That’s not the answer around here (North Dallas, TX). I spent weeks looking for a Wii (finally found one at Target), and I saw PS3s all over the place. One day at lunch I was feeling especially intrepid and hit 6 stores. All but one of them had PS3s in stock (and yes, I asked). No one had Wiis.
I also ended up using itrackr.com to help me find a Wii. Currently they list 0 stores (out of 23 in my area) with Wii systems. They show 18 of the 23 as having PS3s in stock. Since I started looking during the last week of '06, there has never been a time when at least 8-10 of the stores listed there had PS3s in stock. Now whether these systems are “rotting” or just being restocked fast is another question. But they’re certainly easy to find around here. You still can’t find a Wii unless you happen upon a new shipment.
As for the OP, it’s way too early to declare anything. Yes, the launch was a disaster, but we have a long way to go. Check back when we have a few titles like Final Fantasy, Ratchet & Clank, God Of War, and Gran Turismo floating around and I’m sure we’ll see a different story.
It’s really disappointing to see the state that the Playstation brand is in now. I was (and am) a huge PS2 fanboy. I loved that Sony seemed to want to take a chance on some different types of games like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Frequency and Amplitude, Guitar Hero, etc. When I heard about the PS3 I immediately started a PS3 fund, where I dropped off my change whenever I could to start saving up (my former gaming fund is now the diaper fund). Then the nonsense started. They unveiled that ridiculous boomerang controller. After getting laughed off of the internets they said they’d redesign it, then revealed that they gave up and the controller would be the Same Damn Thing we’ve had for years.
And the troubles kept coming. By the time the launch actually came around it was clear that they weren’t going to have near enough units to sell and the launch was going to become a scalping nightmare. People camped out for two days for the systems, hoping to sell them on eBay for thousands. Of course, when everyone does that, it tends to drive prices down a little. A friend of mine spent two nights in ~40F weather for a 60 GB PS3, and ended up only getting $1000 for it on eBay. After listing fees and shipping he made a little over $100. Whoops.
And can I just ask who the hell is in charge of advertising at Sony? First they come up with the world’s most editable slogan: “Play Beyond.” Which of course was immediately morphed into “Pay Beyond” by every amature photoshopper on the world wide internets. Then the ads start. I’m sorry, but the Baby From Hell salivating from the eyes while looking at the floating PS3 is not working. That may be the worst advertisment I’ve ever seen, and I live in Texas, where ads routinely feature Alan Jackson, so that’s saying something.
And of course the price. I don’t want or need a Blu-Ray player. I have a very limited gaming budget and I’m not paying $600 for anything, much less a system with as weak a launch lineup as the PS3. When I heard the price announced a few months ago, my PS3 fund became my breakfast burrito fund. I think I made the right choice.
I still hope to see Sony pull their heads out for the reasons I mentioned above. They’re responsible for some really great gaming. They just really screwed up the PS3 launch more than I could have ever imagined.