Will Wii U Shortages Benefit Microsoft & Sony This Holiday?

With Wii U hype now in full motion its become quite clear that the console is going to be on a lot of wish lists this holiday season, currently there are rumors all around the industry that the Wii U will face significant shortages with their product. If Nintendo cannot sufficiently offer enough supply to meet demand, would Microsoft and Sony benefit in the sales department this holiday season?

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LX-General-Kaos2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

They absolutely will If there are no more Nintendo Wii U entertainment systems to be found. That part is just common sense. Not everyone can or will sit around and wait.

But then again will parents purchasing a platform for their child run out and buy the upgrade to that said console the very next year? Especially if the price of that said console is much more than whats found on the tag of the Nintendo Wii U entertainment system?

If one is relying on a Christmas gift from a parent or guardian, how do you convince them to buy an expensive upgrade in the very next year?

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rainslacker2217d ago

Parents aren't terribly hard to convince to do anything nowadays it seems. However coming off the success of the Wii parents may see the Wii U as an acceptable purchase for their children, given that the Wii itself was pretty family friendly. I imagine if they don't see a trailer for Boyonetta's overly sexualized art style they won't be put off from it.:)

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Of course it will benefit MS/Sony if there are shortages for the Wii U. When parents go to buy a system and it's out of stock everywhere, eventually a crafty sales rep will tell them about the advantages and push the other systems instead. The fact that Sony hasn't dropped their prices this holiday indicates they want to compete head to head with the Wii U.

LX-General-Kaos2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

Yea you are likely correct. The Name Wii being stamped on the box will bring more than a few returning parents and casuals to purchase the console on principal alone. Some of which probably have no intention of playing anything other than dancing games and Wii fit U. Even though not my cup of tea, those games did an outstanding job of paying the bills within this generation. I am sure there will be some form of a repeat.

As far as Bayonetta goes. Hopefully those parents just sorta look past the case of that game when making their purchase.

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smashcrashbash2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

Sigh. They are only saying there are shortages so you will run out and buy it faster thinking everyone in the world is buying it out. They they will suddenly, magically get more and you will say 'Oh boy they just got a fresh shipment. I better go and buy it before it runs out again'.

@ LX-General-Kaos. Yeah I'll bet. I sure there is no way a bunch of people trying to sell out their stock would ever lie so they can sell something faster. But seeing that it is the Wii U there is NO WAY they would lie for any reason. It HAS to be legit.

@ ChunkyLover53. Believe whatever you want. I just hope people use that kind of logic when the other systems come out and we are arguing about if the shortages are really true or not.

LX-General-Kaos2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

Or maybe they just simply have not made as many to meet demand yet.

I can imagine creating enough Nintendo Wii U entertainment systems to occupy the entire globe takes more than a few waves of the wand. People see it as some sort of excuse but do you know what 400,000 Nintendo Wii U entertainment systems looks like all at once? I dont either but I can imagine that its more than one can ever dream of. (Analysts came up with the 400,000 not me)

@ smashcrashbash again..
There are a lot of people that love to be the very 1st to have the latest greatest tech. When it comes to Nintendo products I am one of those people as well. Look what happened to the IPhone 5.

I also do believe that other console manufacturers create as much and as many as fast as they can to meet demand. Their money is on the line, they need those sales. There are many people in the world that love to be 1st. You can even see that in the movie industry. Did you see the line outside of your local movie theater for The Dark Knight Rises?

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rainslacker2217d ago

I don't know if Apple is a good example to prove your point. Yes people do rush out to buy them, but Apple has held back supply of their phones since the iPhone 3 to increase demand.

I actually had a nice PM conversation with another user on here, and we conceded that either scenario could be true. I do believe there will be more supply than people are saying, but I also believe that there is a high probability that they will have a limited supply for the holidays. Whether this supply is limited due to manufacturing issues, held back supply, or explosive demand, I don't think anyone can say for sure.

I think it's going to be a good holiday for Nintendo, and for many gamers, and in the end that's all that really matters.

ChunkyLover532217d ago

Nintendo actually has had fires in Japan at a factory or two. So production problems could be a real issue, it wouldn't make sense not to have as many consoles available at launch as you can muster because they could easily sell 2-3 million at launch if they had it.

People buy consoles at launch, that is just the facts, even the Dreamcast sold well at launch.

Carl_Shocker2217d ago

Dont they ussualy do this with brand new consoles, they say they are running out so peope will want to buy it now rather then later. Its such a classic move for me I would know, I used to work at GAME for a few months round the time the 3DS came out, they said they were selling out so people would run out and buy one...and it worked

iamnsuperman2217d ago (Edited 2217d ago )

it is exactly like what the futurama episode about the eyephone is tring to explain (starts around 0:12)

The concept is create populariy and demand by selling less systems and going out of stock. Then on the day or day before release say new stock has come in. It is a cleaver business stratagy because everone wants a popular item. Doesn't mean the Wii U will not sell well but these going out of stock stories and shortages are down to this stratagy. So in theory it will not benifit Microsoft or Sony