Last month we heard a report that Wii U is facing shortages in Japan. This report has proven to be true, as many Japanese retailers are low or completely out of Wii U stock, and the Media Create weekly sales charts show Wii U selling only around 4,000 – 5,000 units per week over the past month.
Some in Japan have speculated that Nintendo is preparing for a Wii U price cut, but Nintendo denies this. More recently, Japanese outlet Nikkei has heard rumors that Nintendo has been intentionally restricting Wii U shipments because they’re trying to avoid unsold stock.
“In Japan, since late January, signs saying “Wii U is out of stock” have begun appearing at game shops across the country. That has sparked rumors the company might be about to cut prices, though Nintendo denies this. According to the rumors the company has also been restricting supplies to avoid unsold inventory.”
If Nintendo is planning to launch their upcoming NX console this year, it would make sense for them to slow Wii U shipments down to a trickle months in advance in order to avoid excess Wii U stock.