Wii – four months later

Wii has been out for .. no, wait, let’s try this again .. Nintendo has been selling Wii consoles off and on for four months now. Back when I was standing in a line on a brisk November evening, our group had a conversation about when you’d be able to just walk in and buy one. “Spring” was the consensus. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and yet traditional retailers can only keep them in stock for as long as it takes to ring them all up at the checkout line.

So I pose two questions to you, Infendo Nation:

a) When will we be able to “just walk in and buy one”?
b) At what point will lack of having units in stock begin to hurt Nintendo (if it hasn’t already)?