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
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 year.
MCV 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,
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.
by Loc13 on September 14, 2006 at 8:45 AM
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.
quote: and the entire Nintendo Library is completly free.
quote: I think the US release date (and price) is supposed to be made official tomorrow from New York.
quote: However, users are going to buy the Nintendo Wii to just play Virtual Console games.
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.