December 28th, 2007, 12:11 Posted By: wraggster
There are certain events of 2007 that industry folks would just as soon not ever hear about again--so here they are...
#9 – This Heading Guaranteed 100% Free of Wii Puns
Nintendo has had a tremendous year. Everything it touches turns to gold, it seems. Yet, they also have made a critical miscalculation: they have undersupplied the Wii hardware for over a year. If we take their production throttling denials at face value, the only reasonable conclusion is that they simply haven't believed their own success. Seriously, what else could it be?
One's imagination runs wild imagining Nintendo's twisted logic:
First Quarter '07: Sold 1 million Wii systems in the U.S. and six different titles in the top 20 charts. We could increase production, but what if this is just left over demand from the holiday?
Second Quarter '07: Sold yet another million Wii systems in the U.S. and another six titles in the top 20 charts. Still, the trolls on NeoGAF say the Wii is just a fad, so better not increase production just yet.
Third Quarter '07: Sure, we sold another 1.3 million Wii systems, but what if we make another million and no one buys them? What are we doing to do with all that extra stock? We'll be ruined! Keep production where it is.
Fourth Quarter '07: Oh shi... People are still buying it? MAKE AS MANY AS YOU CAN AND DO IT NOW!
Now an analyst has revealed a price for Nintendo's commercial conservatism: $1.3 billion lost this holiday due to Wii shortages. Damn, that stings.
If it's any consolation, Nintendo, your former tormentor – Sony – will probably also lose $1.3 billion this holiday, but for precisely the opposite reason...
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