The Nintendo Wii U has sold out of pre-orders everywhere, and those who didn’t get a chance to pre-order could sign up on the waiting list for a Wii U console. GameStop offered its customers to sign up and get their names such a list, and now Nintendo has revealed that over 250,000 gamers have done so.
The news comes from Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata in a recent statement to investors. Of course, it doesn’t mean that those 250,000 are guaranteed sales, they are only a list where gamers will notified once the Wii U is in stock and available for pre-order or for purchase.
Iwata did not reveal how many Wii U consoles were allocated to GameStop. Some have estimated that Nintendo allocated as many as 400,000 consoles for pre-orders to all retailers. Those pre-orders sold out within a week. Nintendo recently confirmed that the Wii U will be in short supply in the UK on launch day, with as few as 25,000 consoles available.
Nintendo revealed yesterday that the Wii U will be sold at a loss when it launches on November 18 in North America, Nov. 30 in Europe, and December 10 in Japan.