Did a Fire Cause Wii U Production to Slow Down?,
For those who are gearing up for a Wii U this November, they may have to wait a while longer due to an unforeseen shortage of consoles. And this is coming from a tweet by analyst David Gibson, of the Australian bank Macquaire in Tokyo. According to Gibson, his company has downgraded the Wii U’s shipping forecast by one million units, to an adjusted amount of 7.3 million units that will be shipped worldwide. And the reason Gibson gives? It was all due to a factory fire at the console assembler.
Considering this is rumormongering at best, there is no real way to prove that these numbers are now real, other than Nintendo saying they have downgraded their launch numbers officially. And so far, Nintendo has denied the fire, stating to the CVG that it had no impact on their Wii U production. Gibson however, has also tweeted that Nintendo will revise their revenue forecast on October 24th, which is supposedly linked to the recent crisis.
However, this is also not the only news that suggests that the Wii U will have a major shortage this holiday season. Gamestop already has a wait list created for consumers due to the high pre-order demand for the Wii U, while online prices on ebay and Amazon are skyrocketing to the lofty heights of $750.00 for a system, before it is officially released. No doubt a factory fire would exacerbate the situation even more.
Suffice to say, it is very likely that the worldwide launch of the Wii U will face a shortage of systems for everyone, regardless of the reasons why. History tends to repeat itself in this instance, as there are always massive shortages of new hardware come a console launch in the gaming world. I doubt the Wii U will be any different in this situation, fire or no.