Nintendo to boost Wii production
“We must do our best to fix this abnormal lack of stock,” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told reporters. “We have not been able to properly foresee demand.” Iwata added that efforts were currently under way to increase Wii production, and that more machines would soon be shipped to stores worldwide, hopefully ending the current Wii drought.
Nintendo plans to sell 14 million Wii’s this year, already selling 5.84 million since its launch five months ago. Sony has only sold 1.84 million PlayStation 3’s wordwide since its launch, while Microsoft has shipped more than 10 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide.
The Wii’s motion-sensitive remote control wand has made it hit even with people unaccustomed to playing video games. It faced some minor problems early on with its wand, which flew out of the hands of some zealous players, snapping the strap and at times crashing into TVs. But that hasn’t dented profits, and the console is still flying off store shelves.