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Wii U Fitness Games at Launch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Lots of things to report, including the results of my lose-weight-before-my-wedding plan, as well as several new Wii game reviews. Hopefully I’ll have some time in the next few weeks to catch up on my blogging!

In the meantime, I just wanted to give an update on the Wii U. It appears that Wii U launch titles are finally available for pre-order at Amazon and Best Buy, including a number of promising fitness games, including:

ESPN Sports Connection:

Just Dance 4:

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013:

Wii Fit U

As of right now, pre-order links for the console at Best Buy and Gamestop are still showing the units completely sold out, but keep checking. While Amazon appears to have sellers who are selling, my best advice is NOT to buy it from them, as they’re price gouging. If they’re asking for more than $299.99 for the basic (white) set or more than $349.99 for the deluxe (black) set, they’re asking too much. If you’re willing to wait a few weeks, chances are there’ll be plenty in stock by then and you won’t have to pay the exorbitant markups.

The conspiracy theorist in me originally thought that Nintendo might be artificially holding back on inventory in order to create huge demand for the product, but I’ve since heard that they really do have production limitations with their new touch-screen controllers which is keeping initial supplies low. This makes sense–they probably don’t want to invest the resources to completely fill demand on day one, and then be stuck with excess capacity afterwards.

Early feedback on the system is that it’s “surprisingly powerful”, which bodes well for Nintendo as far as making a dent in market share as Sony and Microsoft both sit on the sidelines milking as much as they can out of the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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