I had to pick up something this weekend at the local Best Buy. I walked into the store about 5 minutes after it had opened on Saturday. I quickly strolled to grab my item and headed to the check out lane. It was already a bit of a line, and as I looked around, I noticed of the 15 people or so in line, almost 90% of them had a Wii in their hands. I asked the lady next to me, "Is there some kind of sale on the Wii?". "Nope," she said, "they are just hard to find."
Hmmm... everyone has heard the Wii has been immensely popular but I had never actually "seen" that effect in real life. It was kind of amazing. As I stood there, at least three other people joined the back of the line and all three also had Wiis. There were others visible from my point in line still wandering the store, Wiis clutched to the chests like they were rescuing an baby from a fire.
Pretty impressive. I am not a big Wii fan. I've played it - it's cute for a few minutes, but I must be from that hard core gamer set (even though I don't play a ton of games and even play all that often) because it just didn't resonate with me. My ten year old son is in the same boat as he has said many times, "the Wii is weak". Of course, he is a big Halo 3 fan which does not seem to be the market segment the Wii is aimed at.
Regardless, it was fun to see a "phenomenon" first hand...