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ASDA To Stop Selling Wii U In-Store

Jonathan Lester
ASDA, Nintendo, UK retail, Wii U

ASDA To Stop Selling Wii U In-Store

Despite the recent chart success of Pikmin 3, the Wii U stands to lose more retail presence now that ASDA won't replenish stocks throughout its 555 branches.

CVG reports that ASDA has suspended stock on Wii U systems, peripherals and games, presumably in reaction to sluggish sales over the last eight months. Once the current shelves are depleted, they'll no longer feature Nintendo's console in-store. It's possible that we'll see some stock-shifting deals soon, though, so keep your eyes peeled.

A limited range of Wii U games, consoles and peripherals will still be available through ASDA Direct. ""Asda continues to offer customers a selection of Wii U games and accessories through Asda Direct, but these ranges are currently not on offer in Asda shops," reads a statement from the company.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently admitted that the Wii U currently lacks "momentum" and desperately needs more first party titles, but believes that their fortunes will reverse once the likes of Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. hit shelves. Many UK retailers have already called for a price cut and for Nintendo to beef up their marketing campaigns, something they plan to do this year with several roadshows across the country.

Until then, there's always the 3DS, which continues to be an utterly sensational piece of kit with a killer games library. If you'll excuse me, a pidgeon wearing a knight helmet is popping round for tea and I have to tidy up [stop playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf and get back to work, slacker - Ed]

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Quietus  Jul. 29, 2013 at 16:30

'Killer'? Why can't I read the word 'killer' without it sounding like some ten-year-old kid trying to be cool in the playground?

"Wow, Callum! That was a killer no-scope!"

/me dies.

Late  Jul. 29, 2013 at 16:33

Ouch :(

Beatchef  Jul. 29, 2013 at 16:51

The 3DS has a really small library of games actually, it's just not as bad as the Vita by comparison (which I actually thought started off strong). I wish you could still rent consoles from Blockbuster, I'd love to play Pikmin 3 but there's nothing else currently to warrant a console purchase.

JonLester  Jul. 29, 2013 at 17:25

@Beatchef: It's not approaching anywhere near DS levels (though it's compatible with DS games), but the selection is a good mix of quality and quantity IMO - both in terms of physical releases and eShop titles. Perhaps my opinion is slightly slanted because the best games on the system are massively replayable time sinks such as Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem: Awakening, mind.

@Quietus: Sorry, that was neither rad nor bodacious of me. I'll try to be more reem in future.

@Late: Yeah. Nintendo's universal appeal should see them stocked everywhere, but as we've been saying over the past year, they need to pull their socks up.

Last edited by JonLester, Jul. 29, 2013 at 17:26
RiKx  Jul. 30, 2013 at 11:19

heinous! ;)

Late  Aug. 1, 2013 at 20:33

Rumours/reports today that Morrisons are following suit... :(

JonLester  Aug. 1, 2013 at 22:41

I wouldn't be surprised. Nintendo only sold 10000 Wii Us in the entire PAL territory since March, so to be perfectly honest, I can understand why retailers would want to free up shelf space. :S

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