GameStop: Wii, PS3 Shortages to Continue For Months

GameStop: Wii, PS3 Shortages to Continue For Months

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According to GameStop, it's still not going to be easy to find a PS3 or Wii for the next couple of months.

On an investor conference call this week, GameStop Executive VP of Merchandising Tony Bartel said that he doesn't expect the current shortage of Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles to end until possibly close to summer. While PS3 sales are actually up over the same period in 2009, Wii sales are down and consumers are having trouble finding both in stores.

Talking about the current shortages, Bartel said: "Obviously it's a question we ask the platform holders constantly. I can tell you that we do anticipate we will be in this situation, at least with the PlayStation 3, for another couple months unfortunately because we could sell a lot more hardware than what we have on both the PS3 and Wii platform."

The Wii sold around 350,000 fewer consoles in February 2010 than it did in February 2009. Though PS3 sales are stronger, demand may be higher than supply is able to meet, with big titles like Heavy Rain, God of War III, and Final Fantasy XIII released already this year.

"We do believe the Wii will come into stock quicker than the PS3, so we do anticipate that those shortages should abate sometime before the next couple months," Bartel continued. "But I don't have clarity as to why there is a shortage other than because of the unprecedented hardware demand in December, and I think we are still scrambling to catch up from the surge that occurred."

The Nintendo Wii sold nearly 4 million consoles in December 2009 alone according to NPD data, and 1.26 million in November, which may have caused the current supply issue. There has also been a tight supply on Wii accessories such as Wii Remotes and Nintendo titles such as Wii Fit Plus. The PS3 shortage appears to be more of a mystery if unanticipated demand is not the issue. The Xbox 360 may be the only console readily available, as it beat out both the PlayStation 3 and Wii in sales for February 2010, and Microsoft also recently began distributing Halo 3: ODST and Forza 3 as a pack-in with the Elite model.

Perhaps Microsoft wants to get rid of all its stock before the Xbox 360 Slim arrives.

(Via: IGN)

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Well, I would expect most people would have PS3s by now...I dont understand where all this talk of lack of them is comign from...do they really see GoW3 aas the console selling game of the PS3? Is it really that make or break?

Jaredin:
Well, I would expect most people would have PS3s by now...I dont understand where all this talk of lack of them is comign from...do they really see GoW3 aas the console selling game of the PS3? Is it really that make or break?

I would say it is. God of War 3 has been one of the most anticipated games for the PS3 to date. It was the main reason I got a PS3.

And if you ask me, it was totally worth the money and the 3 years wait!

God of War 3 isn't a PS3 seller for me...It's GoW1 and 2, but prettier.

Now...Heavy Rain....

Hubilub:

Jaredin:
Well, I would expect most people would have PS3s by now...I dont understand where all this talk of lack of them is comign from...do they really see GoW3 aas the console selling game of the PS3? Is it really that make or break?

I would say it is. God of War 3 has been one of the most anticipated games for the PS3 to date. It was the main reason I got a PS3.

And if you ask me, it was totally worth the money and the 3 years wait!

I hoy ps3 for jrpgs on it like Disagia 3, and Joker levels. I'm not the target audiance for GoW3

Onyx Oblivion:
God of War 3 isn't a PS3 seller for me...It's GoW1 and 2, but prettier.

Now...Heavy Rain....

Actually, it's not GoW1 and GoW2 prettier. There's a bit too much to explain on how many levels GoW3 is superior, but it does have much better platforming, much better puzzles, much better combat, and much cooler boss-fights.

I just needed to poke you for that statement.

And Heavy Rain is really fucking awesome.

Now go get the PS3

Well I've been trying to get a PS3 for about 5 weeks now. The fact I managed to save enough money roughly a month before GOW3 came out is purely coincidence(I never played GOW in my life) but the wait is starting to piss me off now...

Hubilub:

Onyx Oblivion:
God of War 3 isn't a PS3 seller for me...It's GoW1 and 2, but prettier.

