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Wii to launch on November 19 and will be priced at $249

DailyTech brought you the details of the Wii's Japanese launch earlier today. Now, the US details for the launch have been officially announced by Nintendo. The console will launch in the United States on November 19 at a price of $249 and will be available at over 25,000 retail outlets. Also of note is that the console initially will only be available in white.

Wii Sports will be included with the console and will feature Wii Baseball, Wii Boxing, Wii Golf and Wii Tennis. Some of the launch titles that will be available include Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Exitetruck, Call of Duty 3, Madden 2007, Need for Speed: Carbon and Trauma Center. Around 30 first-party titles are expected to be available at launch priced at $49.99 each.

Legacy games will available for download and will be purchased using Wii Points -- $20 gets you 2,000 Wii points. The breakdown is as follows:

  • NES Games: 500 Wii Points
  • SNES Games: 800 Wii Points
  • N64 Games: 1,000 Wii Points

Nintendo also announced Wii Channels. There will be a number of channels available to gamers including news, weather, photo, shopping and gaming channels. Gamers will also being able to browse the Internet using -- you guessed it -- the Internet Channel.

For more information on the Wii's launch, you can check out DailyTech's original article.

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$500 by the time I walk out.
By MykC on 9/14/2006 11:51:13 AM , Rating: 5
Necessary Stuff Day 1

The Conosole Bundle - $250
An Extra Controller - $ 60
Zelda: TP - $ 50
At least 1 more game - $ 50
SD Card - $ 50
Total $460

Not that cheap when you look at the big picture, but looking back at the XBOX 360.

XBOX Premium Bundle $400
Wireless Controller $ 60
Perfect Dark Zero $ 50
Project Gotham 3 $ 50
XBOX Live $ 50

In the end I spend $150.00 less and get 3 games instead of 2.


1) No large internal storage, no SD card packed in. Well, the hopes of not having to buy a memory card were shattered.

"Will the system have its own internal memory for photos and such? Kaplan says it will have some capacity for internal memory, but "most" of the storage will indeed be through SD cards." - Gamespot Article

2) I expected the pricing of the Wii games to be less than the competition, because they touted that the cost of development will be way cheaper for the Wii and the fact they haven't mentioned that they were selling the console at a loss (nor have they used that tactic before).

4) I have a bit of problem paying $5.00 for almost any NES game. I have an issue paying $8.00 for most SNES games. I will pay $10.00 for majority of N64 games though.

I would of like to see the pricing of NES games at $2.00 and SNES games $5.00. Some of the premium classics could have a higher price point.

Lets be serious though, most of people are aware of ROMs so the value of games are hurt by it.

Someone mentioned the idea of implementing a subscription service like Sega Channel. This is something I would be interested in if the cost was like $100/year.

Happy About:

1) Strong Opening lineup by the end of the year.

2) Wi-fi included

3) Wii Sports included


So is DVD and CD playback done out of the box? Happy if yes, dissapointed if no. And I would like it play MP3s off burnt DVDs.

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By AmpedSilence on 9/14/2006 11:58:36 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't Wii Sports a combination of 5 games? SO wouldn't it be more like 7 games instead of 2?

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By MykC on 9/14/2006 12:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
Don't expect each sport to be full fledged game. Expect what you see, your basic multiplayer, a super simple single player and tutorial. Thats it. No bells or whistles, no extensive career mode, franchise modes, etc.

The games are under one title because as is... I would suspect you wouldn't pay full price for the each sport as a seperate game.

So, like I don't count Hexic HD as a game, I consider Wii Sports as one title (although I think its going to be a great showcase and fun package).

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By ChugokuOtaku on 9/14/2006 12:02:18 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if we can load the NES/SNES ROMs that are downloadable onto SD cards and play them off of the Wii?

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By Moishe on 9/14/2006 1:40:29 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder if the downloaded games can only be downloaded once? (would you have to re-pay for each download of the same game?)

