While the PlayStation 3 launch numbers left a lot to be desired, Nintendo’s running on track with its Wii launch.
And, for gamers who didn’t manage to snag a Wii on opening day, more are on the way.
Nintendo of Canada’s Pierre-Paul Trépanier has been quoted as saying “we have 4 million units ready to go.”
Even still, he acknowledges, the demand will likely outpace supply during the holiday season. “We do estimate there will be supply issues within the first few weeks.”
Shortages and all, Nintendo’s launch of the Wii was without a doubt one of the smoothest in recent history. There wasn’t a bloody mess that was created with the launch of the PS3 and it seems by all reports gamers are pretty happy with their consoles.
Another thing that’s setting this launch apart from both the Xbox 360’s and the PS3’s is the fact Nintendo is making money right off the bat.
“We make a profit on the system itself,” Trépanier said. “Unlike our competitors, we don’t have ulterior motives; we’re not in it to sell HD TVs, or to become the operating system in the living room or anything like that.
“We’re in the gaming business, and we have to make money from everything we sell – and we are making money from day one on the Wii.”
Good for Nintendo. Sony and Microsoft could both stand to take a few lessons it seems.