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"Industry insiders" predict a possible Nintendo Wii launch in September or October

Nintendo’s Wii may be released earlier than expected if the latest reports are accurate.  Chris Morris, writer of CNN.com's Game Over column, has written an article about the possibility of the Nintendo Wii game console launching a month or two earlier than expected.  Although the Wii had been originally expected sometime in November, with no official release noted by Nintendo, Morris says a release in September or October is not unrealistic.  A June 21 analyst's note claims that Nintendo is already manufacturing Wii console units that are final retail units.  According to the editorial on CNN:

Indeed, the company appears to be already manufacturing final retail units of the Wii, according to a June 21st analyst's note from P.J. McNealy of American Technology Research. That would give it a significant head start over Sony, which has yet to begin final manufacturing of the PlayStation 3.  Microsoft's first Xbox 360 did not roll off the assembly line last year until 69 days before the on sale date of Nov. 22. (That late start in production is the root cause behind last holiday's shortages.)      

With the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console being the only next-generation console on the market today, gamers are anxiously awaiting console releases from Nintendo and Sony.  The $250 USD price tag alone has made the Wii an appealing console for many potential gamers.  Nintendo is hoping to have enough units in stock after the console is released to combat extremely low supplies that sometimes plague other console releases.



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RE: Going all out for good games...
By MonkeyPaw on 7/6/2006 10:45:00 AM , Rating: 2
Well, consoles last for 5 years, and by then, more people will have HDTVs. We are talking about consoles here, too. My parents won't buy an HDTV, but they aren't going to buy a BluRay/HD-DVD player or game console either. So while there is a large audience out there that isn't on the cutting edge of technology, they also aren't the biggest group of people who buy game consoles. HDTVs are getting cheaper, and so it makes sense to aim a media/gaming device at the future of television, not the past. Besides, you can support HD and still support old technology at the same time. The 360 ships with a composite connector for people who just have YBW connections on their sets. Nintendo could have gone HD and not lost anyone.

Also, if someone can't figure out how to hook up a console, then they are going to really struggle at playing the games. HD has color-coded connectors, and all electronic devices ship with instructions.


RE: Going all out for good games...
By Xavian on 7/6/2006 2:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
actually i think you'll find most casuals and even up to 50% of 'hardcore' gamers do not have a HDTV set. Right now HD sets and things required to use them are way way too expensive.

The simple fact is HD isn't mainstream friendly yet, not even close. Considering the fiasco that is the HDCP/HDMI standards, plus those who were sold a HDTV set but cant play HD stuff (due to not having HDMI).

I expect that just by the end of the next console generation (just after the PS3, Wii, 360 generation), there will be enough people with HDTV sets to warrant HD on consoles. I can't help but feel that microsoft and sony simply launched HD a generation too early. The inevitable result for the PS3 is a gigantic system, thats probably going to overheat, crash, brake and not have all the features promised by sony (im talking from experience of all sony 1st generation console products, which quite frankly dont hold a candle to nintendo's quality control).

HD *IS* coming, however it is much too soon for consoles to integrate the technology as some 80% of the userbase wont have a HD set to appreciate the HD graphics.


RE: Going all out for good games...
By MonkeyPaw on 7/6/2006 4:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, you have a catch-22 here. You can't help develop HD without HD hardware. The same is true for multi-threaded games, but both the 360 and the PS3 have multi-core CPUs. Considering that the cheapest Xbox360 is only $50 more than Wii, HD isn't really costing you all that much. Some kind of HD support is better than none at all. I'd much rather have games that can run at 720p/1080i instead of 480p/i. What HD standards should bring to consoles is higher-resolution games, not HD movie support. Sony is aiming bigger, and I guess we'll see how that goes.

Also, I hear that you will be able to view HD content without HDMI until 2010, I believe, which coincidently is when the next round of consoles should be due. Hopefully by then, all the HD standards will be figured out and widely available.


RE: Going all out for good games...
By Xavian on 7/7/2006 12:21:53 AM , Rating: 2
except the fact that the Wii is launching UNDER $250, historically they have launched for $200 for every console starting with the NES, which is some $100 cheaper then the cheapest xbox.

I dont see any reason why they would change now.


RE: Going all out for good games...
By Xavian on 7/7/2006 12:23:30 AM , Rating: 2
and HD will be costing me, because games designed for HD resolutions look utter crap on SD resolutions, really crap so consoles are forcing me to buy a new HDTV? i dont think so considering the massive cost involved here in the UK to own a HD TV.


By piroroadkill on 7/7/2006 5:26:11 AM , Rating: 2
No it isn't. Buy an old 21" CRT monitor from someone and a VGA cable for the Xbox 360.

Shit, run it through your existing monitor.


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