Analysts Say Wii Shortage to Last Until 2009

"Mass market not ready for high-def gaming, says analysts "

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News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 26/04/07
Author: PV5150
Source: DailyTech

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According to industry analysts the mass market is not yet ready for high-def gaming.

Before the two new console launches in November 2006, it was popular belief that supplies of the Nintendo Wii would be ample and consumers would be able to secure one without much hassle or worry. Today, a full five months following launch, Wiis are still hard to find, and those who do find them can resell them for a greater profit than the retailer. According to one analyst’s opinion noted by Home Media Magazine, the demand for the Wii could outstrip supply all the way to 2009. “I believe the Wii will continue strong growth although supply continues to be a problem,” said Billy Pidgeon, video game analyst, IDC. “I’d like to see Wii hardware shipping in larger quantities or mass market consumers may cool on it. Having said that, I don’t believe supply will meet demand for the Wii until 2009.”

The crux of the problem appears to be that there simply aren't enough games available for the two more powerful consoles - the XBOX 360 and PS3 respectively.

“Xbox 360 and PS3 need system-selling games ASAP. Halo 3 will help, as will Lair and Heavenly Sword, but that leaves a hole in Q2 which will be filled by Wii, DS and PSP hardware and software. We’ll also see more PC and PS2 software picking up the slack...”

Nintendo and the PS2 still appear to be the consoles of choice for the mass market, with the PS2 still retaining its popularity through solid software sales.

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25-04-2007, 16:56:17

Gotcha, this ones Intel based.

Wierd usb thang tho.

25-04-2007, 16:57:10


wont boot up if there is ANY usb device, plugged into ANY usb port anywhere on the pc

but works fine in windows, with anything usb :S

25-04-2007, 17:06:44

Sounds like the problem I have installing XP with a G15 (usb keyboard) plugged in, just won`t have it. Works for some peoples tho I hear.

Do u have the mobo/chipset drivers installed ?

25-04-2007, 17:10:21

i have the G15, and it works fine in windows

however, when i boot up, if its plugged in, it will get to the Acer splash screen, and just freeze, until i reboot, and take EVERY usb device out of the usb ports

25-04-2007, 17:13:48

Vista is being gay with usb on my acer lappy too, so I think it's a general problem :\ (It's even more of a **** take considering it says Vista Capable on it)

25-04-2007, 17:15:25

the above sounds like a issue with the bios. You tried updating to the latest one?

As regards to installing software, make sure you stick to ones that are either known to work or made to work with vista.

Vista's been running fine for a couple of months on my acer C310 laptop.

25-04-2007, 17:18:48

easier to say than do....

so many programs, that are needed, and i cant risk it, cos it might not work with vista, damn this is frustrating...

on the up note

i havent had any viruses, spyware, or adware, or malware yet :D

25-04-2007, 17:20:23

Funny nathan mentioning that, if u goto an Acer homepage they do have Bios updates in their laptop section, in the Vista driver download part.

Could be a tweak, might be worth looking for one in the dt section.

25-04-2007, 17:36:43

if its freezing at the acer screen, well thats still in the bios, not yet booting the os.

I think there are also acer upgrade kits on acers website which will install the drivers and all that crap that comes with a brand new laptop :)

25-04-2007, 18:34:46


Funny nathan mentioning that, if u goto an Acer homepage they do have Bios updates in their laptop section, in the Vista driver download part.

I have the Acer Vista Bios :\.

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