Wii photo service announced

Nintendo has partnered with Fujifilm Holdings Corp to launch a new photo service on the Wii video game console. The announcement was made on Wednesday.

Users will be able to upload and print photos via the Internet from compiling photo albums to business cards.

Meanwhile, the Nintendo Wii is still short of demand. Finding one is still a challenge for consumers in North America. However, the hunt may get a little easier in the months to come, but bagging a new Wii is still far from a sure thing.

“We are really intending to increase the shipments to the U.S., especially compared to last year,” says Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s global president and CEO. “However, I can’t give you a 100 commitment [that you’ll be able to find a Wii this holiday season]. What I can commit myself to is that Nintendo is going to do its best to supply as many Wii hardware units as possible in order to meet demand there.”

Iwata says demand for the device in the U.S. is unusually high in contrast to either Europe or Asia. The company is on schedule to produce 2.4 million Wiis this year and will allocate extra units to U.S. retailers. Still, it has been caught off guard by the popularity of the Wii in America.