Nintendo retracts a statement saying that 1 million Wiis would be available by the end of 2006

It appears that Nintendo may have been a bit too overly optimistic when it comes to shipment forecasts for the popular Wii console. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was quoted in late November as saying that Nintendo would make available 1 million Wiis by early December. Even more emphatically, Fils-Aime reported that Nintendo would cross the 2 million mark within the opening weeks of 2007.

Nintendo is now changing its tune a bit when it comes to Wii shipments/sales figures. On Thursday, the company issued a statement which read "Despite spot shortages in some locations, well more than a million Wii systems will be available in the United States by the end of the year." The very next day the statement was retracted by Nintendo.

There was no reason given for the retraction but one could only guess that Nintendo is having supply issues with the Wii. A quick check of some local stores in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area (a hot-bed for all things tech) shows that no one has the console in stock. Refresh Thing also shows the console sold out all over the web (with the exception of eBay).

Nintendo got off to a magnificent start in North America with its Wii selling more than 600,000 units within the first two weeks. That remaining 400,000 units, however, seems to be in limbo – at least for the rest of 2006.

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