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iamjoe56 Oct 1, 07
They need to stop putting it into stores until the holiday season, and build up huge supplies of them.
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Hinata2007 Oct 2, 07
Lol, but then it might piss off alot of people.:-).
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iamjoe56 Oct 2, 07
So what? More people get pissed when one day they walk into walmart, but don't have cash on hand and see a ton of wiis and the next day, or even that afternoon they come back with the dough and they are all gone. >_> I think Nintendo would do well to market the wii like that. Build up large stocks and have designated "sell" periods through out the year.
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MicahWrites Oct 2, 07
It's likely that Nintendo learned their lesson from the Wii launch. They've probably got a warehouse full of a few million Wii's somewhere. They'll claim stock is low and raise the price per thousand to make some extra Koopa Coin.

They do after all control the supply, and with how they choose to control the supply, that allows them to control the demand.
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iamjoe56 Oct 2, 07
Micah, nintendo doesn't do that, because if that ever came ot light, as it would with the way people are these days, nintendo would lose their entire fan base. Cinspiracy shit just don't fly, sorry. Also, nintendo has no need to rake in more bucks like that. SONY on the other hand. >_>
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Hinata2007 Oct 3, 07
But holding off would be stupid. I would think>_<. Cause in the end they would have the SAME amount of Wiis sold.>_<
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iamjoe56 Oct 3, 07
Yes they would, but it also allows them to keep up with demand (so to speak) mainly because if they designate buying times, like every other month. They do not run into the same issues on distrebution.
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MicahWrites Oct 4, 07
Personally, I still beleive that there is some measure of supply fixing going on. It just seems odd to me that such a simple console (Google for 'inside the nintendo wii' to see some tear-downs) could have production issues. The PS3 I can understand with its Blu-ray laser diode, but the Wii is off the shelf parts (IBM processor, ATI graphics, BroadComm wireless and so forth).

Furthermore, with all of the choices on the market today (console, portable and or PC) it seems difficult to believe that the Wii would trump them all.

But if they were to hold out, selling only to select distributors, they could expand their market share signifigantlly by suddenly offering their console to more distributors at the same price, effectivly controling their market share and revenue stream.

Besides, tonnes of companies do that already. Just look no further than DeBeers and their strangle hold on the diamond market. Geologically speaking, the mining claims they have produce far more diamonds than they let on. That's why they see the diamond industry in northren Canada as such a threat to their controled market share.
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iamjoe56 Oct 4, 07
Forgive me for being the anti conspircay guy, but I honestly think Nintendo may not actually have the ability to manufacture these thing and keep up with demand.

One issue is the motion sensitive controlers, that is the most complex part and, I would imagin, fairly senitive. So making those may slow down production dramatically.

Also, the wii doesn't trump EVERYTHING. it is trumping the home consols, not PCs or portable stuff. Also, it could very well be that nintendo was not expecting the demand for these things, their last consol kind of got relegated to the "kiddy corner" area in the market, as it was bought by parents, for kids. Kind of like what my parents did. >_>( they were gonna get a PS2 but this was when they had those shipping issues). So perhaps nintendo was figuring on not gearing up to specifically manufacture the wii.

It may be a simple consol, but the workers owuld need to be shown how to build it. so time is needed before hand, and if they anticipated low demand, they trained only a handful of people to build it and are now strapped for need of these things.

That is my take on things. Disagree if you like but I very seriously doubt nintendo is going James Bond on us.
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Thomas184 Oct 4, 07
How is nintendo having this problem, doesn't make sence to me. The 360 is still seeling more units than the nintendo and they still have them in stock. Nintendo just doesn't want to produce extra WII's that's why they just make like (ex.) 30 of them a month.
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Chronoboy Oct 5, 07
Wow.This makes me glad I have one right now!The holiday season is a busy period and I can see why Nintendo believes that they will not have enough for demand.Production of a consol can only go so far.Speeding up production take a lot of effort and work.Nintendo is doing what they can though...heh,I'm just glad I got mine now! ^-^
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iamjoe56 Oct 5, 07
Thomas, Microsoft new the 360 would sell a whole shit load of units, so they put alot of production power behind it. Te wii, and nintendo, did not expect such a large demand.
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ssbmaster Oct 7, 07
people like nintendo alot
wii's are more popular than everything, more sold than both Ps3 and XBox 360
(not combined)
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Guest Oct 14, 07
I work at Northbend at Nintendo and I can tell you that as soon as sipments come in they go staight out to the stores.mc9er
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