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Midway blames Wii shortages for slow software roll-out

Midway has has said that manufacturing delays of Nintendo's Wii has had a direct affect on the company's roll-out of software to support the machine.

Midway has has said that manufacturing delays of Nintendo's Wii has had a direct effect on the company's roll-out of software to support the machine.

In a conference call following the release of the company's Q3 financial results, vice president of publishing Miguel Iribarren said that products for the busy Christmas period have had longer lead times than necessary

"The demand for Wii product has put a pretty big strain on Nintendo's production capacity, and that has in turn, for us, turned into longer lead times for some of our Wii products," commented Iribarren.

"And that, during the holidays — given product coming out in a short timeframe — has resulted, for us, in reduced ability to get product to shelves."

In the same call the publisher admitted that it had faced some technical issues with its first products for PlayStation 3 — including the best-selling Stranglehold — but that it was now over any architecture problems.

"We ran into some technical issues developing for the PlayStation 3 that have taken more time to finalise than we expected," admitted David Zucker, CEO of Midway.

"We do believe these technical issues are now complete at a core level in our engine," added Zucker, and that he expects all SKUs of multiformat titles to ship "day and date."

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