Nintendo Canada Exec: “Nintendo Wii is the pretty girl at the party this year”

Pierre Paul TrepanierSuch were the words of Nintendo Canada exec Paul Trépanier during a Wii launch event at the Ontario Place theme park. These words were delivered after being asked how the Wii is doing so far, what with the sales and media support that the company’s console has been getting.

Apparently, there’s no way to go but up the money hill with the success of the Wii launch. As Trépanier puts it, “We are making money from day one on the Wii.” Well, good for Ninty! You’re happy, all of us Wii lovers are happy (with the exception of those who haven’t gotten their consoles, of course), everyone’s happy!

Trépanier attributes the console’s success to the fact that (and we quote) “Unlike our competitors, we donÂ’t have ulterior motives; weÂ’re not in it to sell HD TVs, or to become the operating system in the living room or anything like that.” Basically, they’re investing it all in the console alone, and that the Wii itself will bring in the money for Ninty even without the add-ons and console whatnots.

He also says that there’ll be no problem with supply shortage because they are right on track in meeting the shipment targets for the console. There are four million units just waiting to be shipped, which, as Trepanier puts it, is something that their competitors have struggled to achieve. But despite this huge supply, they still anticipate that the Wii will sellout as we go well into the holiday season. To fix that, they are making sure that every week, there’s a constant supply of consoles coming in for shipment.

The Wii launch event in Ontario – where the press, public ,and game industry people were all invited to – got a positive response, despite the long lines to play the hottest Wii titles (Red Steel attracted one of the longest lines).

When asked about the number of Wii units shipped to Canada, Trépanier refused to give a specific number (but analysts estimate that around 200,000 units were available in Canada). Instead, Trépanier merely responded that “Canada is more important than its actual market size, not only is Canada 10 per cent of North America…but the Canadian subsidiary of Nintendo is widely regarded as one of the best subsidiaries in the world on a whole bunch of measures including profit per employee and market share.”

Our hearts bleed for eager Japanese and European Wii users though, they’ll have to wait ’til next month before the Wii reaches their shores.

Via Games Industry

Pierre Paul TrepanierSuch were the words of Nintendo Canada exec Paul Trépanier during a Wii launch event at the Ontario Place theme park. These words were delivered after being asked how the Wii is doing so far, what with the sales and media support that the company’s console has been getting.

Apparently, there’s no way to go but up the money hill with the success of the Wii launch. As Trépanier puts it, “We are making money from day one on the Wii.” Well, good for Ninty! You’re happy, all of us Wii lovers are happy (with the exception of those who haven’t gotten their consoles, of course), everyone’s happy!

Trépanier attributes the console’s success to the fact that (and we quote) “Unlike our competitors, we donÂ’t have ulterior motives; weÂ’re not in it to sell HD TVs, or to become the operating system in the living room or anything like that.” Basically, they’re investing it all in the console alone, and that the Wii itself will bring in the money for Ninty even without the add-ons and console whatnots.

He also says that there’ll be no problem with supply shortage because they are right on track in meeting the shipment targets for the console. There are four million units just waiting to be shipped, which, as Trepanier puts it, is something that their competitors have struggled to achieve. But despite this huge supply, they still anticipate that the Wii will sellout as we go well into the holiday season. To fix that, they are making sure that every week, there’s a constant supply of consoles coming in for shipment.

The Wii launch event in Ontario – where the press, public ,and game industry people were all invited to – got a positive response, despite the long lines to play the hottest Wii titles (Red Steel attracted one of the longest lines).

When asked about the number of Wii units shipped to Canada, Trépanier refused to give a specific number (but analysts estimate that around 200,000 units were available in Canada). Instead, Trépanier merely responded that “Canada is more important than its actual market size, not only is Canada 10 per cent of North America…but the Canadian subsidiary of Nintendo is widely regarded as one of the best subsidiaries in the world on a whole bunch of measures including profit per employee and market share.”

Our hearts bleed for eager Japanese and European Wii users though, they’ll have to wait ’til next month before the Wii reaches their shores.

Via Games Industry

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