Nintendo Promises Four Million Wiis
November 2, 2006 2:10 PM
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The Big N plans to actually supply the demand
With all the
warnings of shortages
for Sony's new console, Nintendo is sits on the other side by announcing that it will have approximately four million Wii systems available globally during the six weeks between Wii's November 19 launch in the Americas and the end of 2006.
Even with the impressive lot of consoles, Nintendo is expecting sell-outs and plans to maximize all its resources to rapidly replenish retailers' shelves as often as possible.
"Wii is for both experienced and uninitiated gamers, and it will be available for the masses," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "Because of demand, we're urging shoppers not to get complacent. The level of demand we're seeing goes beyond the ordinary. Retailers are telling us a significant fraction of customers pre-ordering Wii are nontraditional gamers -- people looking for a better way to play. And that's exactly what Wii is designed to provide."
Nintendo cites several sources for its extreme optimism in
, one being a new study by the Consumer Electronics Association which estimates a 27 percent spending increase this holiday season on electronic goods.
Wii goes on sale in the Americas November 19 at an MSRP of $249.99 (CDN$279.99), and comes packed with Wii Sports. A total of
62 new and classic games
will be available for Wii during the five weeks after launch. The American launch is followed by the December 2 Japanese launch and the December 8 European launch.
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11/2/2006 6:02:12 PM
No, it's because of the things you say. I remember when rumble was a fad everybody would forget about. PS3 is more likely to just be the fad device. It's a $600 thing that is looking less and less promising.
For $600, people expect a really solid product that works well. But we're hearing more and more reports of something people didn't like about the PS3 (controller, etc). It's not unusual for a console to have a couple points people don't like, especially at launch - but it's unusual to charge $600 for it.
The 360 was pushing it price-wise. The Wii is probably more expensive than I'd like. The PS3 isn't worth the cash at all. So because there is, as you stated, an established market for video games and hardware, the Wii will come out very well, if only because Sony screwed up this round so bad. Same thing happened to Nintendo with the N64/Gamecube. The PSX/PS2 wouldn't be so popular if the N64 had an optical drive, or the GC wasn't so...unimpressive.
Bottom line: if you think the ONLY reason people are buying the Wii for is the controller, then you could be right, it could be a fad. But there are many, many reasons to buy a Wii, and the controller will just end up as an interesting controller, not the console selling point.
11/3/2006 9:24:43 PM
And there are many many reasons to by a PS3 despite what rumors might say about it. The first handson is pretty positive allround :)
And I actually don't like judging it until I've touched one. Until then I want to be "Happy and Naive"-believing the important stuff about PS3.
Maybe it's because I also look forward to the Linux-stuff on it :)
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