Asda: We do support Nintendo, despite Wii U drop

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Grocery giant Asda dropped Wii U from its shelves in order to support more successful consoles, including 3DS.

The supermarket firm called MCV to say that, contrary to reports, it had never stocked Wii U in its 555 stores, and in fact the console was only available in around 100 outlets.

It also firmly denied that it was dropping 3DS, and has in fact increased its support for the handheld.

The company's games boss told us that Wii U will continue to play a part in its online offering, despite being currently unavailable. The machine is temporarily unavailable on Asda Direct because of a 100 price cut, which has caused the console to sell out, he says.

It's still a blow to Wii U. But Asda has reiterated its support for Nintendo and hopes sales will improve, although has no plans to stock Wii U again this year.

3DS current online unavailability is also due to a recent price promotion, the supermarket claims.

Asda added that consumers can still order Wii U online and pick it up in store via the firm's Click and Collect service.