It was widely reported yesterday that Nintendo had begun the process of recalling the White 8GB model of the Wii U from Gamestop stores in North America. Although the source of the rumour relayed a message that Nintendo had asked for all units to be returned to their distribution centre by Gamestop stores, Nintendo have already moved to deny that the 8GB Wii U is being phased out at retail.
Polygon have reported that Nintendo hit back at the news immediately, as Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Corporate Communications stated:
“There is a current misperception about Wii U hardware… To clarify: Nintendo is working with its retail partners to simply rebalance the stock of the White 8GB and the Black 32GB Wii U models in the market. Consumers looking for either model will continue to find them available.”
The statement didn’t go as far as explaining the movement of units from Gamestop – as Nintendo say they do not comment on their retail partner business practices. This suggests that perhaps Gamestop have altered their own Wii U strategy – as the Black 32GB model has clearly been the more successful of the two – and to reduce their stock holding of the weakly-performing White 8GB Wii U. Or perhaps Gamestop know something that Nintendo is going to discuss at E3, and this is a reaction to that news? With E3 only days away, we are sure to find out more soon.