Why are Wii waiting?

It looks like Santa’s sack could be decidedly empty for thousands of UK gamers this Christmas, as Wii mania emptied shops at the weekend. Over 5

It looks like Santa’s sack could be decidedly empty for thousands of UK gamers this Christmas, as Wii mania emptied shops at the weekend. Over 50,000 units were sold within the first 12 hours of the Wii’s release on Friday, but many hopeful Nintendo fans were left empty-handed, despite pre-ordering the console. Stores such as Dixons, Woolworths and HMV were left turning away customers, as Nintendo failed to ship enough units to honour the stores’ lengthy pre-order lists. Cue an online bidding frenzy on eBay that saw units hit the £500 mark at time of going to press. Some retailers shipped Wii Sports and Zelda without supplying the actual console – no doubt leaving eager gamers foaming at the mouth.There’s no word yet whether shops will be receiving more units before Christmas, although most have suggested that it will be January before we see a stream of Wii on our shores again (sorry).

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