It turns out that demand for Nintendo’s new console is beating expectations. Even though the Wii U Deluxe Set is priced at an expensive $349, GameStop seems to be getting a lot of customers pre ordering it. I personally went to GameStop to pre order one and found out that I came right on time. GameStop has set aside a specific number of Wii U Deluxe Sets for all stores in the US. Once that number fills up, GameStop will stop taking reserves. Apparently, I got one of the last ones available in the country. At first, I thought that it might be due to a low supply of consoles, but I was disproved. According to the cashier at my local GameStop, customers should have no problem walking into a store on launch day to pick up the Wii U Basic Set without a pre order, which comes with just the basics for $50 cheaper.
So it seems that rather than being low supply, there’s a pretty strong demand, at least for the Deluxe Set. There could still be a small supply though because they are selling out pretty fast. If you are planning on pre ordering a Wii U at GameStop, be sure to do so immediately. Otherwise, try other retailers or betting your luck on November 18.