With no new competing hardware this year from Microsoft (MSFT) or Sony (SNE), Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Wii U appears poised to be a holiday hit. IGN noted that the $349.99 Wii U Deluxe Set, which includes a 32GB black console and GamePad, GamePad cradle, GamePad stand, console stand, sensor bar, controller adapter, console adapter, HDMI cable and NintendoLand is already sold out at several major U.S. retails. Gamers who didn’t get their preorders in when stores started accepting them last Thursday might want to avoid GameStop (GME) , Best Buy (BBY), Sears (SHLD), Toys R Us and Walmart (WMT) as supplies have been depleted. There is still the off chance that those retailers might get more stock (some of the stores listed still have Basic Sets available), but early indications suggest there could be a Wii U shortage come November 18th.


Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.