GameStop CEO predicts Wii shortages for third straight holiday

What’s that? You or someone you love still doesn’t have a Wii, and wants to get one something fierce? I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but word on the video game street is that those pesky console shortages–you know, the ones that plagued Nintendo in 2006 and 2007–will be making an appearance this holiday season too. At least at GameStop anyway.

“I don’t see a near-term end in sight for Wii shortages, not unless they really ramp up supply. I think they’ve ramped it up 20 percent or so, but Nintendo is fairly cautious by nature. They ramped it up 20 and it’s still evaporating,” GameStop CEO Dan DeMatteo told GameIndustry today.

One year is understandable. Two years is acceptable, so long as you promise you’re working on things. Three years? Possibly suspect, and this is coming from, well, me. Be mindful of the fact that GameStop, while rolling in video game money these days, isn’t exactly destination number one for Nintendo. Still, for those who shop at GameStop, the Wii shortages are set to continue this holiday.