Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has stated that, contrary to speculation, long queues at retail and widely-reported Wii shortages are not a marketing strategy, but a "highly unfortunate" circumstance.
Fils-Aime suggested that the company may have been unprepared for "unprecedented demand" for the Wii. "...Anyone who suggests that a shortage is good for business really doesnít understand business," Fils-Aime recently told
MSNBC in an interview.
He also said Nintendo is putting more than twice as many Wii consoles into the marketplace this year than at launch.
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter recently predicted
that Nintendo will sell 1.7 million Wiis during the the month of December, making it the top-selling console for the holiday season to come.
Fils-Aime added, "We want the consumer to walk into any retail establishment and find the product. And thatís what weíre working tirelessly to make happen."