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Nintendo says that not everyone will be able to find a Wii

Even a year after launch, the Nintendo Wii still remains a hot item that rarely ever stays in retail stock –and comments from Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime indicate that demand will once again outstrip supply this holiday season.

“We have been sold out worldwide since we launched,” said Fils-Aime to the Mercury News. “Every time we put more into the marketplace, we sell more, which says that we are not even close to understanding where the threshold is between supply and demand.”

Fils-Aime adds that Nintendo is doing everything it can to meet the demand for Wii, and that “The issue is not a lack of production.”

“The issue is we went in with a curve that was aggressive, but the demand has been substantially more than that. And the ability to ramp up production and to sustain it is not a switch that you flick on. We're working very hard to make sure that consumers are satisfied this holiday, but I can't guarantee that we're going to meet demand. As a matter of fact, I can tell you on the record we won't,” said Fils-Aime.

In a previous story, the Nintendo president said that holiday supplies of the Wii will be “substantially more than the launch, substantially more than has been seen to date ... given the level of demand and given the fact that the more we put in, the more we sell, it is still going to be difficult to get your hands on the Wii.” 

Since launch, the Wii has topped the sales charts. NPD sales data from August showed the Wii selling 403,600 units, while the Xbox 360 sold 276,000 and the PS3 130,600. The Wii also became the fastest selling console in history in the UK, and according to several sources, Nintendo’s latest machine is now the worldwide leader for the generation.

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Wii EBay frenzy to come this holiday season?
By Adonlude on 10/1/2007 2:52:22 PM , Rating: 1
Well if this is true then maybe it will be like the release where everyone is buying them to sell them on EBay at rediculous prices.

RE: Wii EBay frenzy to come this holiday season?
By acer905 on 10/1/2007 3:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
AS i recall, it was the PS3 that most people were buying just to put on ebay. There were some Wii's on ebay, but at the time nobody thought it would go anywhere so few people went to get one that didn't just want to have one.

RE: Wii EBay frenzy to come this holiday season?
By Murst on 10/1/2007 3:25:37 PM , Rating: 3
There were many more Wii systems on ebay than PS3 around the holidays. Now, I don't remember the numbers right after launch, but once december hit, it was all about the Wii.

By acer905 on 10/1/2007 3:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
I wasn't paying attention around the holiday because of the trends i was seeing after launch. Within a week after launch almost none were left being sold. And not many were up to begin with.

I still recall the PS3 with a 1.2 million dollar bid 1 day after launch

By T3raYon on 10/1/2007 3:16:49 PM , Rating: 2
I just run and e-Bay search.
The "Buy it Now" price (you pay this and it's yours, no need to wait out the bidding) of a Wii package is around US$370 plus S&H and this typically includes some games or extra controllers going with it.
I would not call this price outrageous.
There are ~700 hits on e-Bay. not a lot.

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