You’d think that Nintendo would have caught up to the Wii demand by the time the holiday season rolls around in December, but their senior vice president of marketing, George Harrison says that there’s no guarantee. In fact, he says that the consoles will be scarce this holiday season. Scarce?! That’s what he said.
It’s hard for me to believe that one entire year after launch and the Wiis will still be a hard-to-find item. Harrison went on to say, “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.”I know some of you can vouch for this too.
For those of you who have managed to get your hands on a console, get ready for 100 new games by the end of the year! And of course along with those games will come more accessories. The one I’m most excited about (assuming I eventually get a Wii) is “The Wii Wheel” to go along with Mario Kart for Wii, of course! I’ve always been a Mario Kart fan, and the Wii Wheel would probably actually be pretty nifty. Two more accessories include a “balance board” which will be used for fitness and exercise activities, and the “Wii Zapper” for shooting games.
While Microsoft is leading the pack with the amount of consoles sold-to-date (they had a head-start though), the Wii is catching up. Nintendo of America’s President even made the prediction at E3 (video-game convention currently going on) that the “Wii is poised to become number one worldwide in this generation very soon. Nintendo is not a fad.” With that, I guess it helps to explain why the Wii will still be a scarce commodity come December.