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Continuing Wii shortage in the US - buy a PS3 or Xbox 360 instead

Gamer Blorge gives their opinion:

"Believe it or not, there is talk of a Wii shortage in the US again this Christmas for the third year in a row. Which begs two questions: Why is Nintendo still not supplying the amount of consoles to meet the demand; why the hell aren't people buying a PS3 or Xbox 360 instead?

It seems as though the Wii has been hard to come by ever since it was released at the end of 2006. The first Christmas was always going to be one where the demand outstripped supply, with the Wii proving massively popular, a popularity that even took Nintendo itself by surprise. But the trend continued over the holiday season last year, with many kids being disappointed on Christmas Day when they found an IOU instead of a Wii under the tree.

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ChickeyCantor3259d ago (Edited 3259d ago )

"I think we’ll have a continued shortage this Christmas."
Wasn't Nintendo gonna hold some Wii's for Christmas?

I think it's funny how he is wondering why people don't get a Ps3 or 360 instead...when there is a shortage.
You go try and convince them the Wii-mote works on 360 and Ps3 =D XD

Lifendz3259d ago

are getting a 360 this year. Parent is going to walk into the store to get a Wii and they're going to see the 360 for 50 bucks cheaper. Yeah, no Wii this or motion control but it's a console and it's in the price range for most people.

ChickeyCantor3259d ago

The Wii is selling because of the way you play games.
These things (Wii) even sell on a much higher price on E-bay.
360 Might have the budget price but it doesn't have the popularity.

360 will sell, no doubt.
But i honestly don't think it can touch the Wii crowd that much.

mikeslemonade3259d ago

How about all the systems will be sold out or in extremely low supply in the holidays? That was true last year so why not this year?

ChickeyCantor3259d ago

I'm not sure what you are replying to.
But I can remember something about Nintendo to keep some back for the holidays( because lots of people got disappointed, they couldn't find any on christmas i think Nintendo is going to prevent that year)

I could be wrong though.

Damn it i lost a bubble XD

gaffyh3259d ago

They said that they would have a shortage last year, and the did but the managed to pull double the amount of Wiis out of their ass to sell.

Final_Rpg3259d ago

The only reason I got a Wii was for brawl. I got galaxy as well, but brawl was the deciding factor. It's an OK system, but it feels unnecessary. I play games on it that I feel could have been done on the game cube. Oh well, keeps the guests entertained, they aren't really interested in the overall quality of games anyway...

I'll probably buy the next Wii as well, since I'm a sucker for Nintendo. I definitely prefer my PS3 to my wii though, but they are quite the attractive couple side by side. Though the ps3 gets a lot more usage I think its fair to say that I'm not upset with my purchase of a wii. It serves its purpose of playing brawl for me:).

I think the whole craze for the wii is because its so small and attractive. My sister likes it a lot more than the PS3. Because of motion control? No. Because of games? No. Because of technical abilities? Hell No! She likes it because it's "cute" and I think that is the whole reason that they are doing so well. Because half the customers are people that are buying it for the damn look of the console. It's become more of an aesthetic item if anything.

If it wasn't for brawl, I'd gladly trade my wii for a 360. Hell I live in Australia and paid $400 for my wii and $1000 for my 60 gb. I use my ps3 alot so I guess the price is forgivable. But the fact I can get a 360 for a $100 cheaper isn't helping me feel any less ripped off. Oh well, at least I can play Wii sports right?

ChickeyCantor3259d ago (Edited 3259d ago )

Not all people have a mindset of your sister.
I bet your sister didn't buy it? You got the console right?

" think the whole craze for the wii is because its so small and attractive"
No, only because your sisyer thinks that doesn't mean all of the people buying that think that.

The Wii is selling due it's motion controller.
That is why people like The Wii.

Wii-sports is attractive because its cute and colour full?
Imagine the drama Wii-sports would have with no Wii-mote.
Its the Wii mote. Nintenco convinced people with the Wii-remote.
You pretend your Sister is the only audience Nintendo is after.

"Because half the customers are people that are buying it for the damn look of the console. "
Seriously you don't convince a mass audience with "gameplay" in mind to let them eventually buy something "pretty". Just because its "pretty".
Your knowledge about people is just BAD. How old is your sister to begin with? If she still plays with barbie-dolls, well yeah what the hell do you expect from her?
There are also guys buying these things...your logic doesnt add up.

AAACE53259d ago

The Wii is gonna win this console battle! We as gamers don't give the Wii it's due credit. But we have all overlooked one very, very, very big point... The same millions of people who bought the Nintendo DS, are the majority of the ones buying the Wii!

We look at it as "POWER" will judge who wins the console war... but the Wii has seriously went in a different direction like Nintendo said.

Like I said before... we need to stop focusing on the Ps3 and 360 so much, and look toward a more bigger threat!

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ElementX3259d ago

I think the 360 will pick up a lot of steam this holiday with the potential Wii shortage. I'm not saying other consoles will sell poorly, however the 360 is at the magic price point, even if it is the tard version.

silverchode3259d ago

i think the wii will outsell both the ps3 and 360, and the ps3 and 360 will be neck and neck this holiday. i also see the psp outselling the 360, also a increase in ps2 sales.

funkysolo3259d ago

Just look at how many ads there is for people selling wii's for $300. If you wanted a wii you could get one for $300. I just bought my kids a wii and I got it at fry's. Fry's had the bundle wii, hd cable and charge kit for $300. If you go to craigslist you can finds hundreds of listings for $300

Johnny Rotten3259d ago

all 3 systems are going to do very good this holiday. The bad part of it is that no one from N4G.com will get a cut for helping to promote it.

outlawlife3259d ago (Edited 3259d ago )

by now i think it is clear that nintendo is intentionally producing less wiis than they should be and have been since the beginning

even though the wii sells like crazy by getting the world out that there is a "shortage" makes the urgency at which people buy them even more so

it is a shady tactic but has been working for nintendo thus far, i've seen many people impulse buy the wii because they see 1 or 2 at the store and think that they want one and should get it now because they don't know if the store will have it next time

nintendo is working the supply and demand game like nobody's business, I guess from a business standpoint you have to give them nothing but credit

Mahr3259d ago

"by now i think it is clear that nintendo is intentionally producing less wiis than they should be and have been since the beginning"

The purpose of a business is to make money. Given that they're operating at a fixed price, shortages by definition mean that Nintendo is losing out on making money. You're saying they're purposefully losing money in this deal?

