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Nintendo's Scott Moffitt believes the response is proof that Wii U pricing is in a good spot

Wii U has only a few more days before launch in the US, and if you didn't pre-order, it could be tough to buy one, as sales have been brisk. Nintendo of America's Scott Moffitt, executive vice president of sales and marketing, told GamesIndustry International that the $349 Deluxe Set version in particular has been a very hot item.

Despite some concerns over hardware pricing possibly being too high, Moffitt asserted that consumer demand is what matters, and consumers have been telling Nintendo that the price is indeed right.

"All I can say is that the response has been phenomenal and we're getting, especially in the higher priced deluxe set, that one's selling out incredibly quickly. That seems to indicate that the pricing's in a good spot and the proof is in the consumer response," Moffitt remarked in an interview to be published in full tomorrow.

While shortages were a huge problem for the original Wii's launch, Moffitt is expecting Nintendo to do a much better job on replenishment this time around. That doesn't mean it'll necessarily be easy for walk-ins at Walmart or Best Buy to just pick one up any day of the week without a pre-order.

"Certainly we've seen brisk pre-sales and that the phone calls have been coming into our headquarters for quite a while now asking for more and so we do expect high demand. But I can tell you this - on opening week we will have more systems on hand for the Wii U than we did for the launch of Wii. And, second, our replenishments will be more frequent this holiday time than during the Wii launch," Moffitt noted.

"But, having said all that, it's impossible to exactly predict demand, and so I can't say that we won't have some shortages out there and that people won't have to be a little patient with the replenishment truckload and shipments and boatloads to arrive."

Stay tuned for the full interview with Moffitt in which we discuss launch window planning, tablets, Nintendo's financials and more.

 

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 Bananaking was right, I was wrong. Like he always is. About the 3DS not selling at least 19.999 million in 2013...

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Comparing Wii & Wii U Launch Lines

by Justin Berube - November 20, 2012 - 6:13 A.M.
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Six years later, things are drastically different.

Before the Wii launch in 2006, I remember GameStop being one of the few stores accepting pre-orders on the hardware. Even then, each store only took a few, leaving most interested consumers scrambling.

I wasn’t one of the people with a GameStop reserve. I’m not a big fan of the chain, and decided to take my chances. The eve before the Wii’s release I kept checking my local Best Buy store every two hours to see if a line was forming. I wasn’t going to get screwed out of a Nintendo console launch, and decided I’d get out there as soon as I had to.

Around 11:00 a.m. a line started to form. It was then that I pulled in the parking lot and sat down, the eighth person in line. The store wasn’t opening until 8:00 a.m. the following day. I had a chair and settled in.

As the time went by, that line kept getting longer until it eventually wrapped around the side of the building. Something around 100 people were in that line. The level of hype in that parking lot was pretty high. All night, people would come by to see if they could join the line. People would frantically ask everyone if they were getting a Wii to figure out if the store was going to have enough units. Even in the early morning, people were jumping in line hoping they could get one, but knowing they probably wouldn’t.

I expected something similar the other night during the Wii U launch. To my shock, it was a vastly different experience. I went to the same store and not one person was in the line at 8:00 p.m. I pre-ordered this time, so I didn’t have to camp out. I just stopped by to make sure they had my unit on hold.

I then arrived at the same store an hour before it opened. I joined as the seventh person in the line, and asked a Best Buy employee how many units they had. I was told the store had 10 Deluxe units reserved and 10 to sell to anyone else. Additionally, the store rep told me they only had eight Basic sets to sell.

What I found shocking about this was that recently we heard that there would be many more Wii U units at launch than there had been Wiis, and that same store had 80 Wii consoles to sell on launch day.

By the time the store opened, maybe 15 people were in line. The excitement wasn’t nearly as high as it was back in 2006, even though I was personally more hyped for the Wii U launch.

I had time to ponder why things were so different this time around, and have concluded it is most likely due to a number of factors. For starters, more stores were taking pre-orders this time around, why camp out when you’re secure? The down economy may have also played a part; people may not have as much to spend on a new console. The final reason I could come up with was that more people may have ordered online, since shopping over the Internet has clearly gone up since the Wii came out in 2006.

Overall, the Wii U launch was vastly different. I wonder if the days of massive launch day camp outs at nearly every major store are over.

With that said, I’d still love to hear from some readers on this topic. Did you attend both a Wii and Wii U launch? Let me know if anything was different for you.



 Bananaking was right, I was wrong. Like he always is. About the 3DS not selling at least 19.999 million in 2013...

spurgeonryan said:

Comparing Wii & Wii U Launch Lines

by Justin Berube - November 20, 2012 - 6:13 A.M.
Discuss in talkback!

