Asda drops Wii U

Nintendo Wii U Launch

Nationwide UK supermarket abandons Nintendo’s newest consoles.

Nintendo’s aspirations for the Wii U have taken another hit as the Walmart-owned UK supermarket chain Asda has announced that it will no longer stock the console.

The store told CVG that it will be suspending stock on all Wii U games, consoles and accessories across its 555 retail outlets.

However, the store’s website will continue to support the Nintendo device, with a spokesperson confirming: "Asda continues to offer customers a selection of Wii U games and accessories through Asda Direct, but these ranges are currently not on offer in Asda shops."

Wii U sales have struggled to get off the ground, with only 3 million units shipped as of December 31st, 2012, resulting in a number of publishers expressing hesitation about future projects on the console.

Ubisoft confirmed that it had no intention to release a sequel to Wii U launch title ZombiU, citing poor sales, and explained that future releases for Nintendo’s device would likely only be multi-platform titles.

However, Activision-Blizzard recently announced that it would support the console with six new titles based on successful franchises, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Skylanders SWAP Force, Angry Birds Trilogy, Angry Brids Star Wars, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge and Wipeout Create & Crash.

“We're committed to doing everything we can to support the Wii U, which is why we're excited to be bringing some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world to the platform this year,” commented Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing



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