At the moment, in the US, Gamestop appears to be all sold out of pre-orders for the deluxe version of the Wii U, as are multiple other US retailers. But what is the situation in Australia and, in particular, with EB — who are owned by the same parent company as Gamestop.
Well, according to an EB representative, EB is continuing to sell pre-orders and — according to a source within EB — Nintendo has confirmed that every customer who pre-orders will receive a Wii U.
"As a company we’re very excited about the worldwide response to preorders for the Wii U," said the EB spokesperson. "As you’re probably aware we work closely with our world class partner Nintendo Australia, and as of this morning we have not yet gotten any notification from them to stop presales. We’re going to continue to take preorders right up until we hear otherwise from them, and the moment we stop taking preorders we’ll obviously communicate that."
We also asked Nintendo Australia to confirm this, but its answer was a little more vague.
"We'll be doing everything we can to satisfy the consumer demand and will manufacture and ship product as fast as we can," said Nintendo Australia, "but never at the expense of quality control. Our priority will always be putting out the best product we can, when we can."
At the moment it is difficult to say exactly how the situation will play out. Earlier this year, a source from EB stated that Nintendo would guarantee every pre-order made at E3, but that situation could have changed, and the source may have been mistaken.
That said, it appears as though EB is in constant communication with Nintendo Australia regarding any possible shortage, so hopefully it will stop selling as soon as there is any possibility that Nintendo will not be able to meet demand.