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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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This is FUD
By aos007 on 10/1/2007 6:38:43 PM , Rating: 2
I just came back from Japan. Every store I went to that could've been reasonably expected to sell Wiis had them in stock. PLENTY of them. PILES of them. And they cost only 25,000 yen, considerably cheaper than here in Canada.

Sorry, but no one is going to make me believe that they are unable to meet the demand. I chose to believe those analysts that suspect that Nintendo is purposefully not shipping enough to markets that want them in order to keep the demand and buzz high. They are especially keeping Canadian market ill-supplied, providing less per capita than to the US market last time I've looked at the numbers (which was quite a while ago, though). They were also extremely slow providing accessories such as component cables - it took 3 or 4 months for first party cables to show up in stores here. I do not feel comfortable patronizing companies that discriminate against customers in my country, so I'll stay away from Wii.




RE: This is FUD
By ChipDude on 10/1/2007 8:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, check some of the other posts about what is happening in the US. Lots of kids still want one and don't have one.

Go to your local Target, Bestbuy, etc. and check it out.

You don't want to patronizing companies that descriminate? Dude what kind of car do you drive? Where are your clothes made, shoes. etc. etc...


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