Nintendo denies Wii U production lag after 'factory fire'

Analyst claims one million units will be affected; Nintendo says shipping targets will be met

Nintendo has told CVG that it won't downwardly revise its global Wii U shipping forecast, following reports from Japan suggesting that a factory fire has hit production.


Just over a month ahead of the launch of the new console, it has emerged that a fire broke out at an unnamed Wii U system assembly factory in Japan.

David Gibson, an analyst for the Australian bank Macquarie in Tokyo, said his company has downgraded Wii U's shipping forecast by one million units (falling to 7.3 million worldwide at launch) due to the accident.

In a Tweet to his followers, Gibson said that Nintendo will revise its revenue forecast on October 24.

However, Nintendo has issued a statement to CVG explaining: "As of now, we see no impacts on our Wii U console production scheme".

A halt in production of Wii U units would have been devastating news for Nintendo. CVG sources have claimed that the firm is already facing some supply constraints for the console, with retailers selling out of allocated stock due to strong early demand.

Nintendo has confirmed a Wii U release date of November 18 in the US, and a Wii U release date of November 30 in Europe. The company has set the US Wii U price at $299 for the basic model, while the UK Wii U price starts at £230.