Awkward: Amazon Not Planning to Carry Wii U?
Well... That doesn't bode well.
Hey, Amazon, Nintendo? Are you two having a tiff? Can we sort this out? I know Amazon stopped carrying the 3DS a while back and never listed the 3DS XL, but that second one is almost understandable. All this, with the not carrying the Wii U thing? The neighbors are going to talk.
Well. This is what Joystiq is reporting, anyway, but if it's true that the Walmart of the Internet really isn't going to be carrying Nintendo's next home console, that won't go well for the first-party developer, surely.
Customers of the site who signed up to be notified about the Wii U's availability received the following stock message:
Dear Amazon.com Customer,
Thank for you signing up to be notified when the Wii U is available. Unfortunately the Wii U console is not available at Amazon.com at this time but please check back in the future, as availability may change. We do have the latest Wii U games and accessories available now so check them out. Thank you for shopping with Amazon Video Games.
It could be as simple as a razor-and-blades model of not wishing to sell expensive hardware while still turning a profit on easier-to-move software and accessories... except... that's not really how the console razor-and-blades model works. If I were optimistic I would say Amazon's leaning toward embargoing the Japanese manufacturer for its use of conflict minerals in its hardware, but last I checked Amazon carries products from HTC, Sharp, Nikon and Canon, who also fill out the bottom tier of The Enough Project's company rankings. So what's up, Amazon? Can't we work this out for the good of the military-industrial-entertainment complex?