Now...Heavy Rain....

Actually, it's not GoW1 and GoW2 prettier. There's a bit too much to explain on how many levels GoW3 is superior, but it does have much better platforming, much better puzzles, much better combat, and much cooler boss-fights.

I just needed to poke you for that statement.

And Heavy Rain is really fucking awesome.

Now go get the PS3

OH NOES! I can't find one!

Wait...what's this!? THE INTERNET?! I FOUND ONE! HALLELUJAH!

OH FUCK! The people reselling PS3s for a profit are EVIL. I just saw one for $400. Holy shit. But that's the only really bad price. The rest are the basic $300, I'll wait until I get a job.

Onyx Oblivion:

Hubilub:

Onyx Oblivion:
God of War 3 isn't a PS3 seller for me...It's GoW1 and 2, but prettier.

Now...Heavy Rain....

Actually, it's not GoW1 and GoW2 prettier. There's a bit too much to explain on how many levels GoW3 is superior, but it does have much better platforming, much better puzzles, much better combat, and much cooler boss-fights.

I just needed to poke you for that statement.

And Heavy Rain is really fucking awesome.

Now go get the PS3

OH NOES! I can't find one!

Wait...what's this!? THE INTERNET?! I FOUND ONE! HALLELUJAH!

OH FUCK! The people reselling PS3s for a profit are EVIL. I just saw one for $400. Holy shit. But that's the only really bad price. The rest are the basic $300, I'll wait until I get a job.

Or you could go out and steal one.

And then another one. And another one.

And then sell them over Ebay for profit.

Hubilub:

Onyx Oblivion:

Hubilub:

Onyx Oblivion:
God of War 3 isn't a PS3 seller for me...It's GoW1 and 2, but prettier.

Now...Heavy Rain....

Actually, it's not GoW1 and GoW2 prettier. There's a bit too much to explain on how many levels GoW3 is superior, but it does have much better platforming, much better puzzles, much better combat, and much cooler boss-fights.

I just needed to poke you for that statement.

And Heavy Rain is really fucking awesome.

Now go get the PS3

OH NOES! I can't find one!

Wait...what's this!? THE INTERNET?! I FOUND ONE! HALLELUJAH!

OH FUCK! The people reselling PS3s for a profit are EVIL. I just saw one for $400. Holy shit. But that's the only really bad price. The rest are the basic $300, I'll wait until I get a job.

Or you could go out and steal one.

And then another one. And another one.

And then sell them over Ebay for profit.

Look out Sweden, here I come!

I say it's a conspiracy by Microsoft. D:

(or maybe they just didn't expect such high demand. Either works)

Good for sony, ps3(slim) is a solid machine and deserves success. If they had launched with slim at 300 this generation would have been just as dominated by sony as the last generation.

Jaredin:
Well, I would expect most people would have PS3s by now...I dont understand where all this talk of lack of them is comign from...do they really see GoW3 aas the console selling game of the PS3? Is it really that make or break?

No it isn't, but since Ratchet and Clank: ToD and Uncharted every PS3 exclusive is treated as a lifeline for the console by the media, forgetting every great game that came before it.

Remember the media that came right before the release of Heavy Rain or Uncharted 2: Everyone kept going on and on about how this would be the game that people would buy a PS3 for. God of War 3 is now treated the same way.

God of War 3 makes we want a PS3. It is annoying that I can't find one locally or at reputable websites but that's what ebay is for. So long as you can find one that isn't priced above retail.

Bah. Double posts are dumb.

I can't find one either! And just when I've convinced my family that the PS3 is better than just a Blu-ray player!

rembrandtqeinstein:
Good for sony, ps3(slim) is a solid machine and deserves success. If they had launched with slim at 300 this generation would have been just as dominated by sony as the last generation.

maybe not as much..but I see your point, now had they released it with backwards compatibility..then yes

and I already have my PS3..I loves it <3

and it would probably annoy me if I couldn't find one at this point, so....yay?

 

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