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It's here: the Nintendo Wii is a mere 10 weeks away... in Japan

As expected, Nintendo today lifted the embargo on the official pricing and launch date for the Nintendo Wii.  Nintendo President Saturo Iwata held a press event yesterday in Japan to reveal the final details of the Nintendo Wii that hadn't been announced during the E3 expo.  In Japan the console will sell for 25,000 Yen ($212 USD) and will be available on December 2, 2006.

Virtual Console games, titles that are downloaded rather than purchased on disc, will cost under $10 as originally stated by Iwata in a June 2006 press conference.  Iwata specifically claimed during the conference that Virtual Console games the for the Nintendo 64 will be priced at approximately 1000 Yen ($8.50 USD) while Nintendo and Super Nintendo games will be less than 800 Yen ($6.80 USD).  As many as 60 of these "classic" Virtual Console titles will be available at launch.  Like the Microsoft XBOX Live marketplace, "credits" can be purchased for use towards new VC games.

However, users aren't just going to buy the Nintendo Wii to just play Virtual Console games. Pricing for games in the US will be between $40 and $57 per new title.  Iwata promises that at least 25 Wii titles will be available by the end of the year, including new Mario and Zelda series games that were very thoroughly showcased during the E3 convention.  A "Wii Sport" package will be bundled together (but not included with the console), including a Tennis game to demonstrate the Wii nunchaku controller.

In addition to the launch info, Iwata also announced some new details about the functionality of Wii.  Specifically, the company plans to use Wii Connect24 to not just browse the internet, but also to bring some TV functionality to its users.

Nintendo has made several announcements earlier this year on the joint development that company has done with the Opera community, including the browser in the DS library and publically announcing that the Wii would use Opera for web functionality

Nintendo Japan has released the official price and launch announcement on its website, and is available here (English).  One remote (controller + nunchaku) are included with the base console, and additional remotes can be purchased for approximately $40 USD.

The equivalent $212 price tag for the US is essentially in line with what analysts and Nintendo representatives have been saying since May of this yearMCV Magazine reported just a few days ago that the Wii would launch for the equivalent of $280 in the EU on November 24, 2006, but did not mention a US launch date or price.  A conference in New York City tomorrow will reveal the final US launch date and pricing.

Sony has announced that the Playstation 3 will launch in the US on November 17, 2006.  The Microsoft camp is also expected to announce a new gizmo this holiday season -- the XBOX 360 external HD DVD player. Two versions of the Playstation 3 will launch in Japan on November 11, 2006 for the equivalent of $499 and $599. 

During the E3 conference in Los Angeles, Nintendo America president Reggie Fils-Aime claimed that the system would sell more than four million Wii consoles by year's end.  Sony recently released an announcement claiming that only 500,000 Playstation 3 consoles would ship worldwide at launch.

More details in Japanese are available at Wii.com, but the embargo for the US and European details does not lift until 9AM EST on September 14, 2006. 


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US price and date
By raisinbrainMMM on 9/14/2006 2:23:44 AM , Rating: 2
New York Times reported that Wii will sell for 249.99 in the US and the release date is November 19. Its on IGN as well




RE: US price and date
By RandomFool on 9/14/2006 8:43:46 AM , Rating: 2
The IGN article pretty much falls in line with what I expected. Although I was really expecting the Wii to come with two controllers since they seemed to have had a focus on multiplayer. Oh well.

Is it just me or does 40 bucks for a controller and 20 bucks for an attachment seem kind high to anyone else? I haven't bought a controller since the orignial playstation so i suppose it could be normal.


RE: US price and date
By LtFarva on 9/14/2006 9:52:46 AM , Rating: 2
Well considering the retail price of a 360 controller, its not bad.


RE: US price and date
By FightingChance on 9/14/2006 10:34:40 AM , Rating: 2
Controllers are one of the high margin items that help make up the difference of selling the system at a loss, along with memory units (actually cheap NAND flash) and other items like wireless adapters.


RE: US price and date
By xlmussel on 9/14/2006 3:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
I think nintendo is actually making money off Wii hardware sales if you believe the iSuppli estimated cost to build a Wii. Bravo nintendo, another first.


RE: US price and date
By FITCamaro on 9/15/2006 12:57:01 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but thats mainly because the Revolution is nothing more than an upgraded Gamecube. The biggest thing they changed was from using those mini-DVDs to using standard size DVDs.


Where da games at?
By knitecrow on 9/14/2006 8:31:39 AM , Rating: 2
Sure the Wii is cute looking and is relatively inexpensive but about games?

So far I have not seen any compelling games in the pipeline (sure you have zelda, mario and red steel looks interesting.) Retro gaming will only get you so far and I for one am not spending money on retro gaming.

The Xbox360 has the following games to look forward to: Gears of War, Halo 3, bioshock, Lost planet, mass effect, Too human, Forza 2, Fable 2, Assassins Creed, GTA4, Resident Evil 5

The choice is simple for me.




