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    Its Official! The Wii Is The Holiday's Hottest Gift!!!

    Im not sure if its already been posted but here is a article from MSNBC today

    NEW YORK - Each holiday season, a couple hard-to-find toys send parents hunting from store to store. And, each season, they're soon forgotten: Has your Elmo gotten any tickles lately?

    But this year, it looks like the gift everybody is looking for is the same as last year: the Nintendo Wii.

    A year after its launch, the small video game console sells out almost immediately when it reaches stores, even after Nintendo Co. has ramped up production several times.

    "Right now, if you work at it, it's not too hard," said John Lawrence, of Fort Worth, Texas, who bought a Wii a few weeks ago for his 9-year-old grandson. It took him some online sleuthing to find one at a local GameStop.

    "People have not gotten into the Christmas shopping mode. Once people get into that mindset, this is going to be an impossibility as it was last year," Lawrence said.

    With the Wii, Nintendo set out make a console that would entice people who were not hardcore gamers, and it has succeeded. Janet Presti stood an hour in line at the Nintendo World Store in New York on Tuesday last week to get a Wii for her three children, but it wasn't just for them.

    "I played it at my sister's house and I loved it," she said. Her household already has three game consoles: an Microsoft Xbox 360, a Sony PlayStation 2 and a Nintendo GameCube.

    The Wii responds to the user moving the wand-like wireless controller, while other consoles are controlled by a confusing array of buttons and joysticks. It also comes with an array of casual, nonviolent games that appeal to adults.

    Sony and Microsoft have cut the prices of their consoles this fall, but continuing demand for the Wii has meant Nintendo hasn't had to.

    Perrin Kaplan, vice president of marketing and corporate affairs at Nintendo of America, said the console was "priced right from the beginning." A look at eBay shows that Kaplan may be wrong: New Wii systems are selling about $100 above the $250 store price.

    Some of the demand for Wiis results from trouble in the toy industry, as well as the gadget's cross-generational appeal.

    "No one is buying toys right now because of the recalls," said Gerrick Johnson, a toy industry analyst at BMO Capital Markets.

    First, toys were recalled because of lead paint and dangerous magnets. Then, Aqua Dots colored beads that were making their way to must-have status were pulled because they were coated with a chemical that turned into the date-rape drug gamma hydroxy butyrate if swallowed.

    "It's really unfortunate for the toy industry, because the lead issue was starting to subside, was getting off the front page ... and then along comes this, which is totally outrageous," Johnson said.

    "Whoever thought that there'd be a day when parents say 'Don't play with your dangerous toys, go play with your video games'?" he asked.

    The console has been a tremendous boost for Nintendo, which lost out to Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. in the last generation of game consoles. In the quarter ended Sept. 30, it more than doubled its sales to $6.1 billion from a year earlier, just before the launch of the Wii. It sold 5.5 million Wiis in the U.S. since it went on sale on last Nov. 17.

    The stock market now values Nintendo at $75 billion, compared to $48 billion for Sony, which has six times the revenue.

    Nintendo has increased the pace of production, but acknowledges that it won't be able to satisfy holiday-season demand.

    "It's brand new technology, so you can't build it on just any line," said Nintendo's Kaplan.

    In an interview last week, Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer said the Wii shortages were "a little fortuitous," and indicated that the PlayStation 3 was poised to benefit from the situation. U.S. sales of the console doubled to 100,000 per week soon after an Oct. 18 price cut, he said.

    The issue of demand outstripping supply has dogged Nintendo with the DS handheld game as well, which launched in 2004.

    "We've been struggling since launch to keep inventory we finally have enough of that," said Kaplan.
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    Evidently, parents go for the cheapest thing they can find in the market where their kids will still think they're cool. Actually, is this encouraging more casual gamers? I hope not.

    It's great that they're selling more, hopefully more money will go into major releases.
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    Its only a shame that many people may not get Wii's this Christmas.
    The demand is still high, and the supply is still kinda lacking.
    Some will be happy, and some won't be happy.

    Might as well get on the naughty list kiddies

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    In an interview last week, Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer said the Wii shortages were "a little fortuitous," and indicated that the PlayStation 3 was poised to benefit from the situation.

    I guess they need all the luck they can get with the Wii being the fastest selling console of all time and all that.
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    Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer said the Wii shortages were "a little fortuitous,"

    you have got too be kidding me..... (for those who don't know, fortuitous means lucky) lucky? lucky?!?! how can the wii selling more consoles be lucky? it's what people want obviously.


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    I guess if Sony is betting that if people cant get a wii the next step would be to get a PS3. Thats wrong. I dont think PS3 has a solid line up and the only alternative would be a 360.
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    I am glad that the Wii is doing so well, but I feel sorry for the people who are still without a Wii console. I hope that Nintendo manage to cover the demand so that these people can get in on the fun and games.

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