High Wii Demand Gives Nintendo Planning Problems

by Steven Rodriguez - December 19, 2007, 7:00 pm PST
Total comments: 16 Source: Reuters

NOA can't think ahead if it's always worrying about getting consoles out as fast as possible.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that his company is having difficulty laying out a game plan for the coming months because of the record-breaking demand of the Wii.

"The level of demand we are facing complicates all of our future business planning," said Reggie in an interview with Reuters. Until supply and demand balance each other out, he said, "all of that becomes a much tougher exercise."

Though it's not contributing to Nintendo's plight as directly as the Wii, the Nintendo DS is also causing Nintendo a few minor supply issues. Reggie noted that "some retailers" were "voicing concerns about DS inventory" as the holiday period went on.

Reggie later commented on the retailer practice of offering the Wii console in a multi-game bundle, something he frowns upon. "Retailers have already been given feedback that we are not big fans of that," he said. "We think it masks some of the price advantage we have versus our competition and, frankly, the consumer should decide what they want."

When asked if Nintendo would threaten bundling retailers with fewer Wii shipments, Reggie made his position clear. "We don't have to remind retailers of the strength we have right now," he said. "We are simply making an observation and that reinforces our point quite nicely with retailers."

Talkback

SheckyDecember 19, 2007

Ummmm, yeah....

I bet Sony would LOVE to have that "problem"

ShyGuyDecember 19, 2007

Remember in Bad Boys 2 where the drug czar had a problem of rats chewing on his stacks of money because he had too much cash to launder? He said "This is a stupid problem to have!" This Nintendo problem is kinda like that.

GoldenPhoenixDecember 19, 2007

::Waits for Crimm to complain about Nintendo supply problem.......AGAIN::

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::Waits for Crimm to complain about Nintendo supply problem.......AGAIN::


You have an unhealthy obsession with my posts.

To quote Romeo Crennel, this is a good problem to have. Would they rather they be back in the GameCube days when the total lack of demand was what screwed with their plans?

GoldenPhoenixDecember 19, 2007

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Originally posted by: GoldenPhoenix
::Waits for Crimm to complain about Nintendo supply problem.......AGAIN::


You have an unhealthy obsession with my posts.


That worm head always makes me pay attention.

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Originally posted by: Crimm
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Originally posted by: GoldenPhoenix
::Waits for Crimm to complain about Nintendo supply problem.......AGAIN::


You have an unhealthy obsession with my posts.


She's off of trolling me now and is onto trolling you. Yay!

GoldenPhoenixDecember 19, 2007

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Originally posted by: Kairon
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Originally posted by: Crimm
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Originally posted by: GoldenPhoenix
::Waits for Crimm to complain about Nintendo supply problem.......AGAIN::


You have an unhealthy obsession with my posts.


She's off of trolling me now and is onto trolling you. Yay!


Alien Syndrome deserves a -50/10.

It's a spoon. face-icon-small-sad.gif

bustin98December 19, 2007

A chocolate spoon?

Wood

CalibanDecember 19, 2007

@ Crimm: Wow, I always thought it was a worm.

I wonder why Nintendo doesn't build their own factory for the parts that are causing their shortage of supply.

Nintendo MANUFACTURING things?

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Nintendo MANUFACTURING things?


Not well, apparently.

MarioDecember 19, 2007

Manufacturing disappointment.

KlapauciusDecember 20, 2007

"We don't have to remind retailers of the strength we have right now,"

haha, Nintendo is awesome and he knows it. Reggie ftw

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