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statement was retracted by Nintendo.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.