GameStop, Best Buy, and other retailers are offering Wii U pre-orders, and they're "extremely strong", says Nintendo.
Pre-order bonus includes real life Rooster Hat, free of charge.
Another rumor points at a November 18 Wii U release for North America.
Display boxes and marketing materials appear at video game retailers in the UK and North America.
2012 hasn't been good for retail game sales, and the Wii U will help improve that a lot, believes GameStop.