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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 Locutus465 on 10/2/2007 12:28:16 AM , Rating: 1
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Everyone pits the Wii against Xbox 360 and PS3 however it is quite evident that the Wii is not a direct competitor. Households might choose between the XboX 360 and PS3 but most of them is going to invest additionally into a Wii.


Perhaps becaus Wii does not (nor has ever) cost the rough equivilent of a limb... X-Box has gotten better in this regard, at least entry level is around Wii prices now (and it shows as you never see Core systems in stock). PS3 still needs serious help though, even with the expected major price reduction it's not going to help to the extent that people will be likely to get a PS3 & x-box... I think people in these forums forget how important price is...


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