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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 clovell on 10/2/2007 11:37:52 AM , Rating: 2
Have you played through Halo 3? I have. I'm impressed with it. There really arent' many other games with the variety of vehicles, weapons, enemies, and friendlies - you don't have it in GOW or HL2 - that may not impress you, but Halo isn't just some cookie-cutter FPS like some folks would like to believe.

Microsoft's hopes to turn a profit on Halo 3 are hardly in vain - check out the latest sales numbers. And, the hype is there for a couple reasons: Halo put the xbox on the map. Plus, Halo can afford it. GOW will have sequels, so we'll get to see how it stacks up in the end.

I'm sorry - I'm just getting sick of the comments on Halo 3. I find it laughable that anyone can try to actually make an arguement that it is not a good game as if they were objective. Some people will like it, some people won't. Enjoy it or move on.


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