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Wii to Launch Nov. 19th for $250 495

PygmySurfer writes "According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Nintendo is going to announce today that the Wii will go on sale on November 19th in North and South America, at a cost of $250. It will come bundled with Wii Sports and channels for such things as viewing photos, as well as news and weather. Finally, Wii will also make it possible to browse the web on your television. Nintendo will also announce that 25-30 games will be published this year, as well as about 30 classic games available on the virtual console, costing about $5-10."
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Wii to Launch Nov. 19th for $250

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  • From IGN (Score:5, Informative)

    by Phaed ( 953768 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @01:40AM (#16101803)
    Since the original link seems to be dead - []
  • Re:From IGN (Score:3, Informative)

    by ImaLamer ( 260199 ) <> on Thursday September 14, 2006 @01:47AM (#16101840) Homepage Journal
    I was worried that this was just a tease. I'd like to see it for $250, I might even get it to keep the 360 company for that price. Not much to throw at a device that promises so much - however I've just built a PC for about 800 USD that has most of those features except the sweet control wand. You know, I do have one of those Gyro mice; anyone wanna write me a WoW addon? Mouse gestures end up being similar.
  • Re:WTF? (Score:4, Informative)

    by buswolley ( 591500 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @01:49AM (#16101847) Journal
    The New York Times apparently broke an embargo and released the date and price early. Personally, I was still hoping for $150. Their mistake.
  • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Informative)

    by AuMatar ( 183847 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @01:53AM (#16101860)
    I don't think its a mistake. Its 2-3 times the power of a gamecube, which still goes for $100. It comes with a game. ANd its still priced 150 under its nerest competitor, 350 below the PS3. 250 with a game is just about right- discount the $50 game and its the $200 unbundled that everyone expected.
  • Article pulled (Score:3, Informative)

    by 12ahead ( 586157 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @01:56AM (#16101872)
    The Article has been pulled. Whether that adds to the credibility of the info or not should all be clear later today when the Japan press conference [] is over or after the press conference in the US tomorrow.
  • from Joystiq (Score:4, Informative)

    by drwiii ( 434 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @02:01AM (#16101891)
    1:55 p.m. [update 8]: And the other shoe drops. Famitsu is reporting a December 2 launch and 25,000 yen price for Japan. $215 USD
  • Re:$250??? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Pacifist Brawler ( 987348 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @02:12AM (#16101954)
    I don't know where you're getting $60 for a controller for any of these (360 is $40 or $50, we haven't seen a per controller price-point for the Wii or PS3 that I know of). Also, 360 Premium at list price is $400. Besides, if Wii comes with a game why do you then need to buy a game???
  • by Korin43 ( 881732 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @02:17AM (#16101986) Homepage
    No no no.. The Wii name is still stupid. What makes it good is that: 1. It's $350 cheaper than the PS3 2. It has a Wiimote (which is fun to say and almost makes up for naming the console the Wii) 3. I'll be able to play old NES games without 5 adapters 4. It's not made by an evil company - Does anyone still like Sony? 5. Oh yeah, and it's $350 cheaper than the PS3 Note that the 360 isn't even worth factoring into this because it's already shown that it's an overhyped piece of junk.
  • Re:WTF? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 14, 2006 @02:19AM (#16101998)
    Nintendo gets Wii ready for holidays
    Company plans to put console on market Nov. 19


    In a move that may allow Nintendo of Japan to take advantage of stumbles by its main rival, the company plans to announce today that it will release its new Wii video-game console in North and South America on Nov. 19, just as the holiday shopping season begins, and that the machine will cost $250 in the United States.

    Nintendo executives said this week that the company also would announce today that more than 25 new games would be available for its video-game machine this year, a substantial portfolio from several genres that is intended to help the company broaden the appeal of its console. The company plans to ship 4 million of the Wii consoles worldwide this year.

    Nintendo also will explain today a plan to expand the video-game market beyond its core of young men.

    Today's announcement comes as Nintendo's main rival, Sony, has been forced to delay and scale back the introduction of its own game machine, the PlayStation 3, at least twice amid serious troubles with that company's new Blu-ray Disc technology.

    Last week, Sony said that the PlayStation 3 would not be introduced in Europe until 2007 and that it would ship millions fewer units worldwide this year than it had promised. The top version of the PlayStation 3 is expected to cost around $600.

    Another competitor, Microsoft, has sold more than 5 million of the Xbox 360 game console since its introduction in 2005 and hopes to sell more than 10 million by year's end.

    Nintendo's Wii (pronounced we) is less technically ambitious than Sony's PS3, which is why it will cost far less and be far more available in stores this holiday season. To market the Wii, Nintendo hopes to make up in innovation and accessibility what the machine lacks in sheer silicon horsepower.

    Nintendo is No. 3 in the console video game market, behind Sony and Microsoft. But while those competitors have largely focused on appealing to hard-core gamers, Nintendo is now trying to appeal to a broader audience.

    "Our goal is to bring gaming back to the masses," Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, said in a telephone interview. "You see that in our pricing, you see that in the number of units we plan to make available this year and you see that in how we are positioning the Wii to appeal to every member of the household, including but not limited to the hard-core gamer."

    The Wii's major innovation is a wireless controller that the user can tilt and point to produce action on the screen. In a sword-fighting game, for instance, the player can simply swing the controller to thrust and parry with an on-screen blade; there is no need to master the complicated combinations of buttons and triggers that make many video games so intimidating to the reflex-challenged.

    Nintendo intends to announce today that every Wii will come with a game compilation called Wii Sports -- including tennis, golf, baseball and bowling -- meant to show off the machine's intuitive controls. (Most consoles, including Nintendo's GameCube, do not come with games included.)

