Nintendo defends UK Wii supply

The console still appears to be selling out around the UK, although Nintendo insists it has delivered on its promise of a "steady stream" of shipments.

While gamers will have had no problems getting hold of a PlayStation 3 over the console's European launch weekend, it is a different story for those searching to buy a Nintendo Wii.

The Wii was launched in Europe on December 8, with Nintendo promising in a statement that it would "maximise all resources for a repaid replenishment program to consistently pump Wii consoles into the supply pipeline." Right now, in both the US and the UK, however, it seems consumers have to move quickly to find one.

The only outlets where customers could get easily hold of a Wii seemed to be auction Web site eBay, where the console is currently selling at an average price of £200 (RRP £179), and the Amazon Marketplace. Retailers--including GameStation,, Amazon UK, and Game--were all out of stock at the time of going to press, according to online stock-checking sites.

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