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Nintendo hopes to ship 6 million units by March '07

Nintendo is revealing more of its plans for its next generation Wii gaming console. Nintendo senior managing editor Yoshihiro Mori has stated that the company plans to ship as many as six million Wii consoles between its Q4 2006 launch and March of 2007. The price of admission will be under $250 USD. Earlier reports from a Sega VP stated that the console would sell for under $200 USD.

Given the lower price point of Nintendo’s Wii, Microsoft's Peter Moore boldly stated that many gamers would choose to buy an XBOX 360 and a Wii instead of buying a PlayStation 3. Sony Computer Entertainment executive Phil Harrison later agreed with Moore that most gamers would choose to add a Wii to their arsenal after purchasing a PS3 or XBOX 360. GamesIndustry.biz reports:

The Wii console is key to Nintendo's future success and the company is banking on its strategy of introducing disruptive technology to capture a large percentage of the market, bowing out of the high-tech hardware race between Microsoft and Sony and concentrating on innovation and affordability in place of the superior graphics and processing power that has dominated the next-generation platform.

One thing is for sure though, Nintendo is likely to pick up a lot of sales with its Wii. Be it from consumers who don't want to pony up for a high-end $400 XBOX 360 or $600 PS3 or those who want another machine to compliment their existing system, Nintendo has more to gain than it does to lose in this round.



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That was smart!!
By vingamm on 5/25/2006 1:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
They can not beat Sony or M$ in the graphics or performance arena so they beat them in the wallet. The kids like Nintendo and I see many mothers running out to buy the latest itteration of Mario Bros. And, the graphics may not be as good as those of the PS3, but they will not suck either. I can see Sony and Micro$oft losing a lot of money come Christmas time.




RE: That was smart!!
By epsilonparadox on 5/25/2006 1:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
M$ has been losing money since the original xbox so there's no surprise there.


RE: That was smart!!
By Lakku on 5/26/2006 4:53:38 AM , Rating: 2
While you are so kindly making sweeping accusations, lets clear up what you said, and then counter point it with the great Sony situation. 1) You boldy state MS as been losing money since the original Xbox, which, to maybe enlighting you, is simply not true. And, this only deals with the Xbox development team. They turned a profit on the Xbox as time went on. Sony lost money on the PS and PS2 until later in the cycle as well. 2) You made the great claim that MS, not MS Xbox development, has been losing money. Well, they haven't. MS made 2 billion as a matter a fact, in the last year or less alone. Sony? Wow... just wow. They have LOST!!!! 560 MILLION! in the last QUARTER! .... that is right, in one QUARTER OF A YEAR, they have lost OVER HALF A BILLION! So before everyone bashes MS on losing money on the Xbox development team, which they always do on a discussion with other consoles, look at Sony. Sony will die long before the PS3 helps them at this rate, and to be honest, I see them dying as a company because they are stupid, inept, push dumb propriatary tech, and do NOT have the wallets to sustain such tremendous losses, not because PS3 sucks and costs twice as much as a 360.. yeah, just wait, you don't think MS will lower the360 price by Christmas to be another 50 to 100 cheaper? Have fun with your 600 dollar consoles playing mediocre and/or shitty Final Fantasy and the all time worst series ever MGS.


RE: That was smart!!
By Rampage on 5/25/2006 1:33:57 PM , Rating: 1
Err.. kids? I'm 24 and I'm buying a Wii.

No PS3 or 360 for me.
BTW where did all the retarded Nintendo haters go?? Thought everyone said the controller sucked and was a gimmick?

Huh huh? Wheres all the haters now.. punk a$$ beyitches.
Nintendo is gonna OWN this round.

360 and PS3 are not innovative besides attempting to convince you a better gaming experience =better graphics. Well, that and attempting to rip you off.


RE: That was smart!!
By epsilonparadox on 5/25/2006 1:36:13 PM , Rating: 1
I'd say xbox live is an innovation.


RE: That was smart!!
By robber98 on 5/25/2006 1:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'd say xbox live is an innovation.


I don't think so... Remember Gamezone back in 90? XBox Live is more like XBox version of it.


