Amazingly, pre-orders for the Wii U are out of stock all over the place already, even though the release date is November 18. Game Stop is out, Best Buy is out. Kmart is out. Toys R Us is doing a little sneaky thing by creating a bundle that increases the price of the Basic Edition to over $400.
As for Amazon, if you were planning on pre-ordering from them (as I was), we’re out of luck. It turns out Amazon actually never had them for pre-order, due to a feud that’s going on between Amazon and Nintendo since the release of the 3DS. You’ll find many third party sellers on Amazon that are price-gouging–don’t fall for them.
This is all, of course, deja vu all over again from 1998 when the original Wii came out. Conspiracy theories abound–is Nintendo deliberately keeping supply low to create buzz with demand? Some say definitely yes, while others day that the supply chain being created as a result of the new components are legitimately keeping supply low. In either case, it’s definitely working to create buzz around the product. We’ll know for sure if a supply of Wii U’s magically becomes available on the launch date.
Sadly, I didn’t get my pre-order in, so I won’t be reviewing the unit when it comes out, but I’ll be planning on getting one as soon as they become available. But if you were lucky enough to get your pre-order in, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
By the way, there will be new reviews coming for Harley Pasternak soon, as well as an update on my wedding weight loss 🙂 Spoiler alert–the wedding will be taking place on October 7 as planned 🙂