    Nintendo plans to announce that 25 to 30 top-tier games will be available for the Wii this year. The most-anticipated game comes from Nintendo itself: an installment of the long-running "Legend of Zelda" series, "Twilight Princess."

    Nintendo also will deliver a driving game called "Excite Truck" this year but will likely provide a minor disappointment to gamers in saying the next version of the popular "Mario" franchise will not arrive until 2007.

    Nintendo intends to charge $50 for its Wii games, $10 less than the standard price for Xbox 360 titles and the same price generally charged for GameCube games.

    Top games expected to be introduced for the Wii this year from third-party publishers include a version of "Madden NFL" from Electronic Arts, the sword-fighting game "Red Steel" from Ubisoft
  • Re:Letdown. (Score:3, Informative)

    by PoderOmega ( 677170 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @02:31AM (#16102048)
    Can you post a link where Nintendo ever lied about the price? I think you have mistaken industry guestimates with offical Nintendo statements.
  • (Score:5, Informative)

    by Frag-A-Muffin ( 5490 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @02:33AM (#16102054) Homepage
    is now live!!! []

  • Exchange rates? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Pacifist Brawler ( 987348 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @02:34AM (#16102064)
    SNES US release date: Aug 21, 1991 Exchange rate: 1991-08-01 136.82 yen/USD
    N64 US relase date: Sept 29, 1996 Exchange rate: 1996-10-01 112.41 yen/USD
    Gamecube US release date: Nov 18, 2001 Exchange rate: 2001-12-01 127.59 yen/USD
    Wii US release date: Nov 19, 2006 Exchange rate: 2006-09-13 117.47 yen/USD

    So, yes a good guess for the launch price would be 200 USD.

    However, various sources [] disagree.
  • Re:Letdown. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anthony Boyd ( 242971 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @03:23AM (#16102242) Homepage

    According to this press release [], no game is included.


  • Re:No Nunchuk? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Z80a ( 971949 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @04:44AM (#16102476)
    direct from the stream stuff: 2:06 a.m. EST [update 10]: The press release is up. It lists the contents of the Wii box: Wii console, Wii remote (w/ strap), nunchuck attachment, Wii AC adaptor, Wii A/V cable, Wii console stand(?), sensor bar, sensor bar stand and two AA batteries. Also, it seems the 25,000 yen price includes tax.
  • Re:Wii or calculus (Score:2, Informative)

    by Lordpidey ( 942444 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @05:25AM (#16102581) Homepage
    I remember reading somewhere that the Wii can output to VGA. Found it, [] halfway down the screen.
  • $5 per game (Score:2, Informative)

    by Peter Bonte ( 919202 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @06:49AM (#16102780)
    Classic games are $5-10 and i beleve Apple is setting a new price for oldschool games with there $5 pricepoint for iPod games, $5 is clearly the sweet spot for casual games.
  • Re:No way (Score:3, Informative)

    by KillerBob ( 217953 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @09:19AM (#16103556)
    You're right... they aren't being innovative. They're going back to the 1980's with some of their thinking... Specifically... a game console for everybody (FamiCom anybody?), at a price that a huge portion of the market can easily afford. Oh, and cheaper games, too.

    See... Nintendo has realized that you don't need high quality graphics to have fun. Don't get me wrong, I don't doubt that the graphics in the Wii will be much improved over their older offerings, but they don't need to break the bank on an 8-core graphics processor that costs more than the rest of the system put together. Instead... they're focusing on making the games fun, and accessable. What a novel concept.

    Where's the innovation? Where's the need for innovation? They've taken a page from Apple and thrown in an iTMS-like ROM download service. Last I checked, you can't download old XBox games for $5 from XBox Live. Do you honestly think that the price is going to remain constant, or that the 30 games they're announcing today are going to be it, forever, never to be increased? They've taken a page from WebTV, too. They've designed the thing so that you can browse the Internet with it. Why not? If there's an online service to purchase/download old games, it's connected to the 'net anyway. Neither of these are actual innovations, but can you please point me to another game console that implements these features and costs less than $300, taxes included? (and comes with a game...)

    And the Wii-mote looks pretty fun to me. I'm looking forward to messing up my friends' game by grabbing and shaking his arm while we're in competition, or playing that sword game with it. Even that type of controller isn't a *new* idea... you've been able to buy computer mice that use the same technology for over 10 years.
  • Re:WTF? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Wdomburg ( 141264 ) on Thursday September 14, 2006 @09:48AM (#16103880)
    Now lets look at the Wii: It doesn't have a hard drive, just like the core, it doesn't come with HD video cables, just like the core, it doesn't include a headset, just like the core, so the only thing left is the wired/wireless controller and we don't know for sure yet what the Wii will include (however if E3 is any indication they do make both versions and I wouldn't put it past them including the wired version).

    Yeah, but it comes with 512MB built-in flash, and will take bog standard SD cards for expansion. Add an extra $40 there just to get a 64MB card so you can save games (cursing under your breath that if it used standard flash you could get 1GB for the same price).

    Wii also does wireless networking out of the box. Add another $100 for the adapter on the core.

    Noone's been speculating they won't include the Wii Remote. It's the centerpiece of the new system. Whether they'll include the wired "classic" controller is the only thing in the air. So, add another $50 for a wireless controller to bring the Core system up to par.

    Then there's the bundled game. Add another $20 to get even a budget title on the XBox side.

    That brings up to a grand total of an extra $210 to rectify the most glaring ommisions in the Core system. Of course, since we're talking two systems it's impossible to make them perfectly equivilent; the 360 is still pretty certainly the more powerful system and supports HD output, while the Wii has it's unique controller features and hints of some interesting console features (the "channels" whatever they are, built-in browser, etc).

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