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Wiis may still be hard to find this holiday season nintendo says...

Discussion in 'Nintendo Wii Chat' started by penguinphil, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. penguinphil

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    Didnt see this posted so.....

    Christmas morn without a Wii?
    Nintendo exec says Wii will be hard to find during the holidays; 'out-of-stock' signs foreseen.
    July 11 2007: 5:43 PM EDT

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Reuters) -- Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s hit Wii video game consoles will still be scarce this holiday season, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

    Nintendo promised that some 100 new games for the Wii, known for its motion-sensitive controller which can be swung like a bat or brandished like a sword, will debut by the end of the year. It also showed off a pistol-style controller and motion-sensitive pad for dancing and walking.

    But not everyone may be able to get even the basic console in time for the year's main buying season.

    "There is no guarantee that we are not going to have 'out-of-stock' this holiday season," George Harrison, senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Nintendo of America, said in an interview. "If you see one, buy it. Don't assume that you can come back later and find one."

    Harrison added that the company was ramping up production, but that parts manufacturers were still trying to gauge how much they need to produce to keep up with demand.

    "We're trying to figure out what's the reasonable monthly level, and as we've seen every time we ship product to the market, whether it's in Japan or here in the U.S. or in Europe, it sells out in a matter of days," Harrison said.

    The Wii's quirky remote and a relatively low price tag have made the Wii stand out compared with the powerful Xbox 360 from Microsoft Corp. (up $0.16 to $29.49, Charts, Fortune 500) and PlayStation 3 from Sony Corp (down $0.05 to $52.08, Charts).

    At the kick-off to E3, the industry's most important event of the year, Nintendo rolled out a number of new controllers.

    The Wii Zapper, which forms a gun from Nintendo's standard controllers, will debut this year and offer better play for shooting and war game fans, a hard core audience that has been secondary to Nintendo's focus on casual games.

    A new pressure-sensing mat, dubbed the Balance Board, will come out next year -- after this year's holiday buying season. The mat can sense when a person moves and leans, letting players head virtual soccer balls "thrown" at them, for instance.

    A steering wheel for racing games is due out in the first half of next year. Top of page
    What technology has surprised us the most?
     
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    Poor kids who asked for the Wii for Christmas but never got it. I expect they'll have few in stock in December but not nearly as bad as the holiday rush of '07.
     
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    This doesn't surprise me. And Penguin I love the strangers with candy sig :)
     
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    and i love that you know what strangers with candy is........i've seen every episode, and the movie many times.....
     
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    Yes I use to be a big fan of that show and the upright citizens brigade. Definitely where I found the magic that is Colbert.

    And to stay on topic...Yay wii.
     
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    I was going to wait till christmas to get a Wii, glad I didnt.
     
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    Agree! It's not gonna be that bad as they said because we still have 5 more months before the holiday. Besides, considers that Sony already reduced the price for PS3, Nintendo should play by ears because if it's gonna be so hard to find Wii, consumer might be tempted to switch to PS3 or xbox360
     
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    of course theyd say this, theyre the ones holding the units back.
     
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    That makes zero sense.
     
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    ssbb launches december 3, and a lot of people are going to buy a wii just for that(...in theory)
     
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    Yeah, this is kinda dissappointing, because I was planning to get a Wii for my cousin this christmas but looks like I better get it before then.
     
  12. this is like when the ipod came out. in retail at radio shack 2 years ago, we had to ship them through the store warehouse since we we short supplied in store stock. it was a crap shoot every time.

    this is really no different.
     
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    Man, I don't know for sure, but the Wii seems to have more momentum than even when the PS2 came out. Craziness! :crazy:
     
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    yes it does.
    how couldnt it?
    the wii is running off hardware a little better than the gamecube, its last gen graphics, if that cant be produced fast and in large enough numbers nintendo has a serious problem. and it cant be because of the wiimote or sensor, because wiimotes are easy to find alone and 2 candles could be a sensor bar.
     
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    This doesn't surprise me.
    A lot of great games are coming out at the end of the year, Metroid Prime 3 and SSBB for instance. Sorry for those who will not be playing those games, I feel for you, I missed out on the Wii last Christmas.
     
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    dam..sorry for the people who dont have one yet
     
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    I agree with Sovieto this time. Nintendo could ramp up production but they have more to gain by controlling supply. With limited supply demand goes up. Right now hype is keeping the Wii phenomenon alive.

    People desire what that cannot have.
     
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    true, we all have to agree that, I mean, at least I hear more comments about the excitement of future 360 and PS3 games from people than about wii games....yea we want metroid and smash and the new mario, but there are plenty of other games on the tips of the tongues of the 360 and ps3 owners....so it's good for nintendo to create a strong desire and make it a little hard to get
     
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    You are comparing the production of the gamecube to the production of the Wii?

    Don't pretend like you know anything about hardware. Especially not to me who has seen your lack of knowledge first hand.
     
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    Actually the technology that they are using to make Wii's is new... For the processor they are using a 90 nm lithography process which was the same as the xbox 360 until recently and the newest process AMD was using at the time. The die size for Broadway is small so they should be able to get a lot per wafer. For the size and power used you are getting some really good power and top notch technology.

    For production there's a lot of factors though its not as easy as u think to increase production. Ramping factories up to full capacity is the easiest way to increase production of course. If that is a fact, then they need to either buy more factories or give out more contracts which they could lose a lot of money if they over shoot the demand or if/when demand drops.
     

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