With all the buzz around the Wii and long lines outside of Toys ‘R Us last weekend Nintendo sent out a message telling everyone to “act early”. Nintendo plans to have 4 million Wiis shipped worldwide from the North American launch date, November 19 to the end of 2006. While North America is going to get the largest share of the global shipment, Nintendo expects that demand will be higher than supply since the Wii has been featured on many hot toy lists this season. Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aime says, "Because of demand, we’re urging shoppers not to get complacent. The level of demand we’re seeing goes beyond the ordinary. Retailers are telling us a significant fraction of customers pre-ordering Wii are nontraditional gamers – people looking for a better way to play. And that’s exactly what Wii is designed to provide." What’s the solution a “fleets of planes, cargo ships, trains and ground vehicles in each global market to maintain the best supply flow possible, starting in the Americas.”
Where are some other places to get the Wii? Walmart was selling bundles earlier, but they are already sold out. Gamestop is going to sell bundles online and you might want to watch Costco’s site if you are a member.