And, can you save them to and from SD cards forever? (if so, you could give them to your friends)

The only way to do this without getting ripped off is to let the download consist of the ROM + database entry that indicates that you own the ROM already. That way, if you don't have the ROM to play,it would just redownload it and run the game. You'd have to have an account with ROM purchase history though.

By ChugokuOtaku on 9/14/2006 3:20:35 PM , Rating: 2
that's an interesting thought.
With a cartridge, you can take it to your friend's house to play. If they put a limitation on the downloaded ROMs so it'll only work on your Wii, then at the current prices, I don't think they're worth it. Or are they gonna have "genuine" ROMs?

By psychobriggsy on 9/15/2006 10:32:26 AM , Rating: 2
Most likely the NES/SNES/N64 games are encrypted by a Nintendo private key, and the Wii will only run Virtual Console games that it can decode using the public key which will be in read-only memory. I expect that if this is the case, then people will try to hack this part of the system, either replacing the public key with another, so you can encrypt your own ROM files, or bypassing the check so that plain ROMs can be run. It's also entirely possible that the Virtual Console downloads will also include a launcher application which will increase the amount of work required to hack the Virtual Console functionality.

By aGreenAgent on 9/14/2006 3:27:12 PM , Rating: 3
No, you can't.

The Wii doesn't have an emulator afaik. It runs gamecube code natively, and Wii code (duh).

I belive all the games that you'll be able to download have been re-compiled to PowerPC code so that the Wii runs them natively.

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By MonkeyPaw on 9/14/2006 12:07:55 PM , Rating: 2
Erm, how big of an SD card are you planning on getting? I can pick up a 1GB card for $15 on the right weekend.

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By PrinceGaz on 9/14/2006 1:59:26 PM , Rating: 2
My thoughts exactly, SD cards are dirt cheap these days (except for the very largest capacity).

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By SocrPlyr on 9/14/2006 12:13:34 PM , Rating: 2
You make a good point, but fail to remember xbox live is a recurring cost and that you don't need the SD card, the Wii has 512MB of flash built in. But in general you are only talking $200 for the first year of ownership more. I don't play games much so if i did buy a console it would only make sense for me to get something like the Wii. However, you also have to look at the market right now. Xbox 360 has been around for so long there shouldn't be too much thought going on whether or not to get it. So the competition isn't the 360, but more of the PS3 which the price difference is around $250 (for the lower end one) and $350 (for the high end one), but no recurring cost and BlueRay (which can't be count as a benefit ~yet). So it is an interesting to look at, but for now I throw my hands up in the air and say get what you want and try to convince your friends to get the other ones. Thus all your bases are covered. Hopefully then you will go play with you friends instead of playing solo at home a complete loner.


By imaheadcase on 9/14/2006 1:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
Well it should be noted you can download almost every n64 game online that would work on Wii :D

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By bunnyfubbles on 9/14/2006 1:47:49 PM , Rating: 1
512MB of flash is built into the Wii, $50 will EASILY get you 2GB, maybe even 4GB by the time it comes out if you do your shopping right. I just spent $40 (tax and shipping included) on a 150x 2GB SD card before a $16 MIR...

However, unless you really go crazy on the N64 games you'll probably never fill up the 512MB of built in flash.

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By drxploder on 9/14/2006 6:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, SD cards are so cheap now that I bought a DVD burner off newegg at $30 and got a 512MB one for free. Even when I bought a 1GB one 6 months ago, I only paid $32. SD is cheap and appears to be getting cheaper.

By encryptkeeper on 9/14/2006 2:33:01 PM , Rating: 1
Here's what most people will be spending on November 19th...
1x Wii console $249.99

1x Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess $49.99

So I'll spend $299.98 before tax...but my girlfriend works at Target, so take off 29.99 for her discount, - 26.99 for Target Bonus points 10% off coupon= ~$243.00 before tax and the ability to play anything from Nintendo's home console library? Sounds like a deal to me!

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By Samus on 9/14/2006 9:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
controllers are $40

RE: $500 by the time I walk out.
By MrSmurf on 9/14/2006 9:24:04 PM , Rating: 1
You do realize you simply could have subtracted $250 from $400 and gotten the same results, right?

