On September 15th, Amazon
began taking preorders for the Wii ... and on September 15th, Amazon stopped
taking preorders for the Wii. No, Nintendo didn't announce manufacturing troubles or delays. They didn't move the release date back. There was no crisis reported.
They simply sold out.
Analysts, both armchair and professional, have been all over the place when it comes to the Wii since the revolutionary new console was first announced. Predictions have ranged to impossibly enthusiastic to cautiously optimistic ... and down to those who swore the concept was too gimmicky and the Wii would fail. Even fans reacted to the recent announcements of price points and world launch dates in a somewhat lukewarm fashion, and even so, people are still rabid to ensure they'll get a copy of the system on launch day.
Wiiii! Here's to the "underdog." Looks like Nintendo is moving up in the world.