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Paul Nelson, KSL NewsradioAfter several months since its launch, Nintendo still isn't making enough of the Wii gaming consoles to meet demand. Meanwhile, Microsoft is having major problems with the Xbox 360.
It has been almost eight months since Nintendo first released the Wii game console. Still people are lining up for these things.
Best Buy media ppecialist Geoff Bishop says, "Once one person sees them, more people see that one, go out, and then it's just a chain reaction."
We asked him, "I'm guessing you don't have any here, do you?"
"No we don't," he admitted. He also doesn't know when the store will get more. "They've been showing up really random," he says.
Bishop says it's not uncommon to see five or six people waiting outside the store in the morning just to see if any arrived that day. He says Wiis are outselling the Playstation 3 four-to-one.
"Demand is so high they just fly right off the shelves. No store can really keep them in stock," Bishop says.
Bishop says Nintendo hasn't had a product this highly sought after since the Super Nintendo in 1991.
While some people who want to buy a Wii can't start playing, some owners of the Xbox 360 are being forced to stop. Something nicknamed "The Red Circle of Death" is shutting some game consoles down.
Bishop says, "On the 360, on the front of it right on the power button is something they call the ring of light. When the ‘Red Circle of Death' happens, it pretty much shows a system error, and that green ring of light turns red."
When that light goes red, there's really nothing you can do to fix it except send it back to Microsoft and wait for it to come back, which could take a few weeks. This has gamers worried.
"I heard about this 'Red Circle of Death' thing, and I really hope it doesn't come my way," says Jason Faull.
He says a similar thing happened to him with his original Xbox.
"For $100 you mail it into them. They'll fix any problems, but still, that's $100 for maybe something that's really minor to fix," he says.
Luckily for Xbox owners, Microsoft is spending over $1 billion to extend the warranty on the Xbox 360, because they've had what they call an unacceptable number of repairs. Some tech analysts say this brings the Xbox 360 to "the bottom of the league."