own all of them, they all have their own strengths and weaknesses, so get over it.

      • Nko Sekirei

        edward gtfo u twilight sparkles no one like u

    • Madmagican

      12 MORE HOURS!!!

    • Nko Sekirei

      i cant wait to get mine tomorrow im so excited and cant wait to play some bo2 and others as well

  • Nintendude

    And I am 2 of those pre-orders.

    • Master of Awesomeness

      You’re getting two Wii U’s !?

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    • Madmagican

      I love typos so much šŸ™‚

      • Madmagican

        Sorry, that didn’t really make any sense did it

    • Nintendude

      I just noticed some people think I’m getting 2 Wii U’s. I’m getting 2 Wii U GAMES. That’s what this article is about isn’t it?

      • Master of Awesomeness

        Oh, whoops. I shouldn’t have assumed that. Damn I’m stupid!

      • Theguy

        Oh snap.

  • [000]

    I think it’s very safe to say that Nintendo definitely isn’t just cutting short supply to raise demand. I wonder where that thought even came from…

  • Superstick


  • RSBzero

    Can’t wait for Sunday morning even though I’ll be waiting in the rain for GameStop to open

  • NintendoMan :D

    And I was one of those 1.2 million who pre-ordered a game from GameStop: New Super Mario Bros. U!!! ONLY 1 DAY!!!!!!!!!! šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

    • Superrty

      Yeah me too! Yesterday when i got home from school there were two packeges. One was a game i got from ebay last week and the other was my scribblenauts game. So what did i do? Stared at the scribblenauts all day, of course! Eventully i played the game from ebey and it was really fun. If you don’t have battilion wars 2 for your wii (that can also be played on your wii U) then you should get it.

      The End

  • prettypinkpanacea

    That’s awesome. I am very much looking forward to November 30 for the APAC release. COD BO2 wii u here I come!

  • Master of Awesomeness


  • kylex4

    WOW! Zombi U,Call of duty,and Mario. This is a very promising sign of First person shooters, ‘hardcore’ games,third party and first party support, and Watch Dogs(Ubisoft).

  • Trainer Red


  • nm_nintendo

    exactly the games I was going to buy.

  • immallama22

    Woot woot! Good news… Except for me D:<

  • Nintedward

    ”which is twice the attach rate of the original Wii console in 2006”
    That’s because everyone litteraly just bought Twilight princess with their wii at wii launch -_-

    • Ravyu

      And bundling Wii Sports (the only game most casuals wanted) didn’t count either

  • LyingTuna

    Wow… I am officially a statistic… My teachers always said, “don’t do drugs, or you’ll be a statistic.” Well, screw you elementary school teachers! I am a statistic, and it’s cause I ordered ZombiU! I mean, it’s not a statistic of people dying, but hey. It’s still a number.

    • [000]

      I think you mean, “Sadistic”.

      • Nintenlord

        No he is right

        • Draco Breach

          Besides, doing drugs is masochistic to oneself and sadistic to those around oneself.

          Just sayin’.

          Anyway, I’m not getting Call of Duty. It uses ‘traditional’ controls, and I prefer motion for my FPS. I am getting ZombiU and New Super Mario Bros U.

          • Nintedward

            Call of duty is compatible with the wii remote and nunchuck, pro controller and gamepad. This was confirmed during the last ice age.

          • Draco Breach

            Oh? Last demonstration I saw seemed to indicate the developer decided to stick to GamePad and Pro Controller schemes with minimal/no motion.

            Trust me; I’d rather be mistaken. If it has motion, I’ll at least give any available demo a whirl.

  • Zak Iceblade

    Wow, Nintendo sure did a good job to attract old, new, hardcore, and casual gamers to preorder the Wii u. Sure is a good sign that Nintendo won’t become bankrupt because of the 3D’s over price.

    • NintendoMan :D

      The chance of Nintendo going bankrupt has the same chances of finding a polar bear in the desert.

      • Nintendude

        Sony: Now let’s just place this Polar Bear right here in the sand… ah! There we go!
        Nintendo: Sony… It’s not gonna happen…

      • Dan

        Nintendo must be laughing how Microsoft and Sony lost billions just to look good on the media, while Nintendo helps them reciver some by giving us the Wii, kinetic and ps move is obviously the result of copying nintendo’s casual gamer approach,,,, now the media is assuming PS4 and 720 will trump Wii U specs wise,.. I say , old dogs never learn new tricks šŸ˜‰

    • NavyBlueYoshi

      You call a 3Ds over priced!?

      • Thhwhat

        When it first came out? Yeah.

        $250 for a ds? Craaazy

  • Dawnofmorning

    Can’t wait to pick up my Deluxe Wii U, ZombiU, and NSMBU on Sunday! Unfortunately my GameStop isn’t doing a midnight release. Which is weird because they do midnight releases for everything =[[[

  • Madmagican

    SUCCESS!!! ….but my chances of getting a Wii U are dwindling….*sigh* someday I’ll get my turn…

    • TheBoldman67

      That stinks, I’m near the top of the wait list. I be getting black Wii U and Batman tomorrow!

