Nintendo: 33% More Wiis Now, 50% More for Holidays

Nintendo is delivering on its promise to deliver more Wii consoles to retailers, with more units in production in fall 2008 than were being made in fall 2007.

"We're now producing 2.4 million units a month worldwide. Last year, we made 1.6 million a month. So we've made a 33% increase," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime to the LA Times.

That figure stands to grow even more headed into what could be the Wii's third sold-out holiday season. "While we're bringing 50% higher level of supply into the market this holiday, we don't know if the demand will be even higher than that."

Earlier this month, Fils-Aime attributed his unease to Nintendo's runaway success, saying, "We are selling hardware at rates no system [seller] has ever experienced." The system's phenomenal sales can largely be attributed to accessible games like Wii Fit, which took the #2 spot in September's top 10. "Only about 3 in 10 stores will have Wii Fit in stock," added the executive.

From The Chatty
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    October 27, 2008 2:24 PM

    I can confirm that in Dallas the availability is improving. Fry's had Wii's on Friday and again today (Monday). Granted it was a bundle w/ Wii Play and a play/charge station but I have seen worse. On Friday there were stacks of Wii Fit at our preferred Fry's and there were still some this morning. Of course that Wii fit was a crappy bundle (some sort of sleeve and/or an exercise mat but whatever).

    Point being availability seems to be improving, at least in North Dallas across a small sample size.

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      October 27, 2008 2:46 PM

      Yeah I'm curious if it's because it's not really Xmas buying season yet or if it's because the shortage is basically over. I predict it gets harder to get one around Christmas

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