Rumor: Wii Best Buy Inventory Numbers Leaked?
We've heard that Best Buy is going to be a hotspot for gamers this holiday season, what with supposedly half the available PS3s being shipped to the popular retailer for launch day in November. Now, it appears there might be some insider info regarding official Nintendo Wii availability numbers.
According to Best Buy's Retail Stock System (RSS), the number of available Wii systems per store may already be established. The rumor states that there will be as few as 24 Wiis for the stores sitting out in the boonies, and as many as 120 for the more popular Best Buys situated in highly populated areas. However, the estimated average per store leans towards the high side, as the supposed expectation per store ranges between 80 and 90.
Further, the rumor hinted at Wii software availability. Each Best Buy may stock around 60 copies of Red Steel and 30 of Trauma Center: Second Opinion, although there was no word if the number of copies would increase with the number of available systems. However, it would make sense that the stores that received over 100 Wiis would receive more software copies.
Lastly, there is the possibility that some Best Buys have already received their first Wii shipments as the rumor listed "10/28 or 10/29" as the first time the store would get Nintendo's new system. Of course, the street date of November 19 remains the same, but it's an interesting tidbit nonetheless.
None of this is official, of course, but the numbers appear realistic. We'll let you know if and when this "insider info" is confirmed or denied.
10/29/2006 Ben Dutka