GameStop Closes Wii U Pre-Orders, Opens Waiting List

The Wii U appears to already be off to a good start. Not long after the Wii U’s release date was announced and pre-orders were opened, there were reports that units were already out of stock at several retailers such as Best Buy, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us.

GameStop also appears to be having problems meeting demand; earlier today, the company announced that pre-orders for Wii U are all sold out for both the basic $299 white Wii U and the premium $349 black Wii U.

To tackle the demand GameStop has announced that you’ll be able to join a wait list for the Wii U, but you’ll need to be a PowerUp Rewards member to do so. Additionally, you won’t be able to actually put any money down on the console so hold on to that money.

To join the wait list, GameStop says that you’ll need to put in a request in-person at your local GameStop store. Once you’re notified that a console is available for purchase, you’ve got 48 hours to pick it up before you’re bumped off of the list.

“Demand for the Wii U has been off the charts and we know many of our PowerUp Rewards members are anxious to get their hands on one,” GameStop president Tony Bartel said in a press release. “We’re happy to offer our customers this exclusive opportunity to join the wait list for this must-have item.”

The Wii U will release in North America on November 18.