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Nintendo Expected to Meet Wii Demand for Holidays, But Not Wii Fit

by Nick DiMola - November 19, 2008, 11:48 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Forbes

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime expects that for the first holiday season since the Wii's release, the company will be able to meet demand for the system.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Reggie Fils-Aime is reporting that Nintendo of America has "got a good shot at meeting demand during the holidays" with their Wii hardware. Unfortunately, Fils-Aime "knows [they'll] fall short" "with Wii Fit."

Fils-Aime also went on to talk about Nintendo's latest version of the DS hardware, the DSi. "The DSi in Japan was critical to that market … conversely our DS business … [is] running 19% above [our] 2007 [record] numbers." In light of that, "the strategic need for the DSi [won't] happen [until] later in 2009."

Finally, Fils-Aime touched on third parties and cited their lack of understanding of the Wii platform, and their lack of high-quality, top-tier titles. "I will be able to say our licensees 'get it' when their very best content is on our platform," he says. "And with very few exceptions today, that's not the case."

Talkback

Ian SaneNovember 19, 2008

Nice to hear an acknowledgement of the third party situation from a Nintendo exec.  Though I have a feeling we need to hear that sort of thing from NCL to get a feel for how Nintendo really thinks of the situation.  NOA often talks about issues like that but can't do anything without NCL being on board.

Assuming he's right that means we should see NPD numbers topping 1 million in November and December. Forget 50%, how long until Nintendo's got two thirds of the market?

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