ASDA have decided to stop stocking Wii U consoles in its UK stores, of which there are over 500. This comes soon after them heavily cutting the price of the Wii U (to get rid of stock, perhaps?) and just days after Friday’s release of Pikmin 3, which has received a lot of praise and entered at number two in this week’s UK games charts.
Asda continues to offer customers a selection of Wii U games and accessories through Asda Direct, but these ranges are currently not on offer in Asda shops.
Oddly, the retailer doesn’t appear to be stocking 3DS systems on ASDA Direct, either, despite the console (and its games) proving very popular this year. It does, however, stock the PS3, Xbox 360 and Vita, with pre-orders open for PS4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo refused to comment on “specific business practises with individual retailers” but did say “software sells hardware”, pointing out the recently released Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U, as well as the upcoming Wonderful 101, Wind Waker HD and Super Mario 3D World as reasons to look “forward to the year ahead on Wii U.”
Update: The retailer has issued a secondary statement to CVG, stating that “Asda will stock [Wii U] games on a title by title merit basis as they come along through Asda Direct. We will continue to support Nintendo as a format holder partner.”
So, it looks as if ASDA will be only stocking Wii U titles that they know will sell well. It looks a bit worrying for certain games, then.