Nintendo has confirmed that, between the 8GB and 32GB versions of the Wii U, customers are actually favoring the higher-priced Deluxe with more storage than the lower priced standard one.
Nintendo is getting ready to debut the Wii U at the end of the week, on November 18, in North America, so the company wants to make sure the launch will go off without a hitch and that there won’t be any major shortages.
According to Nintendo of America’s Scott Moffitt, actual pre-order data shows that way more customers are opting for the pricier Wii U Deluxe Edition than the regular standard version, which goes to prove that price isn’t an issue.
“All I can say is that the response has been phenomenal and we're getting, especially in the higher priced deluxe set, that one's selling out incredibly quickly. That seems to indicate that the pricing's in a good spot and the proof is in the consumer response,” Moffitt told GamesIndustry.
In order to make sure that customers will be able to get their preferred versions of the Wii U, Moffitt revealed that Nintendo had shipped way more units to retailers than it had done with the original Wii.
“Certainly we've seen brisk pre-sales and that the phone calls have been coming into our headquarters for quite a while now asking for more and so we do expect high demand. But I can tell you this - on opening week we will have more systems on hand for the Wii U than we did for the launch of Wii. And, second, our replenishments will be more frequent this holiday time than during the Wii launch,” he said.
Shortages, however, might still happen, but Nintendo hopes that people will be patient as it’s shipping consoles as fast as it receives them.
“It's impossible to exactly predict demand, and so I can't say that we won't have some shortages out there and that people won't have to be a little patient with the replenishment truckload and shipments and boatloads to arrive,” he added.
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