US retailer GameStop announced sometime in mid-November that they had 500,000 gamers on a waiting list. Last week, the retail chain told investors that they had only sold 320,000 Wii U consoles through November and December. Well, it turns out that 500,000 people never put money down for a Wii U and GameStop probably didn’t have 500,000 Wii U systems to sell. Here’s what the gaming retail chain told Kotaku.
“Our initial allocation from Nintendo was not 500,000 units. We never disclosed that number; we only stated that we had reserved thru those units in the first 48 hours of them being offered. NPD reported sales of 463,000 Wii U units in the U.S. in December. That number added with those sold in November brings the LTD total to 888,000.”
“One thing to consider about the people who signed up for our waiting list is that they had no financial commitment to do so. So it is possible that they purchased their Wii U from another retailer.”
– GameStop spokesperson Matt Hodges