The next generation Nintendo Wii U has officially sold out, just a day after its official release date. The launch of the new console didn’t come without some snags though.
The brand new Wii U, pictured, is the first next generation console to arrive from the big 3 video game companies, with Sony and Microsoft next up for making their moves. The newest Nintendo system had a starting price of $300 for the basic set which includes a “tablet-style controller”. Even though the device just recently released, there have already been reports from Forbes via PCWorld, that the console has “largely sold out across the U.S”. No sales figures are available as of this report.
The expectation is this console will sell big, to the tune of 3.5 million Wii U consoles sold worldwide by end of December 2012. Nintendo has already said they expect to have trouble fulfilling the demand for the new item during the holiday season. Speaking of trouble, many new owners of the device already have experienced some, albeit due to long download times for a mandatory software update, and the lack of services on the device.
A video game related problem is that the 32GB Wii U Deluxe Set doesn’t have enough storage capacity to download and install the “Nintendo Land” game. The other issue is that several big name services that were supposed to be included on the device aren’t. These include Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus, although Netflix is reported to be working as far as a streaming content provider, as of this report. It’s likely these other services will be added in the coming weeks, one would hope. However, as of right now, Netflix is the only option, until the Wii U streaming service is added in early December.
With so many issues, one would think these wouldn’t be selling. However, this is the next generation of Nintendo, a gaming system that has been popular for several decades now. The Wii U is the next step towards the future of video games, and based on the items selling via 3rd parties at Amazon.com or eBay, it’s clear there is a lot of demand for this first-of-its-kind video game console. The debate for any lucky consumer who happens to stumble on one at a store, if possible, will be whether to keep it for themselves, or turn a profit on those aforementioned sites.
Are you or is someone you know asking for Nintendo Wii U this holiday season, or a different video game system? Which next generation console do you want to see arrive next, the Xbox 720 or Playstation 4?
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