The wii is $150 cheaper, period, which is a lot.

By JazzMang on 9/14/2006 10:02:03 AM , Rating: 2
Bring it on!

RE: Cool
By hughlle on 9/14/2006 10:06:23 AM , Rating: 2
omg, i['m gonna have to buy this :)

purely because of the fact that i can download n64 games onto it as well, super smash brothers here i come!!

on a side note, it would be good if you were able to trade-in/swap your old cartriges for the download etc

RE: Cool
By desiplaya4life on 9/14/06, Rating: -1
RE: Cool
By RamarC on 9/14/2006 10:47:13 AM , Rating: 1
uhhh how the hell would u be able to trade in your old cartridge for a download? are you stupid?

you must be stupid if you can't figure out how nintendo could do a trade-in. they could offer a mail-in program for cartridges or partner with EB. i don't think they will, but it would be a customer-friendly gesture and generate some extra revenue.

RE: Cool
By ToeCutter on 9/14/2006 11:19:50 AM , Rating: 4
uhhh how the hell would u be able to trade in your old cartridge for a download? are you stupid?

Actually, your post makes less sense the original you're replying to.

You could easily trade in old carts for Wii points, and then use them to purchase downloads.

Seems pretty simple to me? Feeling "stupid" yet?

RE: Cool
By MrSmurf on 9/14/06, Rating: -1
RE: Cool
By slunkius on 9/15/2006 2:52:32 AM , Rating: 3
This dabate started over HOW, not WHY. So procedure would be possible in theory.

RE: Cool
By tuteja1986 on 9/14/2006 10:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
These are the game i am interest in at launch :) so i will end up buying a Wii at launch

Super Mario Galaxy
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Wii Sports
WarioWare: Smooth Moves

As for Virtual Console ... I already have most of the virtual console stuff , i still have my nes , snes , n64 with me and all the game i ever wanted. One game that i don't own and would buy is Crono Trigger.

RE: Cool
By Doormat on 9/14/2006 12:09:27 PM , Rating: 2
They announced that Metroid will be a 2007 title. Not launch. Sorry.

RE: Cool
By Ecmaster76 on 9/14/2006 11:24:22 AM , Rating: 2
Dont know about you but I sure as hell wouldn't trade in my cartridges. Some of them might be worth a pretty penny a few years from now and I enjoy dusting off the ol SNES every now and then.

If I get a Wii I will use the download service for classics that I missed out on back in the day, not ones I already own.

Pricey VC Games
By mikeupnorth on 9/14/2006 10:20:31 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know about all of you, but I was hoping/expecting that Virtual Console games would be much cheaper than was announced. $10 for a 5-10 year old N64 game (and how are you supposed to control those games anyway)? $8 for a 15 year old SNES game? You would have to be crazy or rich to try to download every game in the VC library at those prices. But I will admit...there are a few select games I will not be able to resist getting anyway.

Despite my disappointment with VC, I will definitely be playing with my Wii as soon as I can get my hands on it!

RE: Pricey VC Games
By ajfink on 9/14/2006 10:31:39 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I thought they would be cheaper as well, it's a pretty big letdown. I was really hoping for some of the NES and SNES classics cheaper.

That being said, I will almost definately be buying one. I own an Xbox 360 already, and I think between these two I will have all gaming desires fulfilled.

RE: Pricey VC Games
By MonkeyPaw on 9/14/2006 11:30:40 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps the price of old games will go down? I'm sure there are quite a few people that will pay this higher price, but as time goes on, Nintendo will likely drop the price to sell more. It's not like they need to cover the development costs of Zelda anymore. I'm sure an iTunes song is a bigger download!

Another possiblity is that Nintendo will sell "classics" on a bundled disc. There could be a Mario bundle, a Zelda bundle, etc. I'm sure there's all sorts of marketing angles whey will take.

