Sep 28th, 2012

Wii U is pretty much sold out across the US, sans for the few retailers who are offering the console in special bundles. Across the pond over in Europe, the console hasn’t sold out yet, but pre-orders are nevertheless impressive.

According to UK video game retailer GAME, Wii U pre-orders are “exceeding expectations”, as they told NintendoLife:

“Pre-orders are exceeding expectations with the black console proving the most popular so far”

Wii U deluxe boxIt seems that the black Deluxe model is the most popular in Europe as well. GameStop was the first to report having sold out of the Deluxe model just days after it was put up for pre-order. In Europe, there are even two types of Wii U Deluxe: one with Nintendo Land, and one with ZombiU as the bundled game.

Earlier this month GameStop reported that Wii U demand was “off the charts“. The console has sold out at GameStop, Best Buy, Target, Kmart, and many other places. With all those pre-orders, some have wondered if there will be enough consoles on launch day for those who do not pre-order. Nintendo has assured everyone that the “Wii U supply chain is solid“. The Wii U launches on November 18 in North America, and November 30 in Europe. Gamers in Japan will have to wait until December 10.


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  • Nintenlord

    It dosnt surprisme the wii u is the beast

    • AKA-Link77

      Damn right they’re exceeding expectations!

      • AwesomeNES

        I want the European Zombiu pack…

        • HyperSonicN1

          It’s not actually a very good deal, as it costs 50€ more than the Nintendo Land one, so you could just take that and afterwards ZombieU, and it would only be 10€ more (games are 60€), for one extra game

          • Smitty

            You get zombiu AND a pro controller, how is that not a really good deal!?

          • Huseyin Veli

            Correction it is £29 more and you are getting the pad and game on top. As previously stated a great deal. Amazon has a good deal.

          • Huseyin Veli

            Just had a real look at it. I assumed the Zombie U bundle had Nintendo land with it! So technically you are paying £29 on top and getting a pad. Zombie U is £5 more and the pad is £37 So effective its around £23 you save.

            Still not too bad and who really wants Nintendoland?

          • HyperSonicN1

            Ok, what about assuming that if I use € as a currency I’m not living in the UK?
            In mainland Europe (or at least where I live) the ZombiU pack doesn’t have a pro controller.
            Either way it’s not a good deal for me 😛

        • gamemaster

          the reason the wii u haven’t sold out here i europe, is because it’s almost twice as expensive here :L

        • gamemaster

          then i suppose you don’t mind paying 611,05 usd? (does not include shipping and handling) ^^

    • Cugno the Swiss

      It doesn’t surprise me: Pikmin, Wonderful 101, ZombiU, Bayonetta 2, Mario, Lego City. The average gamer is likely to want to play atleast one of those. I personally can’t wait to try W101, I like the art style (ressembling to Viewtiful Joe) and the simcity-like 2.5 dimention view. It’s like a chaotic pikmin, straight out of a comic!

    • TheRealChappy

      I think you meant, “best.” But after thinking on it, I like it your way better.

      • Nintenlord

        No i meant beast has in willd animal

    • just ninTendo

      yes its best it dosnt surprise nintendo always make BESTS

      • just ninTendo

        i think wii U is best for hardcore gamers:ac3-batman arkham-bayonetta-zombi U- and etc
        and best for casual gamers and other gamers:rayman-mario-pikmin-kirby-lego city and etc.
        and of course best game series of all time:ZELDA i cant wait for it
        wii U is for all types of people and always JUST NINTENDO

  • Jetty

    It’s a new Nintendo console. It’d be weird if it wasn’t sold out. I really hope that the supply and demand are on par. It sucks not being able to play, and that’s waiting for launch. God bless the one’s that are on a waiting list. I believe Nintendo learned from the Wii debacle, Wii U for the world boi!!!! Fifty days!!!!!!!!!

    • NavyBlueYoshi

      49 days till camping begins

      • Shane

        Pre-order? People probably wish they could camp, but I haven’t heard of anyone letting people do that this year.