"even though the wii sells like crazy by getting the world out that there is a "shortage" makes the urgency at which people buy them even more so"

No, it doesn't. It makes them consider purchasing a competing system that's actually in stock.

"it is a shady tactic"

If by "shady", you mean "silly", yes.

"i've seen many people impulse buy the wii because they see 1 or 2 at the store and think that they want one and should get it now because they don't know if the store will have it next time"

You know what a shortage is, right? People go to the store wanting to buy something, wait for hours or whatever in line, and the store *doesn't* have what they want. By definition, instead of spending 250 dollars on the system, they spend zero.

How nefarious of Nintendo to... make much less money than they could be making!

"nintendo is working the supply and demand game like nobody's business"

Yes, because *nobody* runs their business like that.

outlawlife3259d ago (Edited 3259d ago )

good job at taking what i said and trying to make it negative
all you did was reinforce my point

and your definition of shortage was what i said you just didn't get it

people buying the wii when it is there because they know that when they go there next time there may not be and there won't be for god knows how long, you can't disagree with me on something i've seen

on more than one occasion i've seen people buy wiis because "they don't know when they will get the chance again"...it is the same reason people pay inflated prices on ebay for wiis and it will happen again this christmas

it is the same reason people buy consoles on launch day only to sell them for 4 times their worth

a shortage sometimes does make people consider other alternatives but more often than not makes them buy on a whim, or pay more than they would because while other alternatives are available they still really want the wii

i also like how you discredited everything i said except the last sentence where i gave nintendo credit for their business tactic

stop thinking so negatively, just because i offered my commentary on the wii shortage doesn't mean it was a shot at nintendo, they are probably one of the best run corporations out there

try reading peoples comments without being angry or negative and maybe you would understand the point more

Mahr3259d ago

"people buying the wii when it is there because they know that when they go there next time there may not be and there won't be for god knows how long"

Except they can't buy the Wii because there aren't any in stock.

That's what a shortage is. The inability to buy something because it's been sold out (because the price is too low -- all shortages can feasibly be solved through a price hike). It doesn't refer to people who, by virtue of the fact that there's a last copy in the store, want to get it, it refers to the people who want one but are denied because there aren't any left in any stores. And there are *tons* of these people.

"i also like how you discredited everything i said except the last sentence where i gave nintendo credit for their business tactic"

Because I'm saying it's not a business tactic. If it were, it would be the most incompetent business tactic ever because it loses a substantial amount of money in the short-run and a vast quantity in the long-run.

"stop thinking so negatively, just because i offered my commentary on the wii shortage doesn't mean it was a shot at nintendo, they are probably one of the best run corporations out there"

I'm not saying you were taking a shot at Nintendo, I'm saying that the implication that Nintendo is intentionally creating shortages is illogical because that would go against several of the fundamental principles of economics.

Let's say one person walks past a store on Thursday, sees a Wii, and decides to buy it 'cause it's the last one at Videogames R' Us or whatever. Videogames R' Us is sold out until the next shipment, probably in about a week.

The next day, let's say ten people come by that want a Wii for the games. These ten people are unable to buy anything, because there's nothing in stock. Let's say they got in line in the cold early morning and waited for hours. These people get alienated and begin wondering if a Wii is worth the trouble of finding one.

Unable to buy anything, most of these ten people will begin considering a substitute purchase, which will be incredibly easy to find given the piles of 360s and PS3s sitting around, which are only getting cheaper and cheaper as time passes.

People buy what's in stock, not what's not. Given enough time without Wiis (let's say, two plus years) all ten of these people will eventually say "forget the Wii, I still can't find one" and make a substitute purchase. That's a potential customer that Nintendo lost out on, and customers like these *greatly* outnumber anyone who's just buying a system because it's the last thing in stock (which is, itself, not a particularly good criteria for buying a product).

If, Nintendo, however, supplies ten Wiis off the bat, they lose out on the Thursday impulse buy, but make a killing on the ten Friday people who just want to have some fun.

"try reading peoples comments without being angry or negative and maybe you would understand the point more"

It's not a matter of being angry or negative (and I apologize if that's the vibe you're getting). It's a matter of understanding how economics works.

Shortages result when demand (that is, the number of people who want a product) is higher than supply (the number of products provided).

Shortages alienate more potential customers than they attract, because most people go into stores with the intent of making a purchase, regardless of the number of units in stock.

Demand goes down with time, whether the product in question is sold or not. This is because as time passes, people decide to buy substitutes or they get tired of waiting or lose interest in the hobby. Meeting demand is the best way to make money.

If you don't believe me, by all means, ask any economist and they'll tell you: if you're dealing with a fixed price, whatever money companies get (if any) from having a shortage is miniscule in comparison to the money they could have made -- and as a result of the shortage, lose -- had they had a higher supply. Companies do not benefit from shortages, and sane companies do not intentionally create them.