Six years later, things are drastically different.

Before the Wii launch in 2006, I remember GameStop being one of the few stores accepting pre-orders on the hardware. Even then, each store only took a few, leaving most interested consumers scrambling.

I wasn’t one of the people with a GameStop reserve. I’m not a big fan of the chain, and decided to take my chances. The eve before the Wii’s release I kept checking my local Best Buy store every two hours to see if a line was forming. I wasn’t going to get screwed out of a Nintendo console launch, and decided I’d get out there as soon as I had to.

Around 11:00 a.m. a line started to form. It was then that I pulled in the parking lot and sat down, the eighth person in line. The store wasn’t opening until 8:00 a.m. the following day. I had a chair and settled in.

As the time went by, that line kept getting longer until it eventually wrapped around the side of the building. Something around 100 people were in that line. The level of hype in that parking lot was pretty high. All night, people would come by to see if they could join the line. People would frantically ask everyone if they were getting a Wii to figure out if the store was going to have enough units. Even in the early morning, people were jumping in line hoping they could get one, but knowing they probably wouldn’t.

I expected something similar the other night during the Wii U launch. To my shock, it was a vastly different experience. I went to the same store and not one person was in the line at 8:00 p.m. I pre-ordered this time, so I didn’t have to camp out. I just stopped by to make sure they had my unit on hold.

I then arrived at the same store an hour before it opened. I joined as the seventh person in the line, and asked a Best Buy employee how many units they had. I was told the store had 10 Deluxe units reserved and 10 to sell to anyone else. Additionally, the store rep told me they only had eight Basic sets to sell.

What I found shocking about this was that recently we heard that there would be many more Wii U units at launch than there had been Wiis, and that same store had 80 Wii consoles to sell on launch day.

By the time the store opened, maybe 15 people were in line. The excitement wasn’t nearly as high as it was back in 2006, even though I was personally more hyped for the Wii U launch.

I had time to ponder why things were so different this time around, and have concluded it is most likely due to a number of factors. For starters, more stores were taking pre-orders this time around, why camp out when you’re secure? The down economy may have also played a part; people may not have as much to spend on a new console. The final reason I could come up with was that more people may have ordered online, since shopping over the Internet has clearly gone up since the Wii came out in 2006.

Overall, the Wii U launch was vastly different. I wonder if the days of massive launch day camp outs at nearly every major store are over.

With that said, I’d still love to hear from some readers on this topic. Did you attend both a Wii and Wii U launch? Let me know if anything was different for you.

Honestly, I think there are a variety of factors at play, many of which were already mentioned ...

1) Every store I looked at had pre-orders on the Wii U while few/none had Wii pre-orders
2) Many large online retailers had a massive number of pre-orders available for the Wii U
3) There is no new Sony or Microsoft console on the market so there is less industry excitement (in general)
4) The economy is down
5) While the Wii U has some games that will be amazingly successful, it doesn't have a prestige game to draw people's attention
6) The Wii U generally is not as exciting as the Wii was

With that said, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Nintendo actually shipped more systems and these systems were distributed according to sales of 3DS or Wii hardware. This might mean that retailers like Walmart or Toys-R-Us might have gotten far more units while other retailers like Best Buy or Gamestop received fewer units. In theory this could have even been driven by Best Buy or Gamestop being that Nintendo moving towards digital distribution of full games really threatens their business model.



They produced and made available more volume than Wii had

Distribution was move evenly spread with every place getting some allotment and all of them doing pre-orders

Online pre-orders hugely important this time around with many people still waiting for their units to arrive

There is definitely less excitement for the Wii U at launch, but I remember being able to buy a Wii without issue either

It wasn't until after some Thanksgiving parties where people got to try out the Wii and word of mouth spread that the demand spiked leading into 2008

... I have a Wii U and it is a game changer ...

It is everything I wanted and more in a Nintendo HD console.

I don't belive that is going to sell more then Wii... but i can be wrong... only time will tell...

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Th wii launch had a lot more buzz as it shared the spot-light with the PS3 launch and the earlier x360's.

With only wii u promoting the hype this time around it was always going to be a quieter launch compared to last.


i did not buy a wii because of that motion control now that the wii u has a regular control i will be geting one

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coolguy said:
i did not buy a wii because of that motion control now that the wii u has a regular control i will be geting one


Well both have multiple options. Just the Wii u has even more options now. And the game pad rocks!



 Bananaking was right, I was wrong. Like he always is. About the 3DS not selling at least 19.999 million in 2013...

Interesting $349.99 is a good price point but another one at $299.99 is priced too high.

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good news, WiiU is going to be a hot item in the next months.

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