As expected, the Wii U is pretty much sold out at all retailers. While Nintendo is doing the best they can to meet the demand and avoid the shortages that the Wii sold, it’s undoubtedly going to be a long wait for many consumers. GameStop, having experienced the problem of taking more pre-order requests than what they could commit to, had previously attempted to alleviate the shortage problems by opening up a “waiting list” SKU.
Once more Wii U units arrived in store, those on the waiting list would be called, and they would have an opportunity to come pick up their Wii U similar to a normal reserve for a limited time. However, likely due to the extreme demand for the system, local GameStop management has confirmed that company is discontinuing the waiting list. Read on for the details.
With such a high number of pre-orders for the Wii U, there’s simply no way retailers like GameStop can keep up with the demand at this point. GameStop’s waiting list SKU was meant to help people make sure they could get the console as soon as it became available again, but the demand is too great even for that strategy. If you are on the Wii U waiting list and you have not already received a call from GameStop informing you of the change, you likely will soon, as the Wii U will soon only be available on a first come first serve basis.
At this time GameStop employees are being told by Nintendo representatives that they are not to speculate on when the system will become available again. That said, Nintendo itself has stated that they are going to try to restock shelves as soon as possible, and there will be more Wii U systems available before Christmas hits. If you aren’t among those fortunate enough to get your pre-order in before the Wii U sold out, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled.
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