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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11/3/2006 8:08:04 PM
the wii is not filling a 'need'
I think it is very much filling a 'need'; the need for some innovation to be brought back into console gaming rather than churning out the same old games year after year, but with fancier graphics and (for sports games) updated teams. You can only push the same thing so far, and the variety of games has been getting narrower rather than wider for several years now due to the increasing development costs involved, so publishers have been reluctant to try anything new. If the only two consoles this time around were the XB360 and PS3, it is likely we'd be headed full-steam ahead for a second console-gaming crash to rival that of the 1980's.
The Wii is very much needed to bring new life to console gaming, encouraging the creation of both new genres of games as well as bringing about a much needed advance in control of those games with its motion-sensitive controllers.
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