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GameStop US halts Wii U pre-orders due to "overwhelming demand"

UK site still taking reservations, US PowerUp members put on waiting list

US retailer GameStop has stopped taking pre-orders for the Wii U in the US, due to "overwhelming demand", with PowerUp Rewards members instead being placed on a waiting list for the new hardware.

The chain's UK website is still allowing customers to place orders and make a deposit, but Softpedia reports that pre-order numbers were so high in North America that no more are being taken.

US customers who participate in the store's PowerUp Rewards scheme can be put on a waiting list, with no deposit, to be informed when the machine comes back into stock. They will then have 48 hours to reply and secure their unit.

The new console's release will be staggered worldwide, although dates are closer than for previous launches, with geographical preference reversed. The US will be the first to see the machine in the wild, on November 18, with Europe following on November 30 and Japan on December 8.

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Latest comments (7)

Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 4 years ago
I am so screwed, I went to reserve mine 3 days after it was announced and pre-orders were already full for the first batch until January.
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Caleb Hale Journalist 4 years ago
Wal-Mart, Target aren't taking pre-orders, so if you can spare a Saturday night waiting in line you may yet get one.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
Try Best Buy if you haven't yet. As I noted elsewhere, between the usual system launch histrionics that will take place (eBay is going to be making people rent money once the system launches) and the fact that getting a replacement controller will be even more of a PR nightmare should there be any defects or too many accidents that have unfortunate gamers waiting for a replacement from Nintendo, things are going to get crazy for a few weeks post-launh and into the holiday season.

I'd also bet we'll see some of those gamepads from pre-ordered systems being sold separately (for a small fortune) if some people have the money and are really impatient about holding out until NOA decides to sell them as single units.
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I looked around here (Australia/VIC) yesterday, and both my local EB & JB still had preorders available... so I pre-ordered a Pro. There has been close to zero marketing here (JB had nothing - no posters, no preorder information, no boxes setup).

Once the ads hit the TV, and we get within a month of launch I think the situation will change rapidly.

Ironically, I then realised I won't be around for the launch weekend. Doh!
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
I have two preordered at Gamestop and Best Buy. You know....just in case one doesn't come thru that day.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd4 years ago
I had to pre-order at Toys R Us... which won't end well. TRU is known for over-selling preorders in large numbers. I'll have to show up 3 hours early to get it I'm sure. Oh well. I WILL get it at least.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
I chose the free shipping option and don't mind waiting a few days (my order said it would arrive between the launch day and 11/23) since I don't even want to be in a line anywhere in my area and have to brave the crowds (or weather if it's crappy) on the trip there and back.
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