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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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