Nintendo Wii tops toy-shortage list

It would not be a holiday shopping season without a toy shortage, and this year, consumers are clamouring for the out-of-stock Nintendo Wii video-game console. For the second straight year, electronics stores around Metro Vancouver are out of stock of the innovative game system heading into Christmas, said Rick Lee, assistant manager at EB Games in Burnaby."They're just the most popular item in the video-game market this year. They're really hard to come by because any time we get them, they just fly right out the door," Lee told CBC News on Wednesday. Shoppers like Natalie Boucher and her whole family have scoured the Lower Mainland in a last-minute attempt to get their hands on one."We've called as far away as Kamloops and Bellingham in the U.S. to try and find one of these Wii's, but so far no luck," Boucher said.

Local stores are not the only ones hit by the shortage; from New Zealand to New York, the consoles are in short supply. On Sunday, shoppers in Florida lined up overnight for 97 Wiis that sold out in less than 30 minutes. In Vancouver, one Future Shop store received a shipment of 100 Wiis last Friday, general manager Mike Coghill told CBC News. "We had a lineup that started in front of the store at 6 a.m. and we had enough people to fill the 100 Wiis by 7 a.m.," said Coghill.

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The trouble with wii is the global distribution, while xbox360 and ps3 was focused on a specific market (USA and JAPAN), wii are sold worldwide.

I refuse to buy it till it comes in black. The white Wii just clashes with all my other stuff. I just wish nintendo would finally hurry up and come out with the black Wii so I can finally play my still sealed copy of Twillight Princess.

Gotenks98 said,
I refuse to buy it till it comes in black. The white Wii just clashes with all my other stuff. I just wish nintendo would finally hurry up and come out with the black Wii so I can finally play my still sealed copy of Twillight Princess.

Since wii is wireless (with the exception of gamecube games) then you can put on a invisible place.

Gotenks98 said,
I refuse to buy it till it comes in black. The white Wii just clashes with all my other stuff. I just wish nintendo would finally hurry up and come out with the black Wii so I can finally play my still sealed copy of Twillight Princess.

That has to be the worst reason ever to not play a game gawd I wanted a black one too but I took what I can get... black wont be out for a while..

It's not hard to have a shortage when you only ship 2-3 units per retailer. Wii sales are good enough to bring in Nintendo a profiet, but they aren't waht they're cracked to be. I know, because I used to work for a retailer who received Wii's on a weekly basis. How many Wii's did we sell per week? Probably about 6 tops. Because Nintendo is too cheap to send out more than that.

I'll be amazed at Wii sales when they start selling 50 or more units per retailer. Receiving 3-6 units per week doesn't amaze me.

A Wii is simply a turd glazed in gold. I would take an Xbox or a PlayStation 2 over a Wii any day. Even to this date they are still ahead of the Wii in technology. The only thing the Wii has going for it is the motion-sensor nunchuck, and it doesn't even work like it's supposed to.

If I want to flail my arms around while playing a game, I'll go outside and play football with my buddies. When I'm in my room in front of my TV, I want to play the game

Sooner or later everyone is going to realize that the Wii has about four games that are actually fun, and this madness will end. Most of the people that own Wiis played Mario Galaxy through twice and havent played anything else on it in months.

Keep praying they release Brawl soon, because the next year looks like a bleak desert for Nintendo.

It doesnt help, either, that Nintendo is very candid about the fact that they are tailoring and marketing games to people who don't even like games. This is the future of gaming: ancient hardware in a pretty white box and mini games with a bluetooth wand.

Unwonted said,
Sooner or later everyone is going to realize that the Wii has about four games that are actually fun, and this madness will end. Most of the people that own Wiis played Mario Galaxy through twice and havent played anything else on it in months.

Keep praying they release Brawl soon, because the next year looks like a bleak desert for Nintendo.

It doesnt help, either, that Nintendo is very candid about the fact that they are tailoring and marketing games to people who don't even like games. This is the future of gaming: ancient hardware in a pretty white box and mini games with a bluetooth wand.


Yes but.... no!.

you miss to say why wii suck and why *put your console name and i bet is a xbox360* is da best ;-)

Wii games :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wii_games

I got mine like 10 days fro launch at a circuit city, they received only 10 of them that day and i was lucky enough to get one.

All my little cousins are jealous of me because they can't still get their hands after all this time LOL

damn! Good thing I bought mine. I remember walking into a Best Buy and there were 4 on display...no lines..no nuthing! I picked one up just for the heck of it! Now, they are impossible to find....timing is everything!!!!

Dude just see the numbers, the wii is selling millions of them too fast, IMO nos even MS could keep with the demand if it was 360 the one selling like this little white machine

Different components are made by different companies. I remember reading somewhere that there was a part or two that is harder to come by. Perhaps it was the maker of the new motion sensor chips.

So whoever's the slowest link(s) in the manufacturing chain could be the real hold-up.

Actually the Wii is the fastest selling console ever and no console has been produced as much as the Wii in the same time frame. It's in short supply because of the insane demand, not because of Nintendo "holding back".

Exactly. They are selling a million a month in the US alone, let alone the rest of the world. They can only produce so many of them in a given time frame.

goatsniffer said,
Nintendo is really sucking it in the manufacturing department.

:P


It's most likely planned. When something that a lot of people want is in short supply the news gets around and more people start to want one. Glad I was able to get my two at launch!

goatsniffer said,
Nintendo is really sucking it in the manufacturing department.

:P

They're making almost two million Wiis a month... They're not magicians.

There was still one left on the shelf of a Zellers store here in Montreal (Place Versailles) right this afternoon, I bought it,

Pip'

All the Wiis are out of stock here thanks to the scalpers, but they're getting flagged off Craigslist as fast as they're posted.

Nose Nuggets said,
why are people on craiglist being flagged for selling wii's?

Because they're scalping them for over twice the retail value and CL users don't like that.