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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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By ChipDude on 10/1/2007 5:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
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Looks like Sony has to do something! But it is funny as my local bestbuy still has a stack of 60GB sitting on their floor after the 100 buck price drop. If sony want to have any chance goosing sales then need to forget thinking that the difference between a 40, 60, 80GB drive is worth a hundred or two hundred bucks. The cost of the drive isn't the issue Stringer. Its the damm box! Frankly the average consumer nor gamer care that it comes with a Blue-ray player. Damm I expect I can get a blue ray player this holiday for cheaper then any of your PS3 models.

TO make the PS3 look attractive you need to drop the entry level PS3 to a hundred bucks of the WII.

Are you reading SONY? That is you need a PS3 model at 349 tops. Stop shooting yourself in the foot. Better lose a little more money now and get your volumes up vs. lose less now and lose the whole damm future. Wake up SONY/MS your high end graphics simply isn't compelling enough to justify much more then a hundred bucks!

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