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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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Consoles - still waiting for the games
By rushfan2006 on 10/1/2007 4:32:53 PM , Rating: 2
The Wii, the PS3 and the xbox 360. I have seen (in store demos and in some cases friends/family that have one or the other), read (numerous adds, articles online, etc.) and heard (plenty of folks talking about the consoles these days) about each of these consoles.

Prending that money means nothing --- I don't see the draw to either of them being so great. Where are the games? Get something straight from where I'm coming from -- a couple good games does not equal good value in buying a console that costs from $250 - darn near $600.

Don't slam me as I'm jumping on your precious system (which ever flag you wave -- Wii, Xbox or PS3) I'm being honest here I don't see a slew of great games.

I'm supposed to shell out hundreds of my hard earned dollars, wait in line for hours upon hours, drive all over creation to find a store that has these systems in stock --- for what? The "honor" to play a measely 4-6 good games?

I just don't get it.




By xti on 10/1/2007 6:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with you, where are the games??

buttttt.....1 game was enough for me (wii sports) because my anti-video-game-girlfriend thought the idea of pretending to bowl over a margarita is her idea of fun, then heck $250 is the lesser of all the evils from a price point of view.

I think its examples like that that has proved over and over in these discussions why people do dump their money on this system despite the questions of 'why it looks crappy' or 'no games' or even 'mario again!?!'.

new meaning to think outside the box from nin.


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