Wii? Whee!

Maybe it was guest blogger Paul Kimmelman’s dissection of the Wii shortage, or your many-voiced response. Regardless: Nintendo is boosting its Wii production:

Nintendo’s president acknowledged Friday that the shortage of the hit Wii game machine was “abnormal,” and promised production was being boosted to increase deliveries by next month.”We must do our best to fix this abnormal lack of stock,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told reporters. “We have not been able to properly foresee demand.”


Kent

Bowling on Wii is great. It's exactly like real bowling except there's no bowling ball involved.

mojotooth

Which isn't to say there couldn't be bowling-like injuries. Carpal tunnel anyone?

matt nikkel

I find Nintendo's assertion that they are surprised by the high demand suspicious. In March Nintendo sold out of 259,000 Wiis in North America. In Feb. they sold out of 335,000 Wiis in North America. That's essentially a 23% drop in supply for a system that has yet to catch up to its demand. The numbers are similar for Japan too. Meanwhile, Gamestop's COO is claiming that the shortage of Wii's is intentional on Nintendo's part. I'm not usually one for conspiracy theories, but the numbers here just don't add up.

markkkk

It's odd. The Wii is widely available here in Australia, despite its popularity. Why the difference between the two countries?

aljones15

Just to back up Mark's assertion, in Taiwan and Thailand (and even when I was in Lao last week) the Wii was available everywhere... and also in Singapore and Malaysia. Here in Bangkok it's all over the place (as is the 360). Perhaps the problem is the Wii is only selling well in the U.S. and Japan? This is similar to the 360 problem where there was a shortage, but you could find them anywhere in Japan. I might add that the price for Wiis in Taiwan and Thailand is much higher than the official price, hence I think they're imported here.

aljones15

BTW the Wii does have a region lock, so you can't buy a Japanese or Asian unit and use it in the US although strangely the units in Bangkok seem to have been cracked already (PS2s here come with mod-chips already installed) and are being sold with both Japanese and American games.

no way out

These wii's were impossible to get when they first came out. I had to wait in line for ever!(3am to 8am). It turned out the target I was at only had 14 wii's, and I was number 14... HAHAHA lucky me..

questions

Is it ethical for a university professor to write and publish a non-scholarly article?

questions

Motorolla to be bought by Sony Ericsson, is this just another marketing gimmick, which hides the reality, that Motorolla is an inefficient company.

questions

Ford and Nazi Germany. Chrysler and Daimler Benz, General Motors and Great American Streetcar Scandal, opinion here is light rail is environmentally friendly, economical, and efficient.

Vincent Clement

Why is it every discussion board has at least one resident loony?

Kent

Why does every discussion board have one guy that must resort to ad hominem attacks ("resident loony") once it becomes apparent he'll lose a debate on purely logical terms?

bjoerges

I still assert that my comment left in the original post is accurate to a potential reason.

"...fix this abnormal lack of supply."

Fixes:
Eliminate "lack": Increase supply to meet demand or become surplus
Eliminate "abnormal": Make normal. i.e. 5 Months of "Shortage" making public perception that the Wii is still a must-have!
Eliminate "supply": Ignore the market.

The path of least resistance is to eliminate "abnormal" (not "supply" because ignoring the market would mean not sending previously promised orders, then having to explain why when trying to get new products sent). For Nintendo to keep doing what it already is doing is awesome for them.

The longer they can hold out with the price at full original MSRP, the better. If they can keep the market demanding, it keeps the market talking. Market talk translates almost directly to future profits, especially from the generation after the Wii.

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bredbored

"The longer they can hold out with the price at full original MSRP, the better"

True enough, but back in the day when I followed the console business with enthusiasm it was generally agreed that the hardware makes you no profit; it was all made on the games.

If that's still true, not selling consoles (by artificially restricting supply to the extent being reported in the US) would certainly harm profits. Naturally no-one's going to buy profitable games for a platform they don't yet own!

Consoles are a fairly interesting market because the software which actually makes them entertaining is specific to each model. Many potential purchasers won't invest until they're sure that a sufficiently large number of other people will do so too. Otherwise there's a danger they'll be stuck with a lump of plastic with no decent software available for it, as low volume console sales means low potential sales for each title, and developers don't bother. Sega Dreamcast comes to mind.

It's like Betamax vs. VHS or BluRay vs. HD-DVD but replayed with three of four options, every three years.

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RandyfromCanada

who is the judge of what comment is looney ?

because alot of greta minds through history were thought to be looney by others ...

please comments don;t all have to be direct and logical otherwise how would l get to take my "egretman" shots...

lighten up have some fun pretend you are Canadian for a day forget your Yankee "best of the best image"

egretman

egretman shot = one part vermouth, one part vodka, one pinch guano. Serve in shot glass.

egretman

because alot of greta minds through history were thought to be looney by others

You just have to love RandyfromCanada.

felics

It's really depressing to know people are scampering in places looking for this well-beloved gaming console at present. There's no telling the anxiety they've undergone in order to find this precious item. But I think this is all over now.
There's a site SmartRatings.com that has a list of a number of merchants selling Wii online that I happened to know of. Stocks are still very limited but they come at a slow steady pace nonetheless, so it can be assured there are always sellers at the location. I suggest you visit the site so you can see it for yourself if it's worth buying the item from there. Hope this helps and good luck.

Kent

Bowling on Wii is great. It's exactly like real bowling except there's no bowling ball involved.

mojotooth

Which isn't to say there couldn't be bowling-like injuries. Carpal tunnel anyone?