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Will Nintendo run out of U.K. consoles for the third year in a row?

Written by Sherlock on Tuesday, 9 December 2008One Comment

Tech radar.com asked that question yesterday, in the midst of a large uptick in Wii allowances in the U.S.

http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/uk-retail-wii-stock-shortages-feared–491401

The U.K. has has trouble in the past, with such titles at WiiFit facing massive shortages in the early going, as well as the system itself selling out across the U.K.  I have noticed an upward swing in the number of Wiis I see on the shelves in U.S. department stores in the past weeks, so this is a positive sign.

Amazon.com reports that they will offer more Wiis this Christmas to combat Walmart, who has promised no shortages and 1000s of Wiis in supply to whet the appetite of consumers hungry to feed their kids a capital gaming experience.

They better stock as many as they can, because Nintendo reports that sales have been as good as ever this holiday season.  Nintendo sees no signs of slowdown compared to other systems, but they remain cautiously optimistic with their holiday outlook.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601080&sid=a86xRfTPb290&refer=asia

Reports have said that while overall sales for the year have declined across the board, 800,000 Wii consoles were sold in the U.S. on black friday weekend, which would more than double the amount sold at the same time next year in a down economy.

http://www.gamesdog.co.uk/news/news.phtml/8436/9460/Wii-sales-800000-Thanksgiving-weekend.phtml

The question remains, though, will this trend continue throughout the holiday season?  Are consumers going to continue to purchase the Wii at a high rate?  With two weeks to go until Christmas and the economy continuing to slump, anything can happen.

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