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GameStop offers a Wii bit of excitement

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The struggling video game category should see a much-needed boost with the arrival of Nintendo's Wii U.

GameStop is wasting no time getting in on the buzz by announcing that it has begun taking pre-orders for the platform along with many popular Wii U games, including "Call of Duty: Black Ops II," "ZombiU," "New Super Mario Bros. U" and "Batman: Arkham City: Armored Edition."

“Our customers have been anxious to pre-order the Wii U since details were announced at E3,” said GameStop president Tony Bartel. “Wii U is a great way to launch the next generation of video game consoles and is sure to be at the top of a lot of wish lists this holiday season.”

GameStop is also offering additional savings to customers who trade in their old consoles. Depending on the device, customers can receive up to $140 in credit good toward the purchase of a Wii U.

The Wii U will be available Nov. 18 at all U.S. GameStop stores and online at www.GameStop.com.