The Wii has hit all time record sales in the US & UK, with retailers smiling from ear to ear, with queues and queues of people lining up outside stores, to get their hands on what has been the best selling console for the last 2 christmas’s running.
The Wii is an awesome console, and anyone has given the tennis or golf a run, will know what I am talking about. I bought myself one last month, and literally can’t keep my hands off it. Except 1 small problem. The Core group. The same people who bring us Macs in South Africa, have been chosen as the official distributor for the Wii console in South Africa. Why the problem. The Wii was launched towards the end of September nationally, and launched with 3 games.
- Wii Sports (included in every console pack)
- Wii Play (A collection of 9 mini-games, and comes packaged with a second remote)
- Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess (GROSSLY overpriced at R599)
Today, 1 week before Christmas, there are STILL only 3 Official games available. Yea, there are loads more on the shelves at the Toys-R-Us, but these have been imported by Ster Kinekor to try and stimulate interest in the console. The core group, have not marketed the console at all. They have put a few boxes in stores, and left it to the retailers to set up a few demo models for people to test. I went into a store this weekend, and one of the sales assistants told me that they weren’t allowed to set up one. How crazy is this ? The worlds best selling console and people are not allowed to try it out ?
Recently a game called “Super Mario Galaxy” was launched in the US & UK. It was recorded as one of the fastest selling games of all times, and has achieved an average of 97% on gaming review sites. Yet, you won’t be able to find it on any South African store shelves.
Have Nintendo & The Core group missed the boat in South Africa ?