High sales usually equal good news, but for Nintendo great success is a somewhat of a double edged sword. It seems the demand for both the Wii and the DS are making it difficult to plan for Ninty, per Reggie Fils-Aime‘s recent comments:
The level of demand we are facing complicates all of our future business planning. All of that becomes a much tougher exercise until we have supply and demand curves that intersect.”
Despite the Wii being sold out just about everywhere, the DS was actually the top selling console of the year, selling 1.5 million units in November alone. Some retailers have even expressed concerns about DS supply lasting through Christmas, although I’ve seen them regularly in stores so far (but as we get down to the last week before the holiday, that may change.)
There was nothing discussed about how things may improve after the holidays, but hopefully Nintendo can regain their footing and find a rhythm that will satisfy consumers. I like the Wii, but I can’t help but feel that part of the craze to get one is that they are impossible to find. People pretty much can’t resist what they can’t have.
[Via Yahoo – Thanks Justin!]