The next generation console war is about to kick off. That means the launch date for Nintendo Wii is coming up (Sunday, November 19, 2006) and the demand for Wii is very, very high. Though, luckily for most consumers, the Nintendo Wii should be more easily found than the coveted PlayStation3 from Sony. Even with the overwhelming demand for Wii, the main issue is trying to get one for the first few weeks of release, and especially launch day. Nintendo is hoping to pump out and sell over 4 million Wii’s before the years end. Meanwhile, online retailers are exploding with increased traffic and preorder requests, apart of which is Amazon.com who has recently issued the following to Wii subscribed customers:

The Nintendo Wii will be available for purchase on Amazon.com on 11/19, Sunday morning (PST). We will be limiting purchases to one per household and we anticipate that we will sell through our inventory very quickly as we’ve received 100 times more Wii email sign-ups than consoles we’ll have available for sale (i.e., for every Nintendo Wii we’ll have for sale, over 100 people have signed up to be notified).

We expect to receive periodic shipments of the Wii from Nintendo throughout the holidays and we will post availability updates on the product detail page as well as in the customer discussions on the Nintendo Wii product page…

Bottom line is, if you are looking to get a Nintendo Wii at launch time, you best find a store and get in line early (probably about a day and a half at the very latest.) Though, there should be adequate supplies to allow most customers to find one before the Holidays are over with. Though, like any Holiday season, this is one that consumers will especially need to be proactive. So if you’re looking to get a Wii before the years end, do some homework and hurry up!

As of now (Thursday, November 16, 2006) Nintendo Wii’s are selling on eBay for over $470.00 USD and as high as $600.00 USD with a few games bundled along side.

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