One smooth launch.
Yesterday the last of the next generation trio – Nintendo’s much heralded Wii – was launched in the US and unlike day one of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and, more to the point, Sony’s PlayStation 3 stocks were plentiful and no one was shot.
Ultimately with info that Wii production was already beyond two million units more than five weeks before launch the inevitable chaos that greeted its rivals was never likely to re-appear. Our good friends at tech blog sites Engadget and Gizmodo for instance reported that nearly 3,000 people queued outside the NYC branch of Toys R Us yet the store had 4,000 units in stock and everyone went home happy (apart from the fanboys who suddenly realised they didn’t need to camp out for three days!).
Contrast this with Sony’s 100,000 units for the whole of Japan and the Wii’s innovative and frugal ($249.99 RRP) approach and the console which initially did the least to impress me is now the one which wins many a heart. Furthermore we Europeans will see the Wii this year with the quirky little console scheduled to appear in shops on 8 December. So much for four month delays…
So all the primary launches are out of the way for another generation of consoles. Thank god it’s over for another three or four years.
Let the speculation on the PS4, Xbox 720 and Wii Wii (see what I did there?) commence…