Nintendo’s Wii video game system hit Japanese stores Saturday with long lineups and shortages, following its sellout U.S. launch last month.
More than 3,000 people braved frosty weather to line up at downtown Tokyo electronics retailer Bic Camera, hoping to get their hands on the console, said store spokeswoman Naoko Ito.
The store started turning people away at 5:40 a.m. local time — more than an hour before doors opened — and Wiis were sold out “for the foreseeable future,” Ito said.
Earlier, crowd-control staff at the store, trying to avoid a stampede, used megaphones to urge shoppers to stop pushing.
Short supplies were reported elsewhere in the capital.