Nintendo promises 4 million Wiis by '07

Nintendo anticipates demand for its new console will be high due to nongaming crowd; advises those who want a console to preorder.

Approximately 4 million Wii consoles will be available worldwide between the November 19 launch in the US and the run up to Christmas. However, even with that many units in the pipeline, Nintendo believes several gamers could be left empty-handed.

Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America said, "We're urging shoppers not to get complacent. The level of demand we're seeing goes beyond the ordinary. Retailers are telling us a significant fraction of customers preordering Wii are nontraditional gamers."

Despite these warnings, the company assures customers that it will be planning for a "steady flow" of products worldwide. A press release from the company reads: "Nintendo is maximizing all its resources for a rapid replenishment program designed to consistently pump Wii consoles into the supply pipeline and keep retailers' shelves as filled as possible."

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_Sam_
_Sam_

and they are making a profit from the production of the wii, unlike Microsoft and Sony

sirvampalot
sirvampalot

Well they can't do any worse than microsoft and sony for their worldwide launches.

joestierman
joestierman

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ryanthegreat232
ryanthegreat232

Mall69- They mean older people, Or people who dont normally buy games. Im sure lost of those could be pre orders for christmas gifts and not people buying it for themselfs but if what the DS has proven anything even 80 year old ladies can pick up gaming.

rikardo10
rikardo10

sweet!!!! i kan finally play zelda!!!!, i kno the wii is goin to be sick man, i just kant wait!!!!

mall69
mall69

if a 'significant fraction of customers preordering Wii are nontraditional gamers"....how exactly do they know what @#%$ a Wii is? "What's a Wii.....?" "Uhh...I don't know, but i'm gonna pre-order it!"

Jatt_Warrior
Jatt_Warrior

PS3 + XBOX 360 = KINGS im just playin wit u Wii boys

ThunderEight
ThunderEight

Finally someone figured it out...if they want it...make it...and they will buy it. Hey Sony, look what happens when you do things the right way.

olthof
olthof

whats that i hear? ... its coming

keeperofgames
keeperofgames

Wow, maybe Nintendo will reclaim the throne this console war

courtez2k4
courtez2k4

The problem with Wii is that, like DS, it'll need to be enjoyable after the novelty of a new control method has worn off. If they can pull that off with decent software in the year after launch then Wii will be a success next holiday season as well.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

All this leaves me with a stunning question, will I be one af the lucky 4 million to have one in my living room next to my HDTV before 2007 hits?

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

As long as their replenishment program works then there should be no issues with getting a Wii.

Ced_Quijote
Ced_Quijote

GoodFig, nice pic. i haven't preordered... seeing that I will be busy with gears of war, lost planet and my studies, miss Z will have to wait.

GoodFig
GoodFig

Well, I'm glad I have my Gamespot pre-order reciept sitting in my wallet :) Wii, LOZ:TP, An extra controller and a nunchuc, im styling come release day!! Maybe I'll go try to freeze myself like Cartman to make release come faster. ROFL.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

at least i like what nintendo has done. they have opened up a new avenue to introduce non gamers and also brought back old gamers who were turned off by the uber monsters like the 360 and the ps3. and i also applaud them for openly admitting that there may be a slight delay in a steady shipping schedule and telling gamers to wait because of this. so yeah im getting mine when i can find one in a steady supply(which probably will be a week post launch)

nhlkoho
nhlkoho

what the hell are you talking about Javier? Red Steel, COD3, Marvel UA, Elebits, Rampage, Far Cry, Rayman, these are all going to be great games. 6 maybe 7 out of the 30+ titles are movie related and i'm sure even those will be better than what the 360 had or what the ps3 will have for launch.

Javier
Javier

Better wait for the good games...besides Zelda, it´s nothing but movie tie-in crap

Morten-K
Morten-K

I work at a game retailer in a small city in Norway. After we started taking down pre-orders for the Wii things have gone crazy. We have never seen such interest in a game console during it's launch period. We are sold out already and launch isn't until Desember 8th. I can't wait myself. Wii will rock you!!!!

internationaal
internationaal

Like some have said before: I don't believe people will just pre-order a console from it being on the Toys-R-Us list...if you do... you're a gamer (since it doesn't do more than play games). Or you've got way too much money. I still doubt the way the controller works for something like a FPS. On top of that, I basically don't like the typical Nintendo/Japanese games (mario, zelda, mario, nintendogs, mario, whatever). So I will definitely not pre-order one. If they get some good games I may want to try it out in a shop FIRST and then see how it works. And I expect that's how non-gamers will stumble on it. They walk past it and see people playing with it and think "that's a nice thing". Oh, and a note in reading articles: "Retailers are telling us a significant fraction of customers preordering Wii are nontraditional gamers" Is that 50%? 80%? 1%? And is that all over America? Or is there a town with 2 pre-orders of which 1 was from a non-gamer... (or in other words: no concrete info is given... just more marketing tricks to get free publicity on gamer sites and to try and get as many pre-orders as possible). I mean: the die-hard fans will have made sure they get one. And if you have "a steady flow" coming in, why urge people to pre-order... Just useless info in my opinion... (and no, I don't have a 360 and I'm not going to pre-order a PS3...)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I find it hilarious the way the people that post absolute crap, like addict3d-gamer's comment, have no knowledge of basic grammer or spelling. Coincidence?

addict3d-gamer
addict3d-gamer

wii is so expensive imo.do u know why? its so abvious.its just a game cube. dont go and buy a console just because of a controller that you cant hold it in ur hands for long time.

