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Nintendo refuses to meet supply demands for Q4

October 1, 2007

hey hey, what can i do?

Ladies and gents, Nintendo sells alotta Wiis. They’re popular. It is currently fall-time here in the USA, and with it comes the holidays. And so, to pump up that Wii demand ever further, Reggie has gone balls-deep into his sack of lies to fish out this doozy:

We’re working very hard to make sure that consumers are satisfied this holiday, but I can’t guarantee that we’re going to meet demand. As a matter of fact, I can tell you on the record that we won’t.

The drought has moved from software but lingers on systems? Hm, that seems weird. Considering it’s been out for so long and, like Kotaku points out, Japanese Wiis have stopped selling (in light of FF7: Crisis Core for PSP), i sense a hint of first-hand sabotage at work here.

Playing the country like a fiddle, eh? Sneaky sneaky, sir.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2007 5:35 pm

    This is just total bullshit. Fuckin Nintendo’s had a year to address this supply issue. They’re walking a tightrope here and the only thing thats keeping people from turning to other consoles is the fact that the other two are still a little too pricey.

    Might Wii’s shortage help explain the fact that PS2s are still selling pretty briskly these days?

  2. October 1, 2007 6:19 pm

    Lower supply to hype demand. An iPod is harder to make than a Wii and iPods never run out.

    Oh nintendo, your so silly.

  3. October 1, 2007 6:43 pm

    I don’t know, I think this conspiracy theory of building-hype-to-increase-demand doesn’t have legs… I’ll believe it if suddenly Nintendo magically ramps up production as the Holidays get nearer. You see, there is a danger that Wii won’t sell as well in its second year once the better games start coming out on the other two consoles.

  4. October 1, 2007 10:33 pm

    Well then why can’t they keep up with demand?

    It’s not like they need blue diodes or anything. Essentially all the parts they need to make a Wii were around 5 years ago so it boggles the mind why they can’t speed up the production process. If they have to build more factories then goddamn build them already, because they’re making enough money to do that!

  5. October 1, 2007 11:15 pm

    They also happen to have stacks upon stacks of Wiis in Japan that aren’t selling as well as they are here. Assuming they manufacture all their hardware at the same plants — aka, their manufacturing plants assemble Wiis for all regions — they really have no excuse to have such a lopsided supply situation. The US has been eating up more Wiis than anywhere else, so they should dole them out a little more wisely.

    There’s also what Rye bread said.

  6. October 2, 2007 3:10 pm

    Their big mistake was putting region coding on the damn machines… no other Nintendo platform had region coding, so why start with the Wii?

  7. October 2, 2007 5:01 pm

    I forgot about that. Now it’s even worse.

  8. DrewMG permalink
    October 3, 2007 12:12 pm

    i don’t buy that they can’t make enough wiis. it’s a goddman gamecube with a wifi adapter and a sensor bar. the second that the wii becomes easy to buy, it loses that “it” factor that makes it so talked about by the media. nintendo is smart enough to keep walking that oh-so-fine line.


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