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Nintendo Responds to Claims of Intentional Wii Shortages

Nintendo’s senior VP of marketing and corporate communications George Harrison has responded to GameStop COO Dan DeMatteo’s comments about the Wii. “I think they intentionally dried up supply because they made their numbers for the year. Their new year starts April 1 and I think we’re going to see supply flowing,” DeMatteo said during a conference call.

“No, that’s not at all the case,” George Harrison responded. “We have worldwide territories that are all competing over the available production. The Japan and European markets are doing extremely well with the Wii. People in Japan at NCL [Nintendo Co. Ltd.] are making the best decisions that they can about which products get shipped to which market and when.” Harrison suspects that it “may have been GameStop’s way of trying to request more [Wiis].”

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