GrimBee
GrimBee

microsoft make their cash from software with the 360 they can adapt their software ot the pc and make profit that way sony however cant, and only depend on microsoft software on their viaos. The 360 has ipod support, the ps3 doesnt and probably will have walkman support. Out of M$ and $ony, i think M$ will profit more. Because the divisions of sony are seperate.

amurphy245
amurphy245

if the wii outsells 360 and ps3 microsoft and sony will be banging their head for not making profitable consoles.

spacemonkey
spacemonkey

Quick math: 2 million Wii at $250 = $500 million 400,000 PS3 at $600 = $240 million Granted not every ps3 will be the $600 version and the Wii might be more or less in europe and japan. That is just straight revenue.... plus Nintendo makes a profit from every one sold verses a loss from Sony. Nintendo will be rolling in the money this year....

roareh
roareh

the ds had a very slow start to its incredible success, as for the wii, it all depends if it can catch on...looks like a very good start. i hope things turn out good!

saugh
saugh

Oh dear, thats a major problem for me given I was planning on getting one at Christmas, and pre-orders are already full...

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

Nintendo will make a lot of money cause they are smart. But I'm wondering what will happen with the Wii in the long run.

wild_world_girl
wild_world_girl

FTA: "Nintendo believes several gamers could be left empty-handed. " Several? That's optimistic - I'd imagine there will be several hundred-thousand left empty-handed looking for PS3s.

bobreturns
bobreturns

i still need to do mine oh w8 santa makes em lol

Proman84
Proman84

Guess this is a good sign for Nintendo and it's investors. Expect Nintendo stock to go up.

Sheiko
Sheiko

When you break it down it still will be in high demand. Expect Lots of flogging on Ebay.

Disciple_Gamer
Disciple_Gamer

The big question is how will nintendo wii fair after the holidays?

aashkii
aashkii

Wii will dominate the industry, giving Nintendo its glory back that Sony took away from them. Viva la Wii!

encryptkeeper
encryptkeeper

I'm gonna camp out in front of Target the night before if I have to.

syxpack
syxpack

"Mr_Bodywave Yeah--"nontraditional gamers"--right--and just how would a nontraditional gamer know about the Wii. There hasn't been enough advertising or anything to really get to these magical nontraditional gamers. You are NOT going to get "nontraditional gamers" to pony up $250 for a preorder of a game console. If they are preordering a $250 game console--they are a gamer." Mr_Bodywave Maybe they are advertising in "non-traditional" places...

morororo
morororo

Gribb85: No need to be a bellend mate. My mate works in HMV and I dont have to pay 30 quid deposit unless absolutely necessary. I live in essex so most people wont bother with the Wii cause they are too stupid so there will be plenty to go around. If I have to then I'll go pay the 30 quid. He hasnt mentioned anything about not pre ordering the PS3 but he has put my name and his down on the computer. I havent official pre ordered anything, my friend has just put me right at the top of the list for the Wii, put my name down as soon as they came on the system. Just cause you're "head" of games in your shop doesnt mean you have to get high and mighty, you fart monkey. I was head of games in our HMV last year when I worked there but you dont see me being a douche, you douche.

big_bad_byron
big_bad_byron

I'll buy it when it comes down in price, sometimes next year.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Mr_Bodywave The minute Toys R us put it on their hot toys of 2006, everyone knew about it. It is the first console to ever make that list, so people took notice. I've had plenty of people I work with ask me about it since they know I'm a gamer. KingofTrolls I'm sorry you live in Hawaii, because that's the only place that had the "trade-in credit only" deal. And that was over a month ago almost. Or mabybe you live in Europe? Either quit lying or go to another store. My store took cash just fine. Anybody else smell fanboy?

feryl06
feryl06

I think the big winner this holiday will be the Wii, especially if there will be more Wii's then PS3s and both are selling like hotcakes!

Mr_Bodywave
Mr_Bodywave

Yeah--"nontraditional gamers"--right--and just how would a nontraditional gamer know about the Wii. There hasn't been enough advertising or anything to really get to these magical nontraditional gamers. You are NOT going to get "nontraditional gamers" to pony up $250 for a preorder of a game console. If they are preordering a $250 game console--they are a gamer.

Gribb85
Gribb85

morororo your a loser and going to hell... For the rest of you don't listen to this fart monkey, hmv aren't taking pre orders for PS3 and the wii is at £30 deposit and we still don't guarrantee a console on launch day, despite being at number 2(I'm head of games in the Knightsbridge store). So get a pre-order if you want one but if not wait a week or so and pick up a wii then.

morororo
morororo

I pre-ordered my Wii at HMV no problem and 2 PS3's too, one for me and one to sell to some desperate mug who didnt pre-order. I didnt have to pay any deposit or anything like that either. I am second on the list for the Wii so I plan on strolling down there early on the 8th, get some breakfast, then get some Zelda action on 10 minutes later. I can hardly contain myself from all the excitement!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Great job meeting demand, Nintendo! Go, Wii60!!:D

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

hmm, kinda hard to pre-order when everything keeps selling out....and blitzing me in the first place...