RE: That was smart!!
By epsilonparadox on 5/25/2006 1:55:41 PM , Rating: 1
xbox live is a console innovation just like the Wii's controller scheme. Gamerzone didn't offer an entertainment portal like xbox live does.


RE: That was smart!!
By Gil554 on 5/25/2006 1:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
werd.


it's not about the price
By abhaxus on 5/25/2006 3:30:59 PM , Rating: 2
Well the dreamcast had at least a half year head start on the PS2 and was only 199 while the PS2 was 299... and it didn't win despite having superior games in many areas (Soul Calibur, the 2k sports series). And honestly to this day I still don't think PS2 graphics look much better than the dreamcast.

I don't think price is what does it. Hype is. All my friends talk about is how much they want the 360, and the PS3 for the blu ray drive. Unless there are some killer apps at launch I don't see Wii doing anything at all.




RE: it's not about the price
By Arjunne on 5/25/2006 3:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
I have to say, I think you're wayyyy off the mark. There is a MASSIVE difference between 199 > 299, and 200-250 > 600. Thats more than DOUBLE the price (and double at a higher echelon, to). Not to mention the Wii seems to be generating considerable hype; hell - my friends are all die hard PS2 fans, but most of them are excited for the wii. The kids I know can't wait. Nor can I; frankly, its the only console I'm willing to shell out for.

After rediscovering N64 and NES, I realised that super l33t graphics weren't what made good times - go to college and see how many guys and girls are playing the old school titles and having too much fun, and see how many people are gonna get the wii ;)



RE: it's not about the price
By MrSmurf on 5/25/2006 7:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention Sega had no credibility along third party developers namely EA.


RE: it's not about the price
By vingamm on 5/25/2006 4:45:54 PM , Rating: 3
Both of you have valid points. I love the old school games. I have MAME and about 20gb of roms at rom and I play them frequently. I play MK, Shinobi or Mr. Do almost every day. But, it does have to do with the Hype behind the console to. Dreamcast was awesome but it was not advertised well. Nintendo does not have that problem. All they have are AR guys, LOL. every day I see a new commercial for a nintendo game. And With some of the hottest tites to ever hit the market (Mario, Zelda, Metroid) being exclusive Nintendo IPs, I think that Wii is going to be kicka$$!! I will say I am going to buy one and I am 36 so what does that tell you?


It IS about the price
By Sunrise089 on 5/25/2006 5:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
No offense, but I'm betting you are in either middle or high school. I made one of my first posts in the forums about what I consider the misunderstanding kids this age have about Nintendo. Yes, we all played Mario and the gang when we were young. Then we get a bit older and think it's amazing how Tony Vercetti can swear in a game and decide Nintendo is just for kids. Then we get past that phase and realize gameplay matters. I'm 22 and no one I know is dismissing the Wii because it seems too childish. In fact with the exception of a few Xbox 360 fans, everyone is most excited about the Wii due to its gameply and its price.

Trust me, Nintendo can sell PLENTY of consoles to people aged 8-12 and 20+


RE: it's not about the price
By Josh7289 on 5/25/2006 9:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Well the dreamcast had at least a half year head start on the PS2 and was only 199 while the PS2 was 299


Actually, I was just looking through one of my old Official Dreamcast Magazine issues (November 2000) and in it, Peter Moore announced the price drop of the Dreamcast from $199 to $149, so the DC was actually half the price of the $299 PS2 around the PS2's North American launch. Just thought I'd point that out...


wii, not so good
By chud67bc on 5/25/2006 3:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be different in that I don't see anything good about the wii. 5-10 mins playing a game and waving your arms seems fun, but try that for 1,2,3 hours. You tell me you want to wave youe arms playing wii tennis for 1-2 hours? If I wanted to do that I'd be playing the real thing. I would think people play games for fun and to relax, I don't want to feel like my arm is going to fall off after an hour. Granted, it may have some uses for party games but hard core gamers should stay away.




RE: wii, not so good
By epsilonparadox on 5/25/2006 5:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
Well its a good thing that a traditional controller is also available for those that don't have good stamina.


