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Kai_Mao said:
KLAMarine said:

Now I have another question for you: how many of these previous shortages have been confirmed to be instances of scarcity marketing and how were they confirmed to be instances of scarcity marketing?

That's what I'm curious about. People here and there said a few stories in regards to Nintendo pulling off artificial shortages. But what was really going on during the days of the NES? Was it a product of the time when the US Video Game Crash affected how Nintendo operated in NA? Did we, as gamers and fans of Nintendo and their IPs, anticipated the success of amiibo before Nintendo? Did anyone anticipate the Wii's overwhelming success? Or the DS Lite's, especially when the original DS didn't necessarily got off to a good start?

There could've been a lot of factors affecting sales of some of Nintendo's products outside of artificial shortages. Whether true or not, there's usually more to a story right?

There are a myriad of factors that affect a product getting from planning table to people's homes. I fear that sometimes, suspicion alone is enough proof to just settle on one potential cause for shortages.

And I for one did not foresee the success of the Wii or DS but then again, I wasn't giving it much thought back then.