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Wii in November 19 for $249,99

Written by Matti Vähäkainu (Google+) @ 14 Sep 2006 7:43 User comments (34)

Wii in November 19 for $249,99 Nintendo has announced in its press events in New York and Tokyo that it's "next-gen" console Wii, will launch November 19th in the US and December 2nd in Japan. The console will cost 25,000 yen (apprx. $213) in Japan and $249.99 in the US. European launch details are going be unveiled tomorrow.
The affordable $250 package will include the Wii unit, one wireless Wii Remote controller, one Nunchuk controller and a Wii Sports game collection which includes 5 sports games in one disc. Starting from the release day, Wii will get around 30 launch titles before the end of the year. The top launch titles include Wii Sports, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Excite Truck.

While the publishers decide their Wii game prices, first party Nintendo games will have MSRP of $49.99. Wii Shop Channel will include games from earlier Nintendo platforms for download that can be played using the Virtual Console. Nintendo followed Microsoft's footsteps and is using Wii points as credits, you can buy 2000 Wii points for $20 when NES games will be available for 500 Wii points, Super NES games for 800, and Nintendo 64 for 1,000.

For more information and video footage visit www.wii.com.

Source:
Press release

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34 user comments

114.9.2006 7:51

wow really a console that launches here first that dont sound right i think there may be an error somewhere but if not that sounds really kool i have been looking forward to the wii emulators will be useless if the wii still has old game dl's

214.9.2006 7:54

hehe sry got ahead of myself hehe it will have the dl but is the only way to dl them by buying point? or maybe there will be a way to earn them im not an xbox player so i have mno ideal how points work hehe

314.9.2006 8:41

can't wait for the european release info!! Suprised by the emulator credits systems to be honest, you know what would be cool, if you could earn credits by playing online or something!

414.9.2006 8:46
hughjars
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Well at that rate it should appear in the UK at just around or just under £120. Bargain. Expect it to actually be sold at anywhere between the £150 - 250 level. Not such a bargain. .....and ffs, wii?! Talk about cripple your product before it even gets a chance. Idiots.

514.9.2006 10:29

hughjars, what are you talking about?

614.9.2006 12:22

£150 that my boys xmas boxed off. couple of games, another pad/remote £250 thatll do for me. thank you ninty

714.9.2006 13:42

Games Stop still not taking preorders where I am yet. toysrus is no help. best buy is lagging, and circuit city doesn't know either.

Sheesh. I hope corporate from one of these places will hurry up and give the okay for preorders, because I'm sick of waiting.

814.9.2006 15:04
hughjars
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What are you having trouble with DVDBack23? The way the price will be a rip-off here in the UK (and nothing remotely like a straight conversion of the US $ rate announced) or the idiotic name?

914.9.2006 15:58

They aren't taking pre-orders, because Nintendo hasn't confirmed quanitities to individual retailers. It's good, because I don't want to place an order, and have a shortage. There are few things on earth that frustrating. I'd rather KNOW that the quantities will be available.

1014.9.2006 15:58

Here is ALL the info: http://www.gamespot.com/events/wiilaunch/story.html?sid=6157575 Scroll down a little bit and watch the video of the press conference. Theres some really cool stuff they show off, looks like it has lots of potential. The only bad news (i think) is that an extra "wii-mote" costs $39.99, and an extra "nunchaku" controller is $19.99. Thats $60 for one complete controller. Yikes.

1114.9.2006 18:51

i dont think they will have any probs making them as its realy just a suped up gamecube, and they have had quitw some time to make them

1215.9.2006 8:26

£179 in europe on Dec. 8 And for all the aussie's down under, the wii is coming december 7, for $399.95 (AUD).

1315.9.2006 10:40

Quote:
What are you having trouble with DVDBack23?

The way the price will be a rip-off here in the UK (and nothing remotely like a straight conversion of the US $ rate announced) or the idiotic name?
And what fanboy are you, xbox or ps? lol

1415.9.2006 12:06

hughjars release the fan boy within *L* I am kidding,most have already set the price for the UK do you see this differently? In all 250 and 50 a game are nice price sets. I wonder if nintendo will give up on DVI in acouple years and make the new version without DVI or something like they just started doing to the GC 0-o I think Nintendo is a bit short sighted with skiping High def outputs.....

1515.9.2006 12:06
hughjars
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Ah yes DVDBack23, silly me. Imagine anyone looking at any of this stuff beyond the usual single dimension of 'fan-boy-ism'.

1615.9.2006 12:10

hughjars you and handsom have to water down uurrrr writing skills a bit you guys are just to smart for most people here to understand you are soughing at the tech/abilities of the console not being a "fanboy" ^^

1715.9.2006 12:25

well, put some facts down then...im not a fanboy of any system but i dont see how a system that 50% the price of the competitors and is very innovative is a "rip off". So what it doesnt have HD-DVD or blueray...


1815.9.2006 12:26

Quote:
Nintendo followed Microsoft's footsteps and is using Wii points as credits, you can buy 2000 Wii points for $20 when NES games will be available for 500 Wii points, Super NES games for 800, and Nintendo 64 for 1,000.
That sounds reasonable.

1915.9.2006 12:35

DVDBack23
As I said I believe he's bitch about the price scheme the UK has,gaming has been uping the UKs inflation and it might go up another 10-20% or so becue of it.
at least thats wht I think hes talking about.