        • Nintenlord

          Camping is not a crime if they let it for the iphone 5 why cant for the wii u

      • Huseyin Veli

        No need, I have mine arriving on release day :)) Sure I wont get to play it at midnight, but…… Oh damn it you are right!!

    • frank

      Hey, I gotta wait longer. “Santa” will be bringing it to me and my brothers, so while I don’t have to pay for it, I’ve got an extra month and a week to wait. At least they’ll have time to get the last few bugs out of the system. So while it sucks not being able to play, anybody in my boat have got it worse.

      I don’t feel sorry for myself very often at all, but I can’t help it now.

  • SteampunkJedi

    This is great. But am I the only one to find it odd that the release is later in Japan than in the U.S., while Nintendo is Japanese?

    • Nintenlord

      Is not nintendo have it easier to flood the stores of wii u in japan in days instead of weeks they need priority on the far areas

    • Dan

      Well anything Nintendo sells very well in Japan,, they have to make sure they serve U.S first because if not they might buy competing consoles for the holiday or games,,, its about strategies

      • Dan

        Plus US has 330 million population compare to Japan’s 127 million,, Another factor that they have potential to sell
        ALOT of units

        • Zack

          You also have to think about the dates:

          US launch is 11/18/2012 and Black Friday(the biggest shopping day in USA) is 11/23/2012, witch is five days later. The following Friday is the EU launch. Both the NA and EU markets are predominantly Christian areas and this makes it prime Christmas markets. 12/10/2012 in Japan gives Nintendo time to make enough units for the NA/EU markets and still have time for Japan to make good use of the launch window witch goes through March 2013.

    • Elite

      Noticed that too. First time i have heard nintendo doing something like this. Even Sony hasn’t done such a thing.

      • dubYA

        The DS and the Wii both released in NA before Japan.

    • NavyBlueYoshi

      Japan gets exclusive games, console colours, and club Nintendo rewards while all we get is a slightly faster launch day… One day im going to move to Japan…

  • Mac

    man that really sucks for the japanese especially considering the fact that nintendo is a japanese company

  • Nintedward

    Yep , I pre ordered 100,000 wiiu’s to create the illusion of demand .
    Probably the biggest fanboy move of all time !!

    Don’t worry , I will cancel 99,999 pre orders on the last day !!!

    • JumpMan

      gosh, what is the down-payment on those in Europe? that must have been expensive! xD

      • Nintedward

        Oh I have my ways . Identity fraud aside , it wasn’t as hard as you might think !

        • xdlugia

          That’s what she said.

          • Nintedward

            LOL!!!! She did ! ¬¬

    • sharlo

      hahahahahaha joker!!

    • MEJM

      Maybe Nintendo themselves made the pre-orders?? :0
      It’s a conspiracy! -__-
      Well, kidding aside, someone remarked that each individual store has about a limit of 20 pre-orders. I have yet to see proof of it, but it would explain why their going so fast.

    • Noteak

      Realy? Is that so?

      • theunknownhero

        Could be. I asked the guy at my gamestop and he said they got six black and thirteen white consoles so this could be a good average to go by.

        • Paul

          depends on how many pre orders nintendo have but it could be 100 per shop

        • Smitty

          No way are stores getting less than 100 units let alone in the teens!? they are manufacturing somewhere in the realm of 1million units a month people…

  • Nko Sekirei

    good its gonna continue to get even better on sales for nintendo and more wii u s are gonna sell out after nintendo brings more out for people who didn t preorder one on the release date and black friday

  • NesToWiiU

    Most Americans are Eurpeon immigrants.But,I’m African American and want to buy the Wii U at launch so I can’t say much.The Wii U and Iphone 5 will both be out in Black Friday.Nintendo and Apple are not responsible for any deaths on Black Friday. Thank you.

    • Death47

      Iphone 5 is already out^^

    • theunknownhero

      Yeah and why would you want an iphone 5 anyway it’s just like all the others except it’s awkwardly long.

