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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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I'd get it in two conditions
By daftrok on 11/19/2007 9:21:21 PM , Rating: -1
1) At least have DVD/CD playback its 2007 COME ON.
2) The NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube ALL had a launch price of $199. This hardware is in no way worth $249 dollars. Either make it $199 (not likely cuz its the cheapest compared to anything else out there and selling like crazy) or make it $249 and come with two rechargable via USB Wiimotes (and nunchucks).

RE: I'd get it in two conditions
By Circle T on 11/19/2007 9:31:33 PM , Rating: 5
At least have DVD/CD playback its 2007 COME ON.

Because I bet this will be the first device that will play them in your house, RIGHT??

IT'S 2007!! COME ON!!

RE: I'd get it in two conditions
By MFK on 11/19/2007 10:23:38 PM , Rating: 2

RE: I'd get it in two conditions
By on 11/20/2007 12:27:32 AM , Rating: 1
Suppose people just have a cheap 480p (or 480i) DVD player and then buy the Wii. It would be nice to have just one device for your games and DVDs rather than two seperate ones for each task.

RE: I'd get it in two conditions
By Etsp on 11/19/2007 10:51:16 PM , Rating: 2
Luckily Nintendo has no need to stoop that low since it's alread selling 500,000+ each month...Wired Wiimotes? Are you nuts? The major selling point of the Wii is it's total implementation of physical actions. I wouldn't have half as much fun Wiibowling if the wiimote was wired... I'd end up tripping over it.
Besides, you have any idea how cheap rechargable AA's are nowadays? Energizer sells a FIFTEEN MINUTE charger for $30 and it comes with four batteries. Another $20 and you have enough batteries for 4 wiimotes and a backup pair. Can be used with 360 controllers as well...

As far as DVD playback is concerned... yeah, that would be nice.

RE: I'd get it in two conditions
By daftrok on 11/20/2007 12:20:16 AM , Rating: 3
OMG I meant you can charge the batteries on the Wiimote via a USB connection (which would make sense because there are two USB ports on the back of the Wii). If rechargeable batteries are so cheap then why aren't they included with the Wiimote in the first place?

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