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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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