      • Zeldatrek

        That’s also what she said. PS she also set it to vibrate.

        • Paul

          sorry iphone sucks unless your jailbreak it

  • KirboFer

    I’m just anticipating to see the numbers!.. xD

  • CheckItNow12

    It’s the Wii U, of course it will exceed expectations!

  • Miguel

    @Nintendward did u really?? Or just a joke ahahha

    • Nintedward

      You’l never know 😛 !!!

      • Zeldatrek

        At least we hope. Video chatting might not be a good thing after all

  • ineedawiiuNOW

    i wish i can buy it on launch day (preorders sold out in america) but im broke. sinse im 13, either i get money or wait until christmas and watch vids about da wii u. HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how long was dat

    • SherPanda

      I’m sorry but I’m thirteen, got a job and paid for my own Wii U. All while spelling words correctly and having proper grammar.

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  • Marioravesto3d

    This is still two months away from lauch advertisements not even started yet .Will see pre orders go through the roof when they start especially when people find out the games on wii u.As people stated before you have games for hole family.I can’t wait to get my hands on that game pad and kicking butt on zombie u.

  • nin10pro!

    December 10th? don’t you mean December 8th?

  • Relax


  • Cynthia

    wiiu graphic suck ass it is a shit and it cost 299 dollars and the games cost 60 dollars for 1 dam game it is a bumass game set THE WIIU SUCKS ASS dont buy the bumass shit lol

    • CheckItNow12

      It’s full HD, how does it suck? And the 360 and PS3 games cost $60 dollars too.

    • theunknownhero

      Well well well. I was wondering when the swag fags would come a knocking.

  • WII U 4 LIFE

    @Cynthia A huge FACEPALM!!!!!!! and don’t come back no moe and don’t hate just don’t come back sony lover

    • Cynthia

      you bitch shutup i like sony and what

      • WII U 4 LIFE

        @cynthia suck it sony lover troll

        • Cynthia

          you all are BITCHS you wiiu lover

          • Nintendude

            Funny, you’re saying we shouldn’t love the Wii U,
            On a site about the Wii U.

          • Nintenlord

            You hurt our fealings im so now i hate to wait till november 18 to be happy again

      • WII U 4 LIFE

        Well people like you bow before the great sony and im sure you would sell your sould for sony so go back where you came she-male

      • Damiao

        Wait. U think HE’S the bitch? Ha!

  • WII U 4 LIFE

    Wii U Is the best …Sony and xbox RIP….

    • Paul

      wouldnt rule out xbox and playstation in the future as they will always get cracking games compared to nintendo for example,

      red dead redemption, gta, max payne and so on

      • Collected

        Nobody really knows what the future will bring

      • WII U 4 LIFE


  • Madmagican

    Once Wii U hits, xbox and sony trolls will finally be shut up for a few years. Anybody else think it’s strange that the US is getting the Wii U first? Normally Japan is the first receiver of pretty much every technology to date

  • Cynthia

    sony is more beter than the wiiu

    • Collected

      “beter”; really English may not be your first language but don’t leave yourself so open to retorts. Anyway Sony as a whole has slide from the pedestal it held during the PS2 era, while Nintendo looks to make a second rising with this new console and the third party support. Wii U looks to have a positive future with an actual, definable leap in graphics and gameplay innovations unlike its competitors who have yet to release anything worth talking about.

    • dubYA

      I desperately want you to be a troll. I really don’t care about your feelings towards the Wii U one way or another. However, it deeply saddens me to think that someone could be so embarrassingly poor at grammar and spelling.

      If you’re genuinely this inept at English, I suggest you spend less time playing games and more time reading books.

    • WII U 4 LIFE

      @CYNTHIATROLL this is a place where we can voice opinion freely. I’m so sorry for your inability to be able to form coherent words or sentences as you type. Keep trying trooper!

    • SherPanda

      Thank you for inspiring the world with your eloquent speech.

