With just seven days to go until the Wii launches in Austalia and New Zealand, the anticipation is building for the kind of lack-of-console disappointment that the US and Japan have been hogging for themselves up until now.
Kotaku has reported that Australia will be receiving 40,000 Wii’s and some retailers have had to stop taking preorders due to not being able to guarantee supply.
Also, amusing was the fun being made of Australians, particularly this rather sharp (IMO) comment:
harkonnen says:40,000? What a croc. That bearly even koalafies as a launch. Good gReef.Dingo.
Ha! Koalafies. Brilliant.
Sorry, back to the topic at hand…
I can report that ebgames in New Zealand is still taking preorders, but the staff member I spoke to recommended I get my preorder “sooner rather than later“. Good advice. He also told me that all the stores plan to have four or five wii’s reserved for non-preorder, so if you miss out, then go queue outside your local store, but make sure you do it at midnight, as ebgames will be doing a midnight launch.
I had earlier speculated on how many PS’3 there were going to be for Europe and Oceania, but hadn’t really given much thought to the Wii, since I don’t think anyone was expecting supply problems.
However, people are now asking how many Wii’s are going to be available for each of the territories so i thought I’d take a look at it.
Now the story is that Nintendo promised 1 million Wii’s for the North American launch, and sold 600,000. Now people are talking about shortages, so I’m assuming that there aren’t 400k units sitting on shelves, so they under-delivered.
Nintendo is promising four million globally for the various launches. If one million of that was for North America and about one third (300k) are for Japan (assuming similar split to the PS3 launch) then we’re left with 2.7 million. Given Nintendo only delivered 3/5 of their promised quantity, this actually leaves us with 1.62 mill.
In the PS3 analysis I simply broke down the numbers by population sizes. This would end up with Europe getting 1.56 million (1,566,540), Australia getting 45,360 and New Zealand getting 8,100.
Which brings us full circle back to the article that said Australia was going to get 40k which seems very likely seeing as I just worked out that they would receive 45,360.
My final thoughts seem totally unnecessary to me, but I’ll give them anyway. If you really want a Wii, get a preorder at a reputable gaming store, because I wouldn’t want to bet on there being too many Wii’s on shelfs in Oceania or Europe at launch.