As for me the 360 is a Frankenstein poorly put togather a horried launch I got pissed and got a Xbox becuse it was so badly done in a year the system will be OK but not worth more than 200 for the "whole" system.

The PS3 has more potential than the 360 but they are having a rough time right now with alot of things and its not even launched yet,and the price is 200 more than I a willing to pay for the whole thing,Sony's arrogance is showing again unlike the 360 whitch I can forget for a year or 2 then come back to the PS3 is something I want to keep an eye on.

Wii is not perfect but compared to the other systems it is perfect 0-o

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2015.9.2006 12:46

well said, thank you zippy, i dont really want a flame war, i just like to hear facts, not "its idiotic". :)


2115.9.2006 12:52

DVDBack23
I might loath the Blade moives for being trendy tripe but I only hate the 360 2 main reasons 1 full BWC do they not understand they have a hge library of Xbox games they could float the system on while they get the 360 games out..I guess not they preferred everything but a great launch..

the other reason I hate the 360 is games because of no full BWC you get a handful of mediocre and worse games because they rushed....so I would rather spend 120$ on a Xbox and 6 games 1 pad,1 mem 1 ,light gun than waste 400 more on a system I would not be happy with.


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2315.9.2006 13:44
hughjars
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Aaaah, ok, I get you now. Sorry if I wasn't clear. Zippy is 100% on the money. My original comments were intended as a complaint against what will be the $ translation into British £. It's almost inevitable (and certainly pretty usual) that the price will be a gross inflation compared to what the other big markets get charged (that was what I meant by a straight US $ conversion). As for my "idiots" comment that was a passing remark about what I consider to be the really dumb name Nintendo have given this 'system'. In most of the English-speaking countries I know of a wii (or wee) is a fairly polite slang name for piss. As in 'having a wee' or 'going for a wee' or 'need to have a wee' etc etc. I was most certainly not calling you DVDBack23 or anyone else an idiot.

2415.9.2006 14:10

understood hugh, i never took ur comment directed at me ;)

I dont know about inflated prices in UK, but IMO the price is very reasonable in USD.

Yes the name does sound funny, but you have to figure it means something in japanese, lol :)


2515.9.2006 14:34
hughjars
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It's a strange thing. If they were to just sell them at or very close to the US price here (approx £120) they'd clean up. But at £170 - 180 I dunno, I think a lot of the older buyers who might have bought one will be looking elsewhere at that price.

2615.9.2006 15:00

DVDBack23 Sorry but Blade is my most hated Comic movie,I know the movie did well and has fans that are non comic peeps but meh 0_o I am a die hard nightstalkers/Blade fan and the movie is a preppy front to a great dark marvel comic... I am hoping Ghost rider will be good..but.....its hollywood I dout *L* Actually WII is WE as in US as in all gamers. thats the gimmik they went for. hughjars Wii's name is a gimmick like Ipod,I like the Revelations name ahell of alot more but meh thats just me *L*

2715.9.2006 15:08
hughjars
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Yeah, agree.
Revolution was a far smarter name.

Bit like the megadrive was, IIRC, originally to be called Genesis.

Probably another copyright issue with someone else using the name first or planning to.

2915.9.2006 15:35
hughjars
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Ah yes, I'd forgotten that.

*walks off mumbling and bitching about how Americans get all the best deals and cool stuff*

:lol: jk

3015.9.2006 19:27

Sounds like your average console with wifi technology. For me being in OZ I'll just wait till akk the latest consoles are going to be out and then wait even another month to make sure there are no call backs due to bugs and etc... Its amazing how far console gaming has come since the 80's. :)

3120.9.2006 14:05

The megadrive and the genesis were two completely different systems, both were launched in the US, Megadrive first, then Genesis.

And thusfar, while I own a 360, I do plan to get a Wii.

The title's meaning though, I can shed some light on that.

WII is the japanese name for a constellation, which has some association with happiness or joy. And the "ii" is a symbol for happiness, hence forth, the title is to symbolize happiness and joy. It is a brilliant title for Japan, and a somewhat unfortunate incident that they didn't give a different title elsewhere, as they have with their past systems. Although, truthfully, it is a 'happy' name, which is apparently what they were going for... Even if it is slightly stupid.




"Its not stupid, its advanced!" - The Almighty Tallest, Invader Zim

3220.9.2006 16:15

handsom
wow its not just a gimmicky name it dose have a japanase meaning ^^

I hope to get sat DSL son with in acouple weeks installer already came to find where to put it just need to wait till I got the cash to pay him for a custom isntall damn large ass dish *L*


I hope to get my hands n a copy of rosetta stone sometime too and learn basic japanase,I wonder if they make a English version god knows I need help in that depo ><


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3327.9.2006 11:10

I'm sure you can find a few easy japanese translation sites. Also, if you check ebay, there is a flash card game/book series to teach you kanji, and some of the other basic forms of japanese very quickly, starting with the USEFUL basic dialogue. "I'm sorry sir, for I have farted cheese into your mullet." is not useful, and seems to be about the level most these tools use, I'll have to see if I can find them for you, they are GREAT resources that help FAST.

Once you get down the USEFUL basics, filling in the rest becomes second nature, and you'll learn quickly, I started doing this while going through a certain anime series that just hit the US a few months ago.... I don't like to wait.




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3427.9.2006 17:56

handsom
I know the rosttea stuff will help me better with japanase..but I need something to mobetter my engrish ><
gggaaaaa my brain might e to fried ><


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