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Stolen hardware is valued at $2.1M USD

Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974Wii U is a hot holiday item which is welcome news for a company looking to turn around struggling financials and continue the Wii console's successful track record.  But this holiday some Wii U consoles may be hot in quite a different sense.

A Seattle-area warehouse, located near the SeaTac airport, was the target of a daring crime caper, which saw thieves nab 7,000 Wii U consoles. The system retails for $300 USD, indicating the thieves made off with approximately $2.1M USD (MSRP) in hardware.

The thieves rolled up on SeaTac's Seattle Air Cargo warehouse in the wee hours of the night in two semi trucks.  The thieves also used a third box truck, which confirmed to be stolen.

Wii U

Wii U
Trucks used in Wii U theft [Image Source: ABC News]

Gaining entrance to the warehouse, the bandits used a forklift to lift the pallets of Wii U consoles into the waiting trucks, then sped off into the night.

The King County Sheriff's office is not very hopeful that tracing the trucks will lead to catching the thieves, but they are hoping to maybe spot them online.  Comments a spokesperson to Kotaku, "I'd be surprised if they're still using that truck and that trailer, but we still want people to call if they see anybody advertising for any great deals for Wii U's on Ebay or privately, especially if there's a large quantity of them."

The Sheriff's office can be reached at 206-296-3311.

Nintendo had no comment on whether the console has any sort of remote theft-prevention mechanism when connected to the internet.  A number of intriguing launch titles are available for the console, including NintendoLand, New Super Mario Bros. U, and ZombiU, although some have criticized the launch lineup as a bit anemic (similar criticism was leveled against the soon-to-be best-selling Wii at its launch).

Sources: ABC News, Kotaku

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RE: Serial numbers
By lifewatcher on 12/19/2012 9:54:24 AM , Rating: -1
These things are becoming a tough sale nowadays, so it may have been Nintendo, who "stole" them, just to write them off. Thus the serial number thing - not gonna help :)

On a separate topic: they ship them by airplane?? Speaking of waste...

RE: Serial numbers
By Samus on 12/19/2012 10:03:30 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think it's a "tough sale" but I agree a lot of people aren't buying them because the initial reviews are poor, which is directly caused by online features that are not even enabled yet.

Nintendo launched something that wasn't ready yet. Apple Maps saga repeats itself.

These companies are under so much pressure to deliver products that most of the time things aren't even ready when they hit retail.

RE: Serial numbers
By lifewatcher on 12/19/2012 10:34:24 AM , Rating: 2
True, but Nintendo used to have a...sixth sense, or something, when it comes to marketing. I wonder if the tablets are stealing the show (at least for the moment)? Disposable cash is rather thin at the moment for most and the "must-have" item is a tablet. Or, perhaps i'm just full of it... :)
Here's an idea though - make a gaming console capable of syncing via wifi with most tablets. Then use the gyroscope/motion-sensor in that tablet (along with a small widget) to control the game :D

RE: Serial numbers
By lexluthermiester on 12/19/2012 1:12:52 PM , Rating: 2
Then use the gyroscope/motion-sensor in that tablet (along with a small widget) to control the game

Eff that! I am sick to death of touchpad controls for games. iOS or Android. Inaccurate, unresponsive and half the time poorly thought out. No thank you. I'll take a real controller over a touch pad any day of the week!

And The WiiU has had it's hiccups, no doubt. But I love it. Traded in my PS3 towards it. And it's not a choice I regret at all.

RE: Serial numbers
By Labotomizer on 12/19/2012 1:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
Bought one for my daughter for Christmas, mostly because it was easier to justify to my wife than purchasing more gaming hardware for myself. But I'll get at least as much use out of it as she will. Especially as the big time Nintendo franchises start rolling out. We STILL don't know what Retro has been working on, but whatever it is, it will be huge. I have no doubt about that. I still have my fingers crossed for the Metroid/Starfox crossover that was rumored.