RE: Where da games at?
By Loc13 on 9/14/2006 8:45:46 AM , Rating: 2
http://wii.ign.com/articles/730/730221p1.html

check out the game list for wii, all of these should be available by the end of the year. But again, it depends on what type of games you like. If graphics is high priority for you, then xbox360/PS3 is the way to go. Wii is about enjoying a different gaming experience.


RE: Where da games at?
By Korvon on 9/14/2006 11:34:03 AM , Rating: 3
Far Cry? Call of Duty!?!?! On the Wii?! Would love to play a FPS with that controler... use it like a snipe gun. Duck Hunt 2.0.


RE: Where da games at?
By One43637 on 9/14/2006 7:55:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

by Loc13 on September 14, 2006 at 8:45 AM

http://wii.ign.com/articles/730/730221p1.html

check out the game list for wii, all of these should be available by the end of the year. But again, it depends on what type of games you like. If graphics is high priority for you, then xbox360/PS3 is the way to go. Wii is about enjoying a different gaming experience.


true, but since the price point is close to the $200 USD range, a lot of people that already have a 360, me included, will be more inclined to purchase one.


RE: Where da games at?
By TheDoc9 on 9/14/06, Rating: 0
RE: Where da games at?
By Nightskyre on 9/14/2006 1:31:06 PM , Rating: 2
So, what you're saying is if you're willing to break copyright you don't have to pay for things.

Seems fairly consistent with what people have been saying and doing for years.


RE: Where da games at?
By PrinceGaz on 9/14/2006 1:44:15 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
and the entire Nintendo Library is completly free.


Not legally it isn't. If you're going to support piracy, you may as well say all games for every platform are completely free. And all movies, and music, etc.


Wii two days after PS3?
By JSK on 9/14/2006 2:37:31 AM , Rating: 2
Hrm odd choice. I would have thought Nintendo would have wanted to beat them out of the door. Unless they expect the serious lack of PS3 product those first few days to only push customers to their Wii.

"sorry honey they are all sold of that that ps3 you wanted, how about a wii?"

"that sounds great mom!"

I will pick up a ps3 just to sell it and buy a wii, and then a ps3 when the availability is a bit more common.




RE: Wii two days after PS3?
By Sunrise089 on 9/14/2006 4:24:58 AM , Rating: 2
agreed - everything here is great - console pricing, download pricing, game pricing all as expected, but the date is odd. Maybe they figure Sony will blitz advertising before launch and have zero product available anyways, so it's better to launch second. More likely they realize launch days don't matter if the system is good and available. There will be no PS3s in many areas, and the 360s are out already, so the Wii can pretty much show up and sell whenever it wants to at ~$200. It will without a doubt be the first console bought on launch day for this user however.


RE: Wii two days after PS3?
By JeffDM on 9/17/2006 12:47:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still not convinced that the Wii is really competing against the PS3, so the date relative to PS3 probably doesn't matter so much. It just has to be out before Black Friday to hit the shopping season.


RE: Wii two days after PS3?
By JeffDM on 9/17/2006 12:50:08 AM , Rating: 2
Oops, I made a mistake, I didn't read the actual release date. A December date is pretty odd, I think, I would think it would be more sensible to be released in November for the reasons I stated - Black Friday.


US release date announcement
By encryptkeeper on 9/14/2006 9:34:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think the US release date (and price) is supposed to be made official tomorrow from New York. The ~$212 price range + $40 bucks for an extra controller (from the sound of the article, the nunchuck attachment was included in that price)isn't too bad. The date DOES sound funny, but I bet they got a little behind from having to devote extra time to churning out those 21,000,000+ DS units.




RE: US release date announcement
By xlmussel on 9/14/2006 9:51:32 AM , Rating: 2
shortage in US = people wait on line, "what no Wii? oh well, I'll get a 360."

shortage in Japan = people wait in line, "What no Wii? RIOT!!!" hack, slash, pain, blood.


RE: US release date announcement
By a1016neo on 9/14/2006 10:06:11 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think the US release date (and price) is supposed to be made official tomorrow from New York.



Tomorrow is Today


By encryptkeeper on 9/14/2006 10:27:03 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, my bad, I thought the US event was Friday.


the $250 US price tag is not official yet
By Loc13 on 9/14/2006 8:41:57 AM , Rating: 2
according to nytimes.com,
"the company plans to announce today that it will release its new Wii video game console in North America and South America on Nov. 19, just as the holiday shopping season begins, and that the machine will cost $250 in the United States."

I wouldn't take its word until the press conference announcement. But according to the report, the $250 console would come BUNDLED with Wii sports, then it's a great deal b/c the game would cost from 40-50 bucks if sold seperately. So the console itself costs about the same as its jap version, which doesn't come bundled with the wii sport. I know I'm going to gamestop to pre-order one today after work :D




By StevoLincolnite on 9/14/2006 8:49:51 AM , Rating: 3
GTA 4? o.O
You realise theres GTA 1 and 2? (Both top down views).
Then GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas? and Liberty stories.

