Leading up to the Wii U making its initial appearance, there was a general consensus that Nintendo would have difficulties in supplying the new console to Europe. With the launch now behind us, it looks as though these fears were unfounded as Nintendo sold nearly double as many consoles as were estimated to ship to Europe.
The 40,000 units sold in the UK pale in comparison to the 400,000 units sold in the United States. Take that number with a grain of salt, however, as it is an estimate as opposed to official numbers from Nintendo. Better was the news that most people were picking up two or more games to go with the Wii U.
Nintendo contributed to the fear that stock would be limited: "Wii U stock levels will be tight on day one," said a Nintendo UK rep, "However we will be providing retailers with regular stock deliveries in the run up to Christmas in order to meet demand as quickly as possible." It's clear now that supply wasn't quite as constrained as was expected.
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