RE: wii, not so good
By Josh7289 on 5/25/2006 8:59:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's been said almost a million times by nearly everyone reporting on the system that long arching motions are NOT required to play Wii games, but simple light motions of the wrist are MORE than enough to produce the desired effects in a game, but it has been said that as gamers do these simple motions, they'll find themselves more and more doing larger motions, for the simple reason that it is more fun.

However, the point here is that, chud67bc, your point is moot.


RE: wii, not so good
By Xavian on 5/26/2006 2:26:29 AM , Rating: 2
indeed you can make small movements and also gigantic ones IF YOU WANT. So you dont have to wave you arms around, if you dont want to. Obviously for some games like Wii Sports and Wii Music (currently only E3 demo's that could turn into games), you would want to make bigger movements to feel more inside the game (Baseball, Tennis etc).

But there is also the a plethora of attatchments coming too. The classic controller which allows you to play Virtual Console games and possibly Wii games that dont use the Wiimote (allthough you can use your GCN controller for that purpose if you want). The "Zapper" Gun shell, in which the Wiimote plugs into the 'barrel' of the gun to become the barrel, allowing you to play shooters using the pointer and utilizing the controllers orientation, gyro's, accelorometers and more to provide an even better experience

(e.g imagine playing a game in which you have a shotgun, you run out of shells while firing with the Zapper now if you tilt it upwards it reloads the gun and allows you to shoot some more, or tilt the zapper to the side to turn the gun like that on screen.)

The future... is awesome.


RE: wii, not so good
By Xavian on 5/26/2006 2:29:44 AM , Rating: 2
forgot to add the nunchuck attackment too that also has some gryo and accelorometer tech in it. Like in Zelda: TP if you push downwards on the nunchuck, Link will do a finishing sword move on an enemy. Or if you rotate it in a circular motion then he will do a spinning sword slash attack.


The games?
By THEREALJMAN73 on 5/25/2006 3:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone have a game list for the Wii? I think the controler is cool as hell for this and the price is great. But the kicker is what games does it have?

Just because of game base I will probably buy a PS3 but who knows maybe Wii will have enough to offer that I wouldn't have to pony up so much cash for the PS3.




RE: The games?
By Suomynona on 5/25/2006 3:36:40 PM , Rating: 4
RE: The games?
By maverick502 on 5/26/2006 8:42:18 AM , Rating: 1
the games blow.


Next-gen.biz
By epsilonparadox on 5/25/2006 12:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
According to next-gen.biz, its going to be around $222 in japan so it will definitely be around $200 in the US.




RE: Next-gen.biz
By hwhacker on 5/25/2006 12:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
^ I concur. For whatever reason, the japaenese yen price (in american dollars) is usually 5-10% higher than the same product in America in USD. IE the $500 PS3 being $536 in japan. If nintendo says it'll be under 25,000Y...It will indeed $200 in America.

I don't know how this is news though, as it's predictable as things come...What did the NES launch for? $200.

What did the SNES launch for? $200

What did the N64 launch for? $200

But wait...wait...How about the Gamecube? OH YEAH, $200!

;)


RE: Next-gen.biz
By epsilonparadox on 5/25/2006 1:07:53 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't know that they all launched at that price point. I didn't get the NES until a yr before the snes came out so it was marked down considerably. That was my last console until the xbox.


Wii will be the only one I'm buying
By lebe0024 on 5/25/2006 5:55:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm 25 years old, and I play all the FSPs (and sometimes warcraft III) on PC as the majority of my gaming.

I will be buying a Wii, because it is the only system that provides something NEW to do. Why would I want to pay $500 for an XBox or PS3 when my PC can do it better? Bring on the nintendo!




By Rampage on 5/25/2006 7:30:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. You said it.

The other systems are nothing new at all. The Wii opens up new gameplay opportunities.

I think the PS3 has absolutely no place in the market.

The 360 does everything the PS3 can do, and do some things better like the fine tuned Xbox Live service. So on the high end, its already decided.

For those looking for something new, the Wii is the only way to go.
I play Civilization 4, Heroes of Might and Magic 5, CSS, WC3, Oblivion and some Quake4.. this new Nintendo system will be the perfect companion.


