LOS ANGELES – GameStop Corp. (GME), the biggest video-game retailer in the United States, said on Thursday it will begin accepting limited pre-orders for 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.
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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. (MSFT) and Nintendo.