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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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RE: Industry's understanding of Wii is flawed
By Murst on 10/1/2007 5:05:17 PM , Rating: 2
you don't seem to understand that the Wii as a product has significantly different capabilities than the PS3 or XboX 360

You may be right. However, I use my Wii to play games and I use my PS3 to play games (when Mass Effect comes out, I'll have a 360 to play games too). I got each console to play the latest games that come out. Whatever other capabilities each system has do not really apply to me. :)

BTW, you should check out Metroid 3 Prime. To me, that game proved that graphics have much more to do with the developers than they do with system specs. Just be ready to be addicted.

By T3raYon on 10/1/2007 5:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
First: I'll certainly check out Metroid 3 Prime.
I agree - developers can really do miracles sometimes with visuals.
My point about graphic quality was the difference between 480p (Wii's max output) vs. 1080p (XboX 360 and PS3 theoretical max). Above 40" TV the difference truly noticable... ...and more and more people can "afford" those displays.

Based on your comments I now see where you're coming from.
You appear to me a true gaming enthusiast who has the financial source to afford all 3 consoles and you value more "good games" than brand loyalty.
It is perfectly fine and good - no problem with it and I guess all manufacturers are keeping guys like you close to their heart :)
Unfortunately not everybody is like you and many people is facing the choice: if they have let's say roughly US$1000/year to spend on a console gaming hobby how can they take the most out of it for their own taste? They need to make choices...
Here is where competition comes - in my mind.

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