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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.

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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 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.

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