Nintendo Wii System Sold Out in Some Stores – Includes Body Movement Controllers – Competes With Playstation 3 and X-Box 360

Nintendo Wii System Sold Out in Some Stores – Includes Body Movement Controllers – Competes With Playstation 3 and X-Box 360

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Nintendo’s new Wii game console system that was released today has already sold-out in some stores. The Sony Playstation 3 sold-out in stores earlier this week and the $600 system has been selling on eBay for as much as $2,100.

Like the release of the Playstation earlier in the week, people lined up outside stores, sometimes braving the cold and wet weather. The Nintendo offering is much less expensive than Playstation or the X-box. The game sells for about $250. The Nintendo also uses game controllers that respond to hand and body movements, making the act of playing games a physical experience.

Although the Nintendo may be a great console for kids, many avid players will say that the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (by Microsoft) offer better games. While shortages of new video game console systems war not unusual, these shortages come just in time for the holiday season.

Sony announced it will supply 400,000 PlayStation 3s in the US and 500,000 worldwide for the launch period. That’s about a quarter of what it projected before complications with its Blu-ray Disc technology slowed production, according to the New York Times. By the end of the year, Sony expects to make about 2 million available worldwide.

Many of the people who are buying these systems don’t plan on playing them. Numerous purchasers have said that they are buying the games for the sole reason of selling them on eBay or Amazon.com.

By John Waters
Best Syndication Business Writer

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