  • Darklink

    Well that’s kinda good I guess…
    I didn’t get the chance to preorder
    So I’m on the waiting list
    I doubt I’m gonna get one any time soon
    Seeing as I like in Hawaii…

    • Darklink


  • HyrulianUtopia

    Oh well, if I can get my hands on a limited edition Zelda 3ds without preordering then I can get a deluxe Wii U without a preorder. Hopefully Ā¦Ā¬)

  • ziggy

    look at the sales hell yes nintendo is going to take over 1.2 million is damn impressive

    • VezNetwork

      No shit, Sherlock.

      • ziggy

        yes no shit !!! watson

  • Mariolgy101

    Tune in to late night with Jimmy Fallon tonight. Reggie Fils-Aime will be on for a few minutes!

  • Linskarmo

    It’s great that the Wii U is so anticipated!

  • Draco Breach

    Less than 60 hours…
    Less than 60 hours…
    Less than 60 hours…

    I’m definitely going through the eShop to see what interesting titles are available there. I’ll also look into demo downloads of other games. Rayman looks interesting, and I have enjoyed the ‘music video’ level a ton. Problem is, it seems built for multiplayer, and I don’t always have access to somebody to chortle at games with at the same time/place.

    Ugh, stupid anticipation. Makes me giddy and sad at same time šŸ™

  • Leeroy

    At this rate they will reach 5000 consoles world wide in no time at all!

    • Leeroy


    • Draco Breach

      Yep. It should only take the amount of time a coastline worth of registers require to ring the transactions, transfer funds from the customers’ credit sources to the retailers’ credit sources, and properly deduct the items from inventory.

      I’d say 5000 units will move in just about eight minutes – give or take based on Internet ping speeds, credit service approvals, competence or speed of clerks, and weather conditions.

  • dDemo-Neh

    I’m not getting a Wii U until Nintendo releases a limited edition console, or when Super Smash Bros. U is released. Their current bundles don’t appeal to me.

    • Dan

      Same with PS3 with me,

    • Master of Awesomeness

      I jaunt want to get a wii u, no matter what design it has on it.

  • Phoenex68

    I am one who preordered 5 games, and a Wii u deluxe.. For a total of six games

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  • mierdaenvivo

    in a few hours a lot of peolple gonna be playing wii U and im still here with my old GC and that twilight princess CD, the one that have been with me since the day it came out. enjoy your wii U lucky bastards im going to the corner… just some tears and maybe a stop in gameplanet, wait hours only to use the wii U some minutes… it gonna be wonderful

  • asdf asdf asdf

    Wow! At least I a getting WiiU for christmas because then I got holiday and other presents too. Ahahaha you usa people must go to work tomorrow when it’s sunday. I am not jealous of you at all.

    • mcburger

      dosent matter i requested off on sunday and monday. wii u all nighter here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Superrty

      Oh is that so? Well you have forgotton about us in school. And this week there’s no school the whole week. And plus many people don’t work on sunday.

      • asdf asdf asdf

        i meant tomorrow when it’s sunday tomorrow idiot

  • Ashmanvg

    Still got 13 days to wait for mine as I’m from the Uk, got 3 wii u’s on pre-order plus 7 games can’t bloody wait!

  • Tobbe

    I wonder how flooded youtube will be with “Unboxing Wii U” videos šŸ™‚
    i will look at some and dream it was 30 nov

  • Family Console

    At this rate, I might be lucky to get my hands on the Wii U Deluxe Model by summer 2013. Should have pre-ordered.

  • Dronch

    Why don’t they have wii u on black friday ads?

  • Bagelnauts

    Paid off my system in full including the 5 extra games and 1 pro controller. Zombi U, Super Mario Bros. New, Darksiders 2, and already picked up and waiting on my shelf. Assassins Creed 3 and the most awesome release, Scribblenauts~ <3

  • Tobbe

    In 5h its the 18 november. Well, damn its swedish time and we have to wait til 30 šŸ™

  • Roger

    Tomorrow, Nintendo Will Make History

  • Len

    Thumbs Up If Your Staying Up Till Midnight

  • LP

    It’s on my friends… 9 hrs. Got confirmation from, mine will arrive on wednesday. Already got Rabbids Land… The other games are still yet to ship… I’m dying here…

  • Johnny Star

    Tonight I’m picking up the Deluxe model Wii U with Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and a couple controllers for my daughter for her 6th birthday next month. She’d better be thankful, lol. Daddy may pick up Zombie U or Black Ops 2 for him too though, lol.

  • Fat Albert

    Hey Hey Hey Everybody! Save $20 on NSMBU by checking out OlD Navy on Black Friday and get a free copy with a $40 purchase. Your saving $20 and you can buy your family clothes for Christmas. enjoy!

  • Scorpion

    Ill get mine on X-mas D:

  • verymetal

    Here is hoping Wii U continues to sell!