Wii shortages to continue until 2009?

— 5:22 PM on April 25, 2007

Nintendo's Wii has been on top of current-generation console sales charts for the better part of the last quarter, and apparently the console's popularity isn't about to wane. According to an IDC video game analyst quoted by Home Media Magazine, the Wii will continue to be in short supply for another couple of years. The analyst states, "I believe the Wii will continue strong growth although supply continues to be a problem," and adds "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 PlayStation 2 is still on top of overall console sales, though. According to another analyst, this time working for Wedbush Morgan, "It still seems to be the year of the PS2. . . . Notwithstanding all of the other choices, consumers keep buying PS2 games, with barely any drop off." In March, the PS2 sold 280,000 units, compared to "only" 259,000 unit sales for the Nintendo Wii. (Thanks to DailyTech for the link.)

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