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"Shop around" for Wii Fit, advises Nintendo

Retailers "aware of their allocations" since early last month, and are currently taking precautions to ensure orders are met

Nintendo UK has responded to concerns over the availability of Wii Fit, insisting that "many retailers are still accepting pre-orders." Following the news that several leading vendors have already stopped taking pre-orders, the firm is advising consumers to "shop around to secure their copy" of the hugely anticipated title.

In a statement released to GamesIndustry.biz, Nintendo said: "All retailers in the UK and Ireland have been aware of their Wii Fit allocations for launch since early March and as such we would see any stopping of pre-orders a sensible precaution on their part to ensure all current orders are met. Many retailers are still accepting pre-orders and we would advise people to shop around to secure their copy.

"As with all our launches, we are working very hard with all our retail partners to be as open and as transparent as possible with further deliveries, we're disappointed if even one person can't get hold of one of our products and we are doing everything we can to ensure we have as much stock as possible coming into the UK and Ireland not just at launch, but continually, to try and minimise any potential disappointment as much as possible."

The fitnessed-based title, which comes bundled with a Balance Board peripheral, has been a phenomenon in Japan, selling 1.4 million units since December. Wii Fit releases in Europe on April 25 with an RRP of GBP 69.99, with the US following on May 19, priced at USD 89.99.

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