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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 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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Not sold Till I try it
By gersson on 7/6/2006 11:32:42 AM , Rating: 2
I like the DS but mostly becuase it is superior in hardware than a GBA.

BUT, I hate using the stylus. Playing Metroid Prime Hunters is too much of a hassle -- and I've found that there's no practical way to play it. So it sits on my shelf.

I wonder if my hands will be steady enough for the Wiimote. Imagine using a mouse in the air...

I'd have to try it first, of course.




RE: Not sold Till I try it
By piroroadkill on 7/7/2006 5:27:34 AM , Rating: 2
I play Metroid Prime: Hunters using the D-Pad to look around (inverted also) and the buttons to move, and triggers to jump and fire.

I don't find it hard to play this way, and just tap the screen with my thumbnail when I need to click anything on the lower screen.


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