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GameStop To Take Nintendo Wii Pre-orders On October 13

GameStop Corp., the biggest video game retailer in the United States, said on Thursday it will begin accepting limited pre-orders for the Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s Wii video game console on October 13.

The company, which operates 3,600 GameStop and EB Games stores in the United States, said a $50 reservation deposit is required.

"Due to extremely limited supply, we expect to reach our limit very quickly, most likely in minutes. We will not accept additional pre-orders at that time," the company said in an e-mail.

The company's stores on Tuesday quickly sold through the quota of pre-orders for Sony Corp.'s new PlayStation 3 video game console.

Severe shortages are expected for the Wii and PS3 this holiday season, as pent up demand outstrips the companies' early ability to turn out the new devices.

Nintendo expects to supply 4 million Wii units to stores by year end. Sony expects to ship 2 million PS3s in the same time period.

Sony is the video game console market leader, followed by Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo.

Source: Reuters

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