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The Great White Wii Shortage

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Still having a hard time finding a Wii? Well, get used to it. According to analysts, it will not get any easier thruout the year…with the biggest fear being a shortage at Christmas time.

“Demand still appears to exceed supply, and we believe that shortages could persist through the remainder of the year, including the key holiday period,” commented Lazard Capital Market’s Colin Sebastian.

Additionally, despite increasing production up to 1.5 million per month, some analysts question whether Nintendo’s console will maintain long term interest amongst casual gamers.

“Its appeal is primarily to casual gamers, and there’s a serious question about how long casual gamers will stay engaged with the platform,” said Gartner Inc. technology analyst, Van Baker.

“It wouldn’t be surprising to see them lose interest after a relatively short amount of time.”

“The Wii in a couple of years is going to look like old technology with low resolution and it’s slow performance. People may not be accepting of that,” he added.

Despite this, a recent poll conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates clearly shows that consumer interest in the console remains very much strong, with 31% of voters insisting they will be playing their Wii’s in a year’s time. In contrast, this number falls to 21% amongs Xbox 360 owners.

The consoles sales numbers likewise compliments these findings, with a massive 360,000 Wii units sold thruout North America in April.


4 Responses to “The Great White Wii Shortage”  

  1. 1 Beppo

    Analysts sure like to talk! They don’t know how it will turn out, yet that doesn’t stop them from offering their opinions.

    Keep in mind that no one foresaw this much success. Also, when considering the comment that people may not accept old technology with low resolution and slow performance, notice that the Game Boy Advance sold 84,000 units last month (as noted in an earlier post here). Also note that 84,000 is more than the PS3 sold during the month, and the GBA is 10 years old! Also, casual gamers won’t care so much about resolution and shader effects — they just want fun and easy, which the Nintendo specializes in.

    I’m glad there’s more options. I’ve played several of the innovative games and really enjoyed them. I still like “traditional” games also, but it was refreshing to play some original like Rayman Raving Rabbids, which you just can’t do on other consoles.

  2. 2 Hobo Cheese

    Wii is obviously the best console ever made. Period.

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