Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Top 5 Reasons the Wii is SO Hard to Find

If you're like me, you love to get your hands on various different gaming consoles and paraphernalia. The Nintendo Wii has been the hardest to acquire in my experience, ranging from being sold out, to being over priced. Here are my POSSIBLE reasons the Wii is so hard to get a hold of:

1) Nintendo made a good system. Let's face it, the Wii is a good buy for both "hardcore" gamers and people who've never picked up a controller in their life. The Wii Mote is an easy tool, fun to use, and innovative. There's something about being able to do something in real life that will be transitioned into your gaming avatar that make people happy.

2) The price of the Wii is excellent. Though the 360 and PS3 are pushing the limits with new graphical capabilities never before seen on a console, they are charging an arm and a leg for that technology. I don't know about you, but the last time I checked, I don't have $500 in my pocket to burn on a gaming console. The $250 is another good reason that the Wii never stays on store shelves for more than a day.

3) eBayers. Plain and simple, some people have found it a good business to buy a crap load of Wii systems and sell them on eBay for a profit. Economic principles prove that with little supply and high demand, you can make a lot of $$$$ to give people what they want. Damn those wanna be entrepreneurs!

4) It's also speculated that Nintendo themselves are holding back on Wii production. They make it so that they only make enough Wii systems that there are never a stockpile in any given store. It can be the major reason for the low supplies if proven true.

5) Old school gamers are going back to tradition. I know a lot of people that have come back to Nintendo again and again for the simple fact that they have so many classic characters. Samus from Metroid Prime, the Pokemon franchise, and our all time favorite Italian plumber, Mario. Face the facts, if people liked something once, they will go back to it again and again.

The fact of the matter is, Wii systems are in high demand. It can prove frustrating to try to find a Wii that you can get your hands on. At this rate, some people estimate that there will be a Wii drought for another year. "Wii" will have to wait and see where Nintendo goes from here in production. Don't give up hope, sooner or later, you will have your Wii.

Helpful Tips to finding a Wii:

  • Check your local newspaper for store ads daily. Best Buy and Circuit City usually announces when they will have Wii in stock.
  • Make calls. Call local EBgames, Gamestops, and various other video game stores and ask if they have it in stock.
  • Prepare to wake up early if you do find one, because you won't get one past early morning times.
  • Don't give up, search the web if you have to, and if you have the money, just eBay the damn thing.

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