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People are lining up for Wii U launch in London

Wii U londonThe Wii U launches in Europe on November 30, just a few days from now. And as expected, the first few people are already in line. A group of Nintendo fans have queued up in London to be one of the first ones to get the new Wii U console.

And it’s a good idea to get in line: Nintendo has said that Wii U supplies in the UK will be limited, and some have estimated that only about 25,000 Wii U consoles will be available on launch day. Several UK retailers have recently said that they could not guarantee Wii U pre-orders.

UK retailer HMV is holding a midnight launch event in London, where the first 100 people will receive a free copy of New Super Mario Bros U and a Wii U goodie bag. But besides the first 100, it’s unclear how many consoles are in stock for those looking to buy one on launch day.

The Wii U sold 400,000 units in North America during its first week on the market. It would have sold more, but inventory was severely limited. The new console launches in Europe on November 30 and in Japan on December 7.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sonicolorsDan Daniel Duarte

    cant wait!

    • Marioravestozelda

      I can’t get zombie u pack as I wasn’t high enough on the waiting list they phoned my mum when I was at work.Am getting nintendo land pack which is good also getting batman friday.Will see you on miiverse guys!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sonicolorsDan Daniel Duarte

    can’t wait! again

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/PwerlvlAmy GameNChick

    Freakin Campers!! oh wait, its the good kind xD

    Looking forward to seeing the EU players on Miiverse :)

    • MujuraNoKamen

       I’ll see you there! gonna be getting me some Nintendoland, ZombiU and BO2 on launch day, and hopefully Mario Bros U and Pikmin 3 not soon enough :) can’t wait to try out Miiverse!!!!

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/PwerlvlAmy GameNChick

        I’ve been addicted to Miiverse and hope you can get all the games you plan to get :D

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    I hope they have Thermal Underwear and good tents + warm clothes gonna get cold in europe starting tomorrow the news weather bulletin said :)

    I can’t get one on launch as i’ll leave for a short vacation this friday, but also the local games store were I would buy the system won’t do a midnight launch :( The owner (I know him irl very well) really wanted to do it, but it seems like as this article allready said there won’t be enough WiiU’s available at launch for all the preorders in Europe, the store I would buy it from has received the first games last monday (Sonic all stars racing transformed, AC3, DS2 and some others) but he doesn’t know hom many WiiU’s he’ll have at launch :(

    He’ll keep everyone informed through facebook aswell as through the stores newsletter.

    • MujuraNoKamen

       It’s cold enough here in the UK already, I feel sorry for the people in Scandinavia and wherever else in Europe that’s any where near as cold. Good look to all these campers and I hope they find it worth their effort.

      • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

        Yes, there it is very very cold indeed, I suppose in central Europe it’s still warm compared to Scandinavia

        • Sapero

          Whell, it snowed today in Sweden, and it’s getting increddibly cold from now on :'(

          • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

            I saw on the news indeed, really freaking cold  there the upcoming days, I hope it’ll get better there soon.
            But on the bright side you’ll have atleast most likely a white xmas ;)

            We’ll get some snow the weekend, but whether or not we’ll get a white xmas remains to be seen.

  • Dáibhí wotshissurname

    The only problem is that this was written a week after everybody else found out.

    • wiiudaily

      o’rly?

      • SoulSilverZero

        YA RLY!

      • Dáibhí wotshissurname

        officialnintendomagazine.co.uk

  • Zelda Fan

    im ready!!!!!

  • WarioForever

    I’m European and I’m proud of that! (exept that there are many Playstation players).
    Can’t wait the Wii U, I’m gonna get it for Christmas!
    Looking forward to see you guys in Miiverse!  :D

    • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

      True that. It seems like I’m the only one of my friends who’s gonna get a WiiU :/ They all pose their PS3’s zzz. PS3 ain’t bad though, just not really my kind of console, still happy with my PS and PS2, maybe next to the WiiU a PS4 might end up depending on how many games it get’s I lke a lot, so far for me atleast PS3 seems to be rather dissapointing, exception of a few great RPG’s and some nice adventures, but not enough to get a PS3 for me.

      • beerkin

        I have a PS3 and enjoy it. The problem is for all the shine and sheen of HD PS3 games there just isn’t any depth. I rent PS3 games because I know I can beat them in a day or two. They are like a good movies, where Nintendo games are like a great novel.

        • xdlugia

          Sounds like you should give Metal Gear Solid a try.

          • beerkin

            I tried MGS and found that I suck at stealth games. Infamous 1 and 2 now those were amazing games.

  • DarkYoshi

    Looks cozy in that little one man tent…

  • Dominic Coradazzi

    I like their tent, it reminds me of how different peoples’ boundaries are and that we’re all unique

  • JumpMan

    once it’s past the 30th, it’ll be easy to get coins from tourists in NintendoLand! just found out you can hunt down Miis for coins today :P

  • Nintendude

    Good luck Europe!

  • http://twitter.com/The_Coombes John Coombes

    Can’t wait 1 more sleep to go!! I can’t wait gonna be at me local midnight launch!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamal.brown.14 Duke Togo

    i know this is gonna get on my nerves wen i try 2 get tha wii u on friday

  • Nintendofreak

    for someweird reason when d wii came out had d cash no consoles :(   ….wiiu comes out dont have d cash but dere is like 4 on my local wall mart wtf

  • Master RD

     Good luck! I went to Ninty World since I was in the area, got there an hour before had to wait hours, but it was worth it. Have fun waiting, and see you in the Miiverse!

  • Fenberry24

    I finally managed to get my wii u order payed off at jbhifi here in Auckland, the sales girls didn’t know much about it and they said they had plenty of stock since not many have preoordered.

    Taking a week off work to get down to business and play a crap ton of games.

    Shame though Eb, jbhifi, the warehouse, Bond and Bond and all other retailers I checked with are not doing any midnight launch. (Sigh). If it was a new Xbox this country would be lining up but Nintendo gets almost no love here.

    Anyway, I’ll be getting online after my update tomorrow morning and I’ll upload lots of footage onto my YouTube channel. Check out Fenberry24 if any one wants to see some game footage.

  • erlendrs93

    I’m going to my line pretty soon as well! Just have to finish a driving class and i’m on my way to OSLO! I’m gonna take the train home and walk 1km with it, then update and play it till sunrise.

  • http://twitter.com/MbuffTES TES Podcast (Mike)

    I’m excited for all of you in the UK! You’re in for one heck of a treat! 

  • Jonas

     im counting the minutes from now.
    Greeting from europe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44UDGK42PNJVRWVS57IVEKMK2A Donald

    “It would have sold more, but inventory was severely limited.”  No wonder this site is looking for writers!  This goes well against the rules of journalism!  You cannot write what you THINK would have happened, you are only to write what did happen, and what happened as that the Wii U sold ALMOST 400,000 units in the US!  This site may be Wii U centric, but let’s not lie and have crazy articles that show clear biases.

  • http://www.mpt-online.eu/ Sylux

    I’ll watch the launch in Turkey if I have some time. Leaving tomorrow morning at 7:15. Best of luck to all Europeans who are going to get one at midnight launch or during the day, hopefully there will be enough stock for most pre-orders and some separate sales.

    I’ll read up again at Monday evening.

    Cheers all.

  • Linskarmo

    Did all four of them sleep in that little thing? Now that’s what I call dedication.

  • Alejandro Gonzalez