UK specialist retailers pledge Wii U support

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Whilst ASDA, shortly followed by Morrisons, announced that they would be removing the Wii U from their store’s shelves, specialist retailers have vowed their commitment to the console.

Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s will continue to stock the console, whilst Tesco will continue their support “to the levels that its market performance dictates.”

GAME, HMV, The Hut and ShopTo all speak an entirely different story though, confident that Nintendo can turn the situation around through the software they’re delivering in the run up to Christmas and beyond.

“We fully support all Nintendo products, including Wii U. We’ve just seen very strong release performances of Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U and Nintendo’s digital offering is also going from strength-to-strength,” GAME CEO Martyn Gibbs explained.

“Nintendo has proven time and again that they are experts in the market. The incredible growth of the 3DS over recent years is testament to that and we are looking forward to their plans for developing Wii U over peak and through 2014.”

HMV’s Phil Browes confirmed that the Wii U remained in the retailer’s Q4 shelf space plans, with The Hut working on “multiple initiatives” to try to boost sales later in the year.

Whereas ShopTo purchasing director James Rowson commented: “We are in no doubt that Nintendo will remedy the poor hardware sales with excellent new titles for peak and into next year.”

Nintendo themselves chimed in, adding: “As we’ve seen with 3DS, software sells hardware, and with titles such as Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World this year, as well as Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U having reached No.2 and No.6 in the charts, we’re looking forward to the year ahead on Wii U.”

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After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.

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