During GameStop's quarterly conference call, COO Dan DeMatteo said that he thinks Nintendo intentionally caused Wii supply shortages,while the CEO described the Euro PlayStation 3 launch as "good, not great." More on console hardware sales within.
"I don't think [Wii supply] going to be an issue going forward, and-it's just my opinion-I think [Nintendo] intentionally dried up their supply because they made their numbers for the year," said DeMatteo in a Q&A session during GameStop's quarterly conference call. "[Nintendo's] new year starts April 1st, and I think we're going to see supply flowing.
"We were concerned about the dryness [of Wii inventory] in March, but it looks like April is going to be good," he said.
DeMatteo said that he expects the company to receive an allocation of Wii and DS hardware next week, and he's "quite pleased with those numbers."
He added that consumer acceptance of the Wii from both traditional and new customers has been "fantastic."
Since its launch in the US in December, the Wii has been a hard-to-find item on store shelves, although persistent consumers have found it possible to acquire.