RE: Pricey VC Games
By umerok on 9/14/2006 12:28:12 PM , Rating: 2
Remember, you buy games with Wii points, not with dollars. This means that there could be promotions and deals later on. Free Wii points with purchases of certain games or other products altogether, larger Wii point packages (20,000 points for $150), or exchangable Wii points with others... any of these would reduce the price of the games from a flat "$10 N64, $8 SNES, $5 NES."

RE: Pricey VC Games
By stubeck on 9/14/2006 7:53:47 PM , Rating: 2
The games won't go down. Nintendo is the worst for having games go down in price, they're sort of like Apple in that regard, they'd rather not sell 10 of them at 30 and instead sell 2 at 50.

I'm interested, but at 250 I'm not completely interested, I'll wait for a few reviews to come out first.

RE: Pricey VC Games
By Teletran1 on 9/14/06, Rating: -1
RE: Pricey VC Games
By FearlessUser on 9/14/2006 7:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
(and how are you supposed to control those games anyway)?

Nintendo is coming out with a wired controller for VC gameplay.

DVD option?
By ChugokuOtaku on 9/14/2006 11:56:02 AM , Rating: 2
unless I missed an update, wasn't there an additional cost to the Wii if you wanted standard DVD video support? Is that already included in the $250 price tag?

RE: DVD option?
By Loc13 on 9/14/2006 12:24:36 PM , Rating: 2
I think DVD playback is standard on the Wii.

RE: DVD option?
By Loc13 on 9/14/2006 1:07:02 PM , Rating: 3
sorry i take that back, DVD playback is not supported as confirmed by Nintendo

RE: DVD option?
By Moishe on 9/14/2006 3:04:45 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see this as a problem...
I'd rather have a cheaper console than a more expensive one with a DVD player. Especially since almost every consumer already has a DVD player that is likely better than the one they would include.

Convergence is mostly redundant and costly... especially for items in the living room.

Still waiting to hear about Game Boy compatibility
By rwilloug on 9/14/2006 12:39:13 PM , Rating: 2
Has there been any mention yet of the equivalent of a Game Boy Player for the Wii yet? I really like what I've read about the Wii and have thought about upgrading my GBA SP to a DS but I don't want to give up my favorite GBC & GB games (the three Zelda games, Donkey Kong '94, etc).

By StevoLincolnite on 9/14/2006 12:58:01 PM , Rating: 3
Well, you could allways do what i do. Keep your GBA and get a DS. Then you can play Game Boy, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, and nintendo DS games! :)
Or sell the GBA and get a Gameboy Colour cheep somewhere, And get a DS. (The DS plays GBA games). Other than that, I'm sure Nintendo would have added some of unctionality into the Wii for use with the DS. (Like the GC and GBA).

By rwilloug on 9/14/2006 2:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
True, those are all options, but I'm hoping Nintendo comes up with a solution that doesn't require me to have multiple handhelds. Maybe a Virtual Console for the DS to allow you to download GBC & GB games. Or since I don't actually use my GBA outside the house very often, a DS/GB Player for the Wii would work too.

Trauma center!!
By Loc13 on 9/14/2006 10:08:55 AM , Rating: 2
That is one game I really look forward to beside Zelda. Performing operations on injuries, how cool can that be!!!!

RE: Trauma center!!
By NerV04 on 9/14/2006 10:36:08 AM , Rating: 2
dude, even though trauma is ready to rip your hair out after playing for a while...i have it for the ds..

RE: Trauma center!!
By MykC on 9/14/2006 12:10:10 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't played the DS games yet (but they look really interesting, probably a rental or used copy purchase though), but I remember playing an old medical game for the PC like at least 12-15 years ago. I could never save my patients :(

By AmpedSilence on 9/14/2006 10:07:12 AM , Rating: 2
hmmmm, to pre-order or not? That is the question....

RE: ...
By Master Kenobi on 9/14/2006 10:51:08 AM , Rating: 2
I'll be pre-ordering. Already own a Gamecube, so on launch day I can pickup my Wii, box and toss the GameCube. Plug Gamecube controllers into the Wii, and play Wii/GC games. Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

RE: ...
By tuteja1986 on 9/14/2006 11:07:47 AM , Rating: 1
in USA , i don't think you will problem finding one in store at launch without pre-order or camping all night long. I think they will have about 1million + Wii at US launch.

