Coming up to its second Christmas, the Nintendo Wii is still in short supply in some markets, including the US and the UK. And while electronics products are supposed to fall in price - like Apple's iPhone and Sony's PlayStation 3 - the Wii has got more expensive.
"According to website and online retailer I4U, the best price for a Wii last December was US $476.11 (£230). This year it's $538.80 ," reports the games blog, Kotaku. "Third-party Amazon sellers are asking $548, and it's possible to get a Wii on eBay for around $400. Of course, if you can find one in stores, the machine costs $249."
In hardware terms, the Wii is little more than a souped-up GameCube, plus its revolutionary motion-sensitive controller. It could be sold for about £150 in the UK, but Nintendo charges £180. Go to Amazon.co.uk for a deal, however, and you'll find that new prices from resellers are between £285 and £300. Worse, there are used consoles at £388.50 to £399.99.