If you preordered a new Nintendo Wii U from the Canadian arms of GameStop or EB Games and were hoping to pick up your new acquisition on release date this Sunday, then you may have some disappointment in your future. Rumor has it that the retailer sold more preorders than it has incoming stock and will not be able to fill all of its commitments on launch day. GoNintendo sums up the discussion from NeoGAF:
If you live in Canada and plopped down some preorder cash on a Wii U, you might want to check out your local EB Games. We're hearing a rumor that locations can't promise a Wii U to anybody who preordered after September 25th. Supposedly those people will have to wait until the second wave of shipments to get their system.
This kind of thing always seems to happen with popular hardware. I'm reminded of a scene from the Seinfeld episode "The Alternate Side" in which Jerry Seinfeld reserves a rental car, then goes to actually pick up the car only to find that the rental service has run out of cars. See, GameStop knows how to sell the preorder, but not hold the preorder and that's really the most important part of the preorder, the holding. Anybody can just take them.