Yesterday we reported that UK retailer Asda had dropped both the Wii U basic and the Wii U deluxe models from their brick and mortar stores. The store says it remains committed as a Nintendo partner and will continue to stock Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL and their games, as well as Wii U games, but for people who want to buy a Wii U console from the retailer, you’ll need to buy it online.
“Wii U will be available through every Asda store; customers are able to order it online and have it delivered to their home or their local store for free through our click and collect service. We continue to support Nintendo as a partner and we have recently extended the number of stores and the space we allocate within these stores to 3DS games and Nintendo’s 3DS games and 3DS-XL handheld consoles.”
The Wii U has been a notoriously slow seller in the UK so it’s not surprising that Asda wants to reserve shelf space for merchandise that may move a little bit faster. The fact that they’re telling consumers to order it online for pick up is a bit of a slap in the face however, as window shopping sells consoles quite well around the holidays.
What do you think of this stance?