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Nintendo plans to boost Wii production

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has promised that production was being boosted to increase deliveries by next month: "We must do our best to fix this abnormal lack of stock. We have not been able to properly foresee demand. We will do our best to offer the machine for those who are waiting." Iwata refused to disclose the monthly production capacity for the Wii, and said it was too early to say by how much the production was being raised. But he said efforts were under way to increase production, and more machines will get delivered to stores around the world. Nintendo is planning to sell 14 million Wii machines for the current fiscal year through March 2008, having sold 5.84 million Wii consoles worldwide in the five months since its release late last year.

Nintendo also has a big hit in the DS, selling more than 40 million since its launch in late 2004. The machine comes with a touch panel, introducing new easy-to-play games such as raising a dog that players can pet on the screen. Nintendo expects sales of 22 million more DS machines this fiscal year. Iwata said Nintendo is now producing 2.5 million DS machines a month to meet bursting demand, the highest production ever for a Nintendo game machine.

News source: Yahoo! News

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