The Straits Times
Published on Dec 08, 2012

Hundreds queue up for Wii U debut in Japan


TOKYO (AFP) - Hundreds of people queued up at electronics shops across Japan on Saturday as Nintendo released its new Wii U game console, hoping to reposition itself in a gaming market invaded by online social games.

About 100 people were waiting outside Bic Camera's flagship store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro commercial district before it opened at 8am, with the number quickly swelling to several hundred.

"I have already ordered one. But I lined up to catch this carnival atmosphere," a 24-year-old graduate student, who waited overnight to become the first Wii U buyer at the Tokyo shop, told local media.

"I want to go home quickly to play the game."