RE: Serial numbers
By othercents on 12/19/2012 10:25:48 AM , Rating: 1
Disregardless if they are written off by the company, the police will still get a list of serial numbers to watch for. They will probably also get information if the device gets connected to the Wii service and can be tracked by MAC address. There isn't any reason why the police couldn't recover all the stolen merchandise, however it might not lead to finding the thieves.


RE: Serial numbers
By LRonaldHubbs on 12/19/2012 10:42:38 AM , Rating: 5

The word is regardless . Irregardless is bad enough; please do not invent another nonsensical word that means the opposite of what you think it means. I don't normally lecture people about their misuse of English, but this particular misuse is infuriating due to its commonality in both writing and speech.

RE: Serial numbers
By othercents on 12/19/12, Rating: 0
RE: Serial numbers
By karndog on 12/19/2012 11:02:04 AM , Rating: 5
Unregardless, he makes a good point..

RE: Serial numbers
By xti on 12/19/2012 11:19:06 AM , Rating: 2
reregardless, you do too!

RE: Serial numbers
By othercents on 12/19/2012 11:24:53 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously we have a disregard for the English language, but as always I will point to literature for my use of the language. Specifically "The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane published in 1895.

Yes, it is the improper use of the word, however it is commonly used. I'm still unsure how a post demoralizing the word is going to keep people from using it and in the grand scheme how that has anything to do with the stolen Wii U consoles.

RE: Serial numbers
By lexluthermiester on 12/19/2012 1:25:21 PM , Rating: 2
You kinda missed the point...

If you are going to use the English language in written form on a forum that is seen the world over, perhaps you should pay more care and attention to how you express yourself. Common spelling errors or perhaps a slight grammar problem are to be expected, but using a word in a way that is contrary to the meaning you intend makes you look like a monkey diddling a football.

And perhaps instead of reacting like a childish nit, you should accept the constructive criticism like an adult and learn, instead of insisting your way is ok, citing an obscure[and dubious] piece of old literature and getting into a huff. Grow up, do!

RE: Serial numbers
By othercents on 12/19/2012 1:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
I did... I said Thanks and obviously people didn't like that.

RE: Serial numbers
By lexluthermiester on 12/19/2012 1:54:14 PM , Rating: 3
Ah, but that "Thanks..." was one that came off less than what would be truly sincere. Again, this is written word, one must describe ones inflections and intonations to express the emotion behind them. If you were indeed thankful, it didn't show. Thus the rather universal reaction everyone gave.

RE: Serial numbers
By maugrimtr on 12/20/2012 10:06:30 AM , Rating: 2

It's been used since 1795. It's wrong, of course, but since it's been a common error for ~220 years I'd argue that it's a valid word nonetheless by virtue of being common. There are far younger invented words now carried in dictionaries.

RE: Serial numbers
By ernie295 on 12/19/2012 7:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
OK then, just irreguard what he said.

RE: Serial numbers
By lifewatcher on 12/19/2012 10:57:20 AM , Rating: 2
Well, fine, you do make sense. But, since i'm on this conspiracy roll, here's another twist: how about Nintendo stealing the devices from themselves to write them off, then putting them back into their inventory and selling them again, therefore not providing S/N-s to the police? I think i'm onto something here :)

RE: Serial numbers
By othercents on 12/19/2012 11:10:24 AM , Rating: 2
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." - Confucius

It is possible since Nintendo has an office in Redmond, WA, however in the grand scale of things 7,000 isn't that many consoles and the Wii U was sold out in many places. If Nintendo had overstock then destroying consoles would be better then reselling them and even then the police would be suspicious that the consoles didn't show up on the market.


RE: Serial numbers
By lifewatcher on 12/19/2012 11:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
Darn it! Are you ever fun? You and your vintage Chinese logic...
Yeah, the only story here is that SeaTac sucks. I wonder if they ship Rolex-es through the same warehouse?

RE: Serial numbers
By othercents on 12/19/2012 11:36:19 AM , Rating: 2
Yes.... This is fun.

I'm sure if SeaTac ships Rolex-es the employees who stole the Wiis would have gotten those too.

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