Japan is poised to suffer significant Super Smash Bros. Brawl
shortages when the game is officially released on Thursday, reports Game|Life
. Nintendo has failed to supply as much as 75% of pre-order units to retailers; likely due to production delays and oversights. Though the shortage would seem to pale in comparison to Wii hardware scarcity, a meager Brawl
launch would underscore Nintendo's continued struggle to operate a functional supply chain.
Game|Life theorizes that Japan's expected shortages explain Brawl's delay
in North America, as it will take until March for Nintendo to manufacture an ample shipment of units for the territory – not to mention, fulfill the rest of Japan's demand. Others speculate that Nintendo is intentionally withholding supply to give its WiFi Connection service a chance to adapt to the inescapable surge of online Brawl
players. This isn't the first time Nintendo has been accused
of such tactics, and – if someone don't fix that damn supply chain
– it won't be the last.