Nintendo Wii U Back in Stock at Select Retailers
The Wii U has begun reappearing in online inventories over the last few days even though it is largely sold out across the U.S., reports online product monitoring service whohas.it. Major online retailers have been offering at or near retail priced Wii U bundles through their online stores, and both the Basic and Deluxe models have been flip-flopping in and out of stock since Monday morning. Holiday shoppers that are monitoring stock closely, either manually or using automated retailer monitoring services, have been snatching up opportunities to avoid paying inflated prices through outlets such as eBay.
Market research analysts expect Nintendo to move around 3.5 million Wii U consoles worldwide before Christmas. Nintendo has already been having trouble keeping up with pre-orders, and the supply issues are expected to continue throughout the next few months as the holiday shopping season heats up. Online scalpers are already taking advantage of the Wii U shortage by selling the Wii U on online auction sites for upwards of $400.
The aforementioned whohas.it's Wii U product tracker has helped many shoppers avoid scalpers and secure a Wii U console since its official launch on Sunday. However, even with the help of online product tracking services like whohas.it, holiday shoppers must act quickly. whohas.it has reported that the 8GB Basic model went in and out of stock in less than 15 minutes, only to become available again a few hours later. iOS users can take advantage of the whohas.it app and be notified via a mobile alert when the Wii U becomes in stock again.
The Wii U Basic set includes 8GB of storage for $300, and the Wii U Deluxe set includes 32GB of storage for $350. Some exclusive bundle deals include an 8GB Wii U console and a copy of the popular Super Mario Bros. U for $359, or a 32GB model with copy of Super Mario Bros. for $409. There is also a Wii U "Gamer Bundle" option for both the Basic and Deluxe models. You can compare prices and check for Wii U avilability by visting and "following" the whohas.it Wii U product tracker.