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

Nintendo‚Äôs Wii may be released earlier than expected if the latest reports are accurate.  Chris Morris, writer of'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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No suprise
By lwright84 on 7/6/2006 11:26:02 AM , Rating: 2
shouldn't be a suprise to anyone really considering that most of the Wii's hardware comes from the gamecube.

i find it funny that all nintendo has done is basically "invented" another accessory and, since they've learned from their other disasters (superscope, powerglove, etc), they just decided to release a "new" (read: redesigned) console.

anyway, here's to hoping that their Wii-mote isn't as awkward as most people say it is.. can't wait to try it! :D

RE: No suprise
By dagamer34 on 7/6/2006 12:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
The same could really be said about the DS. The DS is really just a GBA at heart with another screen and another processor. Programming-wise, it's still pretty much the same.

But of course, that's a GOOD thing. Less time to learn the system, more time to make fun games!

RE: No suprise
By aGreenAgent on 7/6/2006 12:28:32 PM , Rating: 2
It's actually new hardware, too.

It's a beefy version of the gamecube. It's all native to gamecube code, though (same machine code).

The gamecube and the wii have the same hardware the same way an original P4 and a 3.2GHz P4 are the same processor.

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