By jtesoro on 5/26/2006 1:21:25 AM , Rating: 2
Believe it or not, the last console I've had was the Atari 2600 (not counting handhelds like the GameBoy Micro that I have now). Since the 2600, I've been getting nearly all my gaming fixes from an Apple II+ clone and PCs afterwards.

The games I've been seeing on the various game consoles didn't interest me but somehow after all these years, I am actually considering the Wii. This is practically unthinkable for me so it seems that Nintendo is doing something right here.


The Question is..
By GhandiInstinct on 5/25/2006 12:17:25 PM , Rating: 1
Who wouldn't want a Wii in their household? It seems the universal response is favoring the Wii to PS3 and X3.

I predict Nintendo on top of sales charts.




RE: The Question is..
By epsilonparadox on 5/25/2006 12:30:12 PM , Rating: 3
My wife. It would mean less "quality" time w/ her.


RE: The Question is..
By maverick502 on 5/26/2006 8:39:55 AM , Rating: 1
I didn't want a GC - I don't want a repckaged one either.


Oh snap!
By Chadder007 on 5/25/2006 12:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
This is going to be huge for Nintendo this time around.




RE: Oh snap!
By desiplaya4life on 5/25/2006 6:37:15 PM , Rating: 2
yup. im 20 and im not a HUGE console gamer as i used to be when i was a kid. nonetheless i still love to play games when i got friends over. i do not like playing single player anymore.. never tried online gaming on console yet..

but me being busy w/ college, me looking for new innovative tech., and on a budget.. im looking fowards for the Wii =) it looks good and fun. i like that new controller. im thinking of setting that up during a college party and bunch a drunk people playing the dance rev. game or something fun w/ the controller. it sounds pretty cool.

my 2cents.


it's about the games
By mushi799 on 5/25/2006 6:28:59 PM , Rating: 2
since N64, nintendo has had a crappy history in delivering games.
So i don't really care about Wii, until i see nintendo deliver what they promised. My gamecube has been collecting dust for a long time.




RE: it's about the games
By Mitul89 on 5/25/2006 9:53:13 PM , Rating: 2
are you fucking kidding me? Go and play Metroid Prime 1 and 2, play SuperSmashBros:Melee, Mario Kart, and Zelda:wind waker than we will talk about nintendo not delivering games. The only problems that I see/saw with gamecube was that it has very little 3rd party support and no online. But for Wii, it seems that nintendo has finally hit the nail in the head, there are lot of 3rd party titiles announced and ofcourse the online is free. So I think that nintendo is learning from GC and N64.


360 and a Wii for me
By stugatz on 5/25/2006 12:26:05 PM , Rating: 3
Unless the latest announcements by Sony (re self destructing BR drives, game licensing vs ownership, and pricing) turn out to be lies for some reason, then there is absolutely no way in hell I'm buying a PS3, therefore, a 360 and a Wii is the way I, for one, will go.




Wii for me
By DEMO24 on 5/25/2006 12:31:34 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly if I was into consoles I'd buy a Wii




good for them
By thilanliyan on 5/25/2006 12:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
I hope it will do really well. Honestly, I never liked it when Sony and Microsoft got into the console business.

I liked it better when it was Nintendo and Sega fighting it out. I never bought any console since N64 but I will definitely buy the Wii...




THIS JUST IN!!!
By filterxg on 5/25/2006 10:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
Steve Jobs thinks the shiny white Wii looks cool and decided to buy Nintendo. He promises full itunes and ipod support. No word on reliability.




THE Games People THE Games
By maverick502 on 5/26/2006 8:31:16 AM , Rating: 2
Has no one looked at the bulk of the 27 playable games at E3 for the Wii. They really boringkid games. I understand people want the people to just be great. But it doesn't get past the fact the games are still the same branded games with some new control schemes. The same bad games designed for kids. Having one game, Red Steel - which was panned by most media, that Nintendo has turned the corner on exciting more adult oriented games.




There is no doubt
By Rampage on 5/26/2006 5:29:11 PM , Rating: 2
The press is going to go insane over this revolutionary console.

Nintendos additional advertising is just going to push this console over the top.
This is the 2nd coming of consoles.
Goodbye Sony.




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