SO thats what... the 7th GTA game to date.
I allready have an Xbox 360. Just for Halo 3.
And Getting the Wii' Cant wait to play Zelda: Ocarina of time all over again. OH! And a decent version of Perfect Dark! :P


By piroroadkill on 9/14/2006 10:05:26 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, GTA4. Yes, we know there have been many more than 4 games, but they weren't numbered games, they had subtitles.

It's really well known that the next GTA is GTA4.

Infact, here's what Wikipedia says!

"Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA IV) is the upcoming eleventh installment of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, announced to be released by Rockstar Games on October 16, 2007 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360."


!
By Scabies on 9/14/2006 2:26:38 AM , Rating: 2
DT wrote
quote:
However, users are going to buy the Nintendo Wii to just play Virtual Console games.

Damn straight, I know I am.




RE: !
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 9/14/2006 3:04:44 AM , Rating: 2
Whoops --- fixed that.


RE: !
By jskirwin on 9/14/2006 9:14:21 AM , Rating: 2
Kris
I'm not sure that fixing it was a good idea.
While the established Nintendo gamers won't be interested in these games, many current PS2 and Xbox owners are.

For example, my kid loves Super Mario and Sonic on his Gameboy. If he could download these games on the Wii right after bringing home the unit, he would be quite busy while the library of new games builds up. Plus the cost of the games is so cheap that it would be hard for me as a parent to say "no".

I'm beginning to think that Nintendo might be extremely savvy - especially after Sony's arrogance with the PS3 (I do NOT want a Blu-ray! I DO want a next-gen console!!!) and Microsoft's slow ramp up of titles for the 360.

Heck, I'd have fun playing Super Mario Brothers on the big screen myself.

Nintendo's back catalog might be just the thing to whip the pants off of Sony and MS. As a gamer/parent/PS2 owner who grew up playing Donkey Kong, I hope Nintendo does well with the unit.



Dumb question: what do you download onto?
By kelmerp on 9/14/2006 11:08:28 AM , Rating: 2
On the Xbox360 and the PS3 you have a hard drive, but the Wii doesn't have one, right? So do you download onto flash media? I remember hearing about memory cards being the place to save stuff but that seems like a very kludgy system. You're going to have to buy a bunch of flash memory and that's going to add up, right?




By ChronoReverse on 9/14/2006 11:49:30 AM , Rating: 2
The Wii has 512MB of internal flash memory for that purpose. It also has SD card slots. Additionally, you're supposed to be able to plug in any USB hard drive for more storage (need confirmation on that one).


By Moishe on 9/18/2006 8:23:21 AM , Rating: 2
sd cards are so cheap... I think this sort of expansion is perfect if you are not going to have a HDD. you can get 4G SD cards for under $70, 1G are usually less than $15... I have no problem with this system.


Welcome to MarioKart
By Yianaki on 9/14/2006 2:42:09 AM , Rating: 2
Bummer about the price at 250. I really wish it was 199. Hope the crappy times is wrong. MarioKart 64 will be my 0day download. I love that game. I like the ds version but I love me some Kart 64! It was a giant leap from Mario Kart for the SNES. That game is perfect for a group of people to play oh Joy.




RE: Welcome to MarioKart
By Garreye on 9/16/2006 12:12:52 PM , Rating: 2
Hells yes! I love that game!


errrrrorssss
By Visual on 9/14/2006 5:15:11 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Sony recently released an announcement claiming that only 500,000 Playstation 3 consoles would ship in the US before the end of the year.

Eh, no. 500k consoles at launch day, 100k of them are for japan.
But Sony still maintains their 2mil figure by the end of the year.




RE: errrrrorssss
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/14/2006 6:32:44 AM , Rating: 2
500K consoles created by launch day, I doubt that will actually be on store shelves. More like In-Transit, Still Packing, and Some on Store Shelves. Don't buy into the Sony Baloney.


WHAT :?
By tuteja1986 on 9/14/2006 2:23:47 AM , Rating: 2
Games may cost $57 Dollars :( ... what happened to being cheap and all. Thats like $10 cheaper

$250 , ahh i will end up buying one at launch since i wouldn't be able to get a PS3 because they wouldn't be launching it untill march, also i had already had per-order/paid off $990 :( .








The news is out already......
By crystal clear on 9/14/2006 4:43:14 AM , Rating: 2
"but did not mention a US launch date or price "

The launch date is Nov 19 for North & South America.
(release in time for sale in the up coming holiday season)

The cost is USD 250.




Folks, this is why to buy:
By Methusela on 9/14/2006 10:19:25 AM , Rating: 1
It's releasing with Excite Truck.

Best news I've heard on the console front in ten years!




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