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Nintendo Exec: New Wii U Stock Heading for the U.S.

By - Source: Forbes | B 17 comments

Don't panic!

If you've had problems getting your hands on Nintendo's latest console, you'll be glad to know that additional stock is headed this way. Forbes cites Nintendo executive Scott Moffitt a saying more stock of the console is on the way and that the United States is a priority. 

Speaking at the U.S. Wii U launch in New York City, Moffitt said demand for the Wii U has been 'phenomenal' and said stock would be repleished before the holidays.

"As you’ve seen, stores are selling out of their pre-sell quantities ... There may be lines, and we do anticipate tremendous demand," he's quoted as saying. "We’ll do our best to keep up with it, but there should be a great quantity available at launch," he said, latter adding, "The second thing you should know is we’ll have more replenishment during the holiday season to replenish those stocks and refill those store shelves as quickly as we can. We can’t guarantee there won’t be shortages, but we’ll do our best to keep up with it."

Moffitt later said that since the U.S. is the first territory to get the console, we could expect more inventory here than in other territories.

The Wii U was announced at E3 2011 and launched on November 18. It's Nintendo's first HD console and comes with a unique tablet-style controller that also serves as a secondary screen. It's priced from $299 and will go on sale in Europe and Australia on November 30. Japan will get the console on December 8.

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    redgarl , November 21, 2012 10:37 AM
    It was easy to predict... I feel bad about people who believed otherwise and didn't preorder the thing.
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    vertigo_2000 , November 21, 2012 11:50 AM
    I didn't pre-order. I went to Wal-Mart last night for some stuff and thought I'd pick one up. They were sold out. No big deal.

    Some of us don't have to have it this second. Some of us are patient. I'll get one eventually.
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    smuggl3r , November 21, 2012 11:56 AM
    Why would someone buy this? Some 6 year old PCs are faster than this piece of sh*t "nextgen" console.
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    zbee , November 21, 2012 12:13 PM
    a typical troll has spoken...
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    fuzzion , November 21, 2012 12:18 PM
    So, Wii U buy one ?
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    frombehind , November 21, 2012 12:30 PM
    fuzzionSo, Wii U buy one ?

    ahaha I see what you did there :D 
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    shafe88 , November 21, 2012 1:02 PM
    smuggl3rWhy would someone buy this? Some 6 year old PCs are faster than this piece of sh*t "nextgen" console.
    Wow I didn't know my old emachine was faster than the Wii U. I never thought my celery d cold out perform a quad core.
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    tburns1 , November 21, 2012 1:38 PM
    At first I thought this was financial news about the Nikkei.
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    Anonymous , November 21, 2012 2:05 PM
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    jerrspud , November 21, 2012 2:05 PM
    I'm sure it's the A..holes that buy them and try to mark them up on CL and Ebay. We'll see after Christmas if there is a true demand
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    ddpruitt , November 21, 2012 2:06 PM
    smuggl3rWhy would someone buy this? Some 6 year old PCs are faster than this piece of sh*t "nextgen" console.

    Because the GamePad gives some interesting options not available elsewhere. Like playing the game on the small screen while other people spectate on the big screen. Takes a little while to get used to but I love this thing. Especially since it acts like a universal remote for my TV.
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    beardguy , November 21, 2012 2:23 PM
    I'm going to pick one up soon, haven't checked to see if there are any left around my city.

    I do find it funny that all the trolls saying the Wii U would be a "major fail" and wouldn't sell are totally wrong. In truth, it looks like a good system and I think it will have some great games. Nintendo was smart to get this thing out the door before the rival consoles hit the market.
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    Novulux , November 21, 2012 3:39 PM
    I purchased 3 for friends and relatives also. Went to Target closest to my house, 10 people waiting but only 4 in stock.
    Drove to larger Target at a mall, 15 in stock, but only 6 people waiting...
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    tipoo , November 21, 2012 3:55 PM
    shafe88Wow I didn't know my old emachine was faster than the Wii U. I never thought my celery d cold out perform a quad core.

    The Wii U processor die is 30mm2, and most things point to it having three cores. That's about the same size as a SINGLE core Atom also on 45nm. Each core has 1/3rd the transistor budget of one Atom core then. There is only so much you can do with a given transistor budget. I would not be surprised if a dual core from a few years ago kills this in raw CPU performance. Also its memory bandwidth for the CPU and GPU together is 12.8GB/s, even the 7 year old consoles are twice that speed, although it maybe has more eDRAM than the 360 to make up for it.
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    azathoth , November 21, 2012 3:58 PM
    They darn well better include the latest firmware installed for this shipment.
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    noblerabbit , November 21, 2012 5:33 PM
    there will be no Wii U's available, as 5,000 Angry parents storm every electronics store this Christmas season. Just like every new console season, rinse and repeat. Mine will go for $1,000 on ebay , no less. We live in a capitalistic society, and I know that people with too much money on their hands will buy it from me.
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    samwelaye , November 22, 2012 6:49 AM
    If anybody is in the pacific northwest... hit up Fred Meyer for a Wii. Nobody thinks of going there, and we all have some.

    saw probably 8 deluxes and more than 10 basics in my storeroom today