Nintendo Wii U White

It’s been just about a week since the Wii U bundles and prices were revealed but stores are now supposedly rejecting pre-order requests as they’ve already sold out their inventories. Does this mean that the Wii U will be a smash hit just like its predecessor?

Nintendo Wii U White

According to a report from GamesRadar, many major US retailers are no longer offering pre-orders for the Wii U:

“GameStop is no longer offering pre-orders for either the Wii U’s $300 8 GB or $350 32 GB models. It joins Best Buy, Toys R Us, Sears, Kmart and Target in closing down early purchases, though Wal-Mart still offers a special store bundle featuring the 8 GB unit. Customers on Amazon’s waiting list for Wii U have recieved emails stating that the system is not currently available but to check back in the future.”

While it may seem that Nintendo has a home run, experts are quick to point out that selling out on pre-orders does not necessarily mean that the Wii U will be a success. This just means that the limited number of consoles reserved for pre-orders has been exhausted. It’s possible that Niintendo kept this number low.┬áR.W. Baird senior research analyst Colin Sebastian spoke with CNBC regarding this and speculates that Nintendo could be doing this to create an important perception that the Wii U is highly in demand, especially with the holiday season fast approaching.

“I think seeing these sellouts on some of the websites is not a negative indication,” says Sebastian. “It’s either neutral or slightly positive, but it’s not conclusive.”

The Wii U will be available on November 18 in the US and will come in 2 variants, a white basic set that will retail for $299.99 and a $349.99 black deluxe set.

Will you be grabbing a Wii U when it launches? Do you think it will be a cultural phenomenon like the Wii? Give your two cents in the comments below!