The biggest video game retailer in the world, GameStop, is “eager to get started on the launch” of Nintendo’s new Wii U console. In a recent interview, GameStop CEO Paul Raines says that they’re “very excited about the Wii U”, and that they believe it will be a significant part of the holiday period. He also mentioned that he got a chance to play Pikmin 3 at E3, and played the game for a whole hour.
“I went upstairs [at E3] and played Pikmin for like an hour with the tablet and the controller, and it’s pretty cool. I mean, the rendering, the graphics are fantastic.”
Raines added that while 2012 so far hasn’t been great for game sales, he believes the Wii U will help improve game sales and revenue for the industry as a whole. He says that GameStop is “doing a lot” to plan for the Wii U launch, and it looks like they have something special in store for the launch (no pun intended). A few days ago, it was rumored that GameStop would start taking Wii U pre-orders in September, but this hasn’t been confirmed yet.
A lot of things will also come down to the price of the Wii U. Nintendo has been saying they’re taking the pricing issue seriously, while some analysts and industry insiders are frustrated over Nintendo’s information blackout.