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More Wii consoles than ever, but still hard to find, says Nintendo

After one year since the launch of the Wii, Nintendo is unable to keep up with customer demand. While some conspiracy theorists believe that Nintendo may be creating a shortage as a sales tactic, it’s more plausible the game maker underestimated demand for the Wii.

With the hot holiday buying season here, Nintendo fully knows that demand for its Wii console is higher than ever. Speaking to Next-Gen, Nintendo marketing chief George Harrison said that production rate of Wii is now greater than ever.

“We’re at a rate now worldwide of about 1.8 million Wiis produced every month, and that’s going to sustain itself until we get on top of this,” said Harrison. “We’re trying to make decisions on almost a weekly basis about which market to ship the product to, because in Japan it’s a big success, and same in Europe ... It’s almost an embarrassment of opportunity in terms of where to place those Wii hardware units.”

Despite injecting 1.8 million Wiis into the market every month, don’t expect the console to be easily seen sitting idly on retailer shelves. “We’re still expecting some shortages in December,” revealed Harrison. “So even though we’ll be selling everything we can get, we’ll continue full-blast with our outreach through PR, and through paid advertising and other things.”

This isn’t the first time Nintendo has warned the public of potential supply shortfalls, as the company’s American president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a previous story that “it is still going to be difficult to get your hands on the Wii” this holiday season.

The Wii isn’t the only system that Nintendo is selling with super impressive numbers – the DS handheld is just behind the Wii in monthly sales in the U.S. “For DS, we think there’s still a huge amount of potential left. We’re barely at half of the life-to-date sales that we achieved on our last generation of Game Boy,” Harrison added.

The Wii and DS are the top two selling consoles in the U.S. throughout October, selling 519,000 and 458,000 units.

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RE: The Real Shortage
By kinnoch on 11/19/2007 7:41:07 PM , Rating: 2
Some games are very gimicky, but many games use the wiimote correctly. Wii Galaxy is a great example of good wiimote usage. It really plays like any other console game, you use the direction stick to move and a couple buttons to perform some moves. However, the wii'mote allows easy access to some other controls. A quick shake will cause you to do a spin attack. I find using a quick shake as a button click is much more convenient than having to know the location of another tiny button. Also, the pointing feature allows for some unique game play features.

RE: The Real Shortage
By GoodBytes on 11/19/2007 9:03:59 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not forget Metroid Prime 3 Corruption, where you can get a perfect head shot fairly easy with your wiimote from really far on a 27inch CRT TV. So far not even a high-end laser mouse for the computer can compete. Unless you play with the sensitivity during game play, or you cheaply reduce your screen resolution or wtv trick I heard.
And don't think your 6 axis is even better then a mouse.

RE: The Real Shortage
By kinnoch on 11/19/2007 11:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think the wiimote works well in Metroid 3, but it has nothing on a mouse. A mouse has got to be the most precise gaming instrument.

RE: The Real Shortage
By BansheeX on 11/20/07, Rating: 0
RE: The Real Shortage
By BansheeX on 11/21/2007 2:02:00 AM , Rating: 2
Unbelievable that this would get rated down. What am I going to have to do, make a youtube video and show you people? You've got to be kidding me.

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