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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 Tilmitt on 11/19/2007 7:42:51 PM , Rating: -1
Hear Hear, crippled overpriced hardware with a frustratingly inaccurate control system.

I want brilliant graphics and brilliant gameplay. And I am hated for it...

But really, what is so wrong with wanting this? Can someone write a coherent reply to me as to why in your universe, good games must have bad graphics? The only thing better than good gameplay with bad graphics is good gameplay with brilliant graphics. Should we not strive for this?

As an example, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core. I`m not sure if it`s out in English in Europe or America, so maybe you guys can`t relate to this, but I bought the Japanese version and everything about it is perfect. Brilliant gameplay , amazing graphics, epic story, moving music. At the end I really felt so moved.

This is what gaming is for me.

RE: The Real Shortage
By Circle T on 11/19/2007 8:10:05 PM , Rating: 3
Can someone write a coherent reply to me as to why in your universe, good games must have bad graphics?

In my universe, the graphics on the Wii are just fine. Zelda, Metroid and Galaxy look great, in my opinion. Now sure, there are some games that don't look very good. But, that can be said for every system ever made. Galaxy does everything right, in my book. It has just the right graphical touches, in the right spots, and runs at a rock solid frame-rate all the time.

To me, the fun and enjoyment that the Wii brings is not in its WOW factor in the visuals. It is the way it gets you to have fun without caring about the graphics. I mean, I had to actually force myself to stop playing Zelda for a minute to actually see how good it looks. I didn't care up to that point I was having such a good time. No, we aren't talking Gears or Heavenly Sword quality visuals. But, for the world that Zelda takes place in, it works.

The phrase "Good Visuals" is a subjective term, and everyone will have a desired level in that area. You are perfectly fine to want that. On my PS3 and 360, I would expect nothing less at this point. But, the Wii has so much fun to offer, the graphics couldn't be lower on my list. I mean, Wii Sports is nothing special. But my friends and I have a blast playing that almost every weekend when we get together.

Fun comes in all types. You want Visuals, and thats good. That isn't the Wii's forte, so it just might not be the device for you. I don't care as long as the game is fun, so the Wii is great. I mean, I can't count the HUNDREDS OF HOURS I have played Desktop Tower Defense. Its just an online Flash game, and is just scribbles, but its SOOOO fun.

RE: The Real Shortage
By mmntech on 11/19/2007 8:38:50 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Graphics are of little importance. I've played many spectacular looking games over the years that turned out to be complete garbage. Or they're like Crysis where nobody without a $2000+ gaming PC can play them (at least at the level they're meant to). I do think the Wii's visuals look pretty good though, based on screenshots I've seen. So what if they're not cutting edge or in HD. As was mentioned above, visuals are subjective.

Even though I own a PS3, I still want a Wii. Unfortunately, over a year after they're release, there are none to be found. I saw one once in Costco a few months ago but that was it. I wish I had picked it up now. lol. Catalogs and flyers don't even advertise the hardware at all anymore. I think it's a ploy by Nintendo to keep stimulating demand and maintain the price, which should have dropped with the release of the 360 Arcade. Though I think Nintendo is going to end up shooting themselves in the foot with that tactic. People will just end up getting fed up and search for alternatives.

RE: The Real Shortage
By gradoman on 11/19/2007 8:39:26 PM , Rating: 3
Graphics don't mean everything?? Who would have thought!?

RE: The Real Shortage
By Tilmitt on 11/19/2007 11:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
I didn`t say graphics were everything. Great gameplay and brilliant graphics TOGETHER is everything. The Wii can never give both together.

RE: The Real Shortage
By Circle T on 11/20/2007 12:51:06 AM , Rating: 2
The Wii can never give both together.

See, I believe Galaxy does just that. It perfectly pulls off the cartoony, funny style that Mario games have always had. But it also kicks the extra visual touches up a few notches like we've never seen before in the series. Not realism, but perfectly in-line with its silly, bright, colorful style. And it does this all while doing more things gameplay-wise than we've ever done before in the series. It really is that good. In my opinion, of course.

RE: The Real Shortage
By robinthakur on 11/20/2007 6:24:02 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree, the first time I saw Mario fly through space with a trail of space dust behind him at 60 frames/sec lands on the ground with an earthquake like "boom" and the text reads 'Welcome to the Galaxy' I almost fainted out of the sheer wonderfulness. Those that bash the way just don't understand the situation. They espouse potential rather than reality. Potentially, the PS3 and Xbox 360 will destroy the Wii with their graphical might, the reality is that they are getting their asses handed to them on a monthly basis (Assasins Creed anyone? Anybody...? No?!?!? Money well spent UBISoft...) Thank God for Nintendo, and its great that now they have the installed base which the poor NGC never managed, they can hopefully get some decent developer support. I just want 3rd parties to do with the Wii what Nintendo has managed so far.

RE: The Real Shortage
By BansheeX on 11/20/07, Rating: -1
RE: The Real Shortage
By gradoman on 11/20/2007 9:33:13 AM , Rating: 2
To each his/her own, I say to you.

As for me, I enjoy playing SNES and Sega Genesis, and quite a few 2D arcade games on their respective emulators. I also still enjoy the previous generation of systems and what they offer and yes, I've played on a Wii and X360.

I'd say as long as the games are enjoyable, I play 'em.

Secondly, if graphics don't matter, why release a new console? Why not just release add-ons to the Gamecube? What again was the justification for me handing over another $250?

You'd have to take that up with the big N

RE: The Real Shortage
By Circle T on 11/20/2007 12:45:04 PM , Rating: 2
First, if graphics don't matter, than why am I not playing old games?

I don't know. Why don't you?? They didn't all vanish. You CAN still play them. And they are STILL fun. Hell, I just played some Goldeneye the other day with some friends, and it was just as fun as always.
What again was the justification for me handing over another $250?

That sounds like a personal question you need to ask yourself.

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