More than 250,000 on GameStop Wii U waitlist

Nintendo claims preorders at speciality retailer have sold out, with quarter of a million gamers on waitlist; $350 deluxe model proving more popular with preorders.

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According to Nintendo, Wii U preorders at GameStop have sold out. That, however, has not kept gamers from expressing interest in the new console. Company president Satoru Iwata claimed in new presentation that as of last week, more than 250,000 gamers had put their names on GameStop's Wii U waitlist.

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It was not announced how many Wii U units GameStop had available for preorder to begin with.

There will be two Wii U models available at launch in North America on November 18: a $300 8GB basic version and a $350 32GB deluxe model that comes in black and includes a copy of NintendoLand. According to Iwata, the premium set is seeing more preorders than the base model. A more specific breakdown of the differences was not provided.

The Wii U is currently in production and will be sold at a loss at launch. It arrives in Europe and Australia on November 30 and will be available in Japan on December 8.

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