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Amazon trumpets lack of Wii U preorders

Customers told Nintendo's system "not available at Amazon.com at this time," no explanation given

As Nintendo wrapped up its Wii U announcement event yesterday, specialty retailer GameStop sent out a press release announcing it had opened up reservations for the system at all of its US stores and online. Online shopping giant Amazon countered that with an announcement of its own saying pretty much the opposite.

In an email with the subject line "Your Request for Information on Wii U Availability," Amazon told customers who signed up to be notified when reservations opened that the system remained unavailable to preorder.

"Unfortunately the Wii U console is not available at Amazon.com at this time but please check back in the future, as availability may change," the e-mail read. It went on to note that the website is offering games and accessories for the Wii U regardless.

While Wii U preorders have not opened on either Amazon's US or Canadian sites, Amazon.fr and Amazon.co.uk have both started taking reservations on the new hardware in its multiple configurations.

Neither Amazon nor Nintendo had returned requests for comment as of press time.

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Latest comments (8)

Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games4 years ago
well i dunno about that amazon, but there is plenty on this one for about a month or more now:

www.amazon.de/Nintendo-Wii-Konsole-Basic-Pack/dp/B004ZKI7EM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347650379&sr=8-1

www.amazon.de/Nintendo-Wii-Konsole-Premium-schwarz/dp/B0090LFL0E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347650462&sr=8-2

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Yiannis Koumoutzelis on 14th September 2012 8:22pm

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Amazon US and NOA had a major falling out over the 3DS so Amazon no longer directly sells Nintendo hardware. Only software and accessories.
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games4 years ago
i see. well i guess too bad for them, since 3DS turned out to sell so well! :)
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Doug Paras4 years ago
The title of this article was poorly choosen, it makes it sound like nobody is Pre-ordering WiiU's from Amazon rather then that they aren't taking pre-orders for the system.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Doug Paras on 18th September 2012 5:30pm

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
^That was my initial impression as well.
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As PR Director Meelad Sadat said: "The headline should make you want to read the story."
Who cares if it implies something else? You read it, right? Great!

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I hope GamesIndustry.biz starts reading the increasing amount of comments about the decline of their journalistic values. It's getting quite silly.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Laurens, I agree. Just not at the expense of harming the brand.

If a headline gets you to read that one article but discourages you from reading any other article from that network....bad headline.
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Same, Jim. :)
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