Canadian Launch Date
By jimmy43 on 9/14/2006 3:37:42 PM , Rating: 2
I didnt see any mention of a Canadian Launch Date. Anyone have any information? I would like to place my reserve now...

RE: Canadian Launch Date
By MykC on 9/14/2006 4:36:52 PM , Rating: 2
When I watch the press conference they used the word "Americas" a lot. So, I'm assuming it will be the same day as in the US. And as far as I can remember the current gen consoles all launched the same day Canada/US.

I suppose
By srawal on 9/14/2006 10:18:05 AM , Rating: 1
I suppose I am excited; but what happened to the sub $200 pricing rumour?

All the rumors made the official $250 seem dissapointing to me!

RE: I suppose
By Loc13 on 9/14/2006 10:37:31 AM , Rating: 2
Nintendo never said they would sell it under 200 bucks. They had been saying from day 1 that the console would go for sub $250. Plus you get the wii sports bundled, that is 5 games right there.

Hells yeah!
By Suomynona on 9/14/2006 10:01:12 AM , Rating: 2
This will definitely be my first console purchase. Wii looks badass.

Tony Hawk: Trauma Center? WTF!
By vhx500 on 9/14/2006 10:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
I've frankly never heard of this game. Is this some sort of a typo?

If it was a real game, it'd feature making botched surgeries on yourself after a failed skateboarding stunt. Hmm, the possibilities...

No thanks!
By 05SilverGT on 9/14/06, Rating: 0
RE: No thanks!
By bokep on 9/15/2006 12:20:13 AM , Rating: 2
and you didnt think $400 was much for that pile of crap you currently own?

Reserve it
By jdmackes on 9/14/2006 11:33:01 AM , Rating: 2
If you guys want one of the systems, I would definetly recommend reserving it. I work for Gamestop, and while games will be available, the systems and accessories ALWAYS sell out no matter how many systems are available for launch (unless you're the psp). All the money you put on it goes towards it anyway, so it's not like you're losing anything, you're just making sure you can get one, and if you change your mind you can always get your money back. I know Gamestop and EB haven't started taking reserves yet, and we're going to start the ps3 reserves sometime in october from what we were told, I'm unsure of the Wii reserves though, those might start as soon as tomorrow...

By PrinceGaz on 9/14/2006 2:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
I think it would be a great idea for Nintendo to include about 4,000 free Wii points with the Wii console. These Wii points don't really cost Nintendo anything (apart from a tiny bit of bandwidth) but it would be seen as extra value by customers.

The reason I said 4,000 points is that nicely matches the pricing structure of the old games, allowing you to play either 4 N64, 5 SNES, or 8 NES titles if you select them all from one generation. Nintendo would lose a little money on lost point purchases at first, but they could potentially make a lot more in the long run-- almost everyone will try a service for free, and there's sure to be some people who want more games that wouldn't even have tried it in the first place without the free points.

Give away 4,000 points with each console. Customers will like it and it may be the final incentive needed to convince those who are wavering. At worst it costs Nintendo next to nothing but could potentially prove quite profitable. At the very least give 2,000 free points as that would still be worthwhile.

Canada Price
By Clonester on 9/14/2006 11:35:38 PM , Rating: 2
It will launch in Canada on the same day for $279.95. That's pretty much a straight up conversion from the US price. First party games are $59.99, virtual console pricing TBA.

Source: for the press release, or for my news post for you Canuck gamers.

Friggin sweet!
By BioRebel on 9/15/2006 1:01:48 AM , Rating: 2
I cant wait to reserve mine at gamestop. I wonder what other games I should get...

...give me a break
By NotAok on 9/15/2006 11:31:47 AM , Rating: 1
slightly enhanced gamecube for $250.00?! PASS!

I'll continue to use my money for real next-gen gaming thank you.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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