  • Cynthia

    shut up wiiu lovers

    • WII U 4 LIFE

      Satan is back..go back to the flames

    • CheckItNow12

      Dude. This website is open for general discussions of Wii U, NOT to troll. I respect your opinion about Sony, but that doesn’t mean you should bash us just because we like something you don’t.

    • just ninTendo

      suth up donkey

      • just ninTendo

        im said it to cynthia

  • frank

    Solve the problem below.

    Cynthia = Lucifer

    Solution: all real numbers

    • u mad bro

      weird I was just studying Algebra and about all real numbers. 0.0

  • Shane

    We just need to get Oprah Winfrey to buy everyone a Wii U, so no one will miss out. haha. She COULD buy everyone in the U.S. a Wii U literally…

  • WII U 4 LIFE

    Wii U is awesome and it is more powerful then ps3 but some haters never learn

  • Smokey cheese

    Pre ordered my wii u zombi u bundle for £329 from HMV. Wasn’t going to get one at launch but the more I read and watched, a week after you could pre order my will crumbled. Always had a soft spot for Nintendo.

  • Paul

    sorry but i wouldnt preorder the console from game / gamestation due to charging £260 for the basic model and no advertising instores

    if they had a bundle with 3 top games for under £300 id be happy but will stick to my pre order from hmv instead

  • Cynthia

    lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol wiiu and sony hahaha

    • CheckItNow12

      0/10. If you’re gonna troll, put some effort into it at least.

    • WII U 4 LIFE

      This is a place where we can voice opinion freely. I’m so sorry for your inability to be able to form coherent words or sentences as you type. Keep trying trooper!

  • QwertyDoodle

    Can’t wait for the WiiU now! Bought the Deluxe with ZombiU for £299.99 (now increased and sold out) and now the shop (Zavvi) is doing preorder discounts each week! Just got Rayman Legends for £19.99 – hopefully SMBU will be discounted at some point but if not, I’ll be getting it as soon as I finish my other WiiU games 😀 So glad I made the switch from Sony to Nintendo permanent just over a year ago. I’ve had so much fun out of the few games I have on my 3ds than I have on the many games I have on my ps3! November 30 will come and it won’t be long until my ps3 is caked in dust 😀 – Don’t get me wrong, the switch hasn’t been easy, the only Nintendo (static) console I have is a Wii and I must admit that the e3 2011 presentation made me laugh and think “what’s going on?!” But after seeing more and more of this console, I trust it, and I trust Nintendo that they are doing the right thing. Hopefully this mini essay all makes sense 😀 I’m writing it on a 7-inch tablet screen so it’s a bit awkward to read it all 😛

  • podge79

    I pre ordered the zombiu bundle in gamestation in liverpool the time there was some confusion amongst retailers in the uk about wot was included in the box.Nintendoland was advertised as being in the bundle aswell as zombiu plus the stand and other bits and bobs.I knew it was a mistake and sure enough the next day i was told that nintendoland wouldnt be included.. Does anyone else think i have a case for false advertising as i was told i would be recieving nintendoland wen i pre ordered… I live in hope lol

  • podge79

    Oh and i forgot to mention.. The zombiu package in the uk comes with a pro controller too.. Happy days!!!

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  • Dan

    I want Zombie U deluxe also,,, too bad i livd in canada 🙁 ,,,,


    But…But..But..what of The ANAL-ists saying sellouts are not impressive?


    This thing will ROCK. CAN.NOT.WAIT.

  • Tom Fitz

    So long as it beats Apple’s stuff (in terms of sales), I’m happy!

  • Havoc87

    Wii u has more power than ps3 and 360 and thats it so go yourself ps3 and 360 fan gay-s

    • CheckItNow12

      Shh… You’re attracting them!

  • Brad

    most places have got new supplies of wii u. the 8gb basic pack costs have gone up, the 32gb haven’t. the smarter way to track prices is by using gamestock technology to send price drop alerts. so you pay the lowest. win win.