Powerful men have decided that you shall not get a Wii this Christmas.
As you've probably heard, the Nintendo Wii is once again going to be very difficult to find this holiday season. Anxious shoppers are camped outside stores right now, chasing rumors of fresh Wii shipments. The handful that are available on E-Bay are going for 50% markups. And it seems that every other day a mainstream media outlet is telling the story of another frantic parent, desperate to obtain a Wii to replace the soiled Tickle-Me Elmo doll that no longer captures their children's imaginations. At first glance, this isn't a terribly interesting story - nothing more than a byproduct of the ever-growing consumerization of Christmas, another reminder that the world we live in grows nastier and meaner every day. Typical holiday cheer stuff really. But if you venture into some of the damper video game forums around the Internet, you can find a few people suggesting that Nintendo has deliberately kept supplies of the Wii tight in order to artificially generate free publicity and buzz for their machine. They reason that since the Wii has been in short supply for 12 straight months, this can represent nothing more than black-hearted malice on the part of Nintendo – the sort of anti-consumer malice normally associated with sinister American companies, like Microsoft or Frito-Lay. "Not so," counter Nintendo supporters, speaking from the carpeted floor in their parents rec rooms, "for to deliberately keep Wii's in short supply, Nintendo would be losing money in sales. No amount of free publicity could make up for that," they add, straightening their stained Yoshi t-shirt. Another answer remains largely unspoken, given that it doesn't fall neatly into the "NINTENDO IZ EVIL / NOES THEY ARE GOD FTW" cadence of modern online discourse: Nintendo may simply be incompetent. The short supply of Wii's is due to Nintendo trying to make as many Wii's as possible, and failing, possibly via some sort of I Love Lucy style conveyor belt shenanigans.