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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 Wii sales, 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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I just don't even like Wii
By IMPoor on 11/2/2006 6:54:44 PM , Rating: -1
Maybe its just me but I really could care less about the Wii. Kudos to nintendo for turning a profit day one but I really don' plan on buying one. I know they have some good games but they are not good enough. It seems like Nintendo realizes that there are casual gamers and they can make tons of cash catoring to them. Most hardcore console gamers will stick with 360 and PS3. And at the very least buy a Wii as their second or third system. As I said Kudos to Nintendo for this accomplishment. I also believe alot of kids buy nintendo still, or have thier parents buy it. And the coupled with the low price will help sales.

Also am I the only one that realizes that 3rd place is last place? microsoft, sony and nintendo are the only console makers these days, right? But you are correct 3rd place and making money is better than 1st or second and losing money. Although it is projected that microsoft will turn a profit in 2008. Plus I don't believe the loose as much as we report when all aspects of revenue are considered.

RE: I just don't even like Wii
By sxr7171 on 11/3/2006 12:24:40 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah good for you. I'll be playing Red Steel all day while you whine like a bitch.

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