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    NEW YORK ( -- Nintendo has stated numerous times that its next generation video game machine will be less expensive than the competition. Now it appears that it might be on store shelves considerably earlier than many were expecting as well.

    While Nintendo has not made any formal announcements about the launch date for the Wii, most of the industry has expected the machine to hit retail at approximately the same time as Sony's PlayStation 3 (which is set for November 17). Now, industry observers - and insiders - say they expect the system to be available in October, with late September a dark horse candidate.
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    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 (Charts), 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.)

    "October is a reasonable timeframe," wrote McNealy.

    Nintendo has downplayed any suggested dates. Other industry insiders, who asked not to be named, though, said they, too, are expecting a September or October launch for the Wii.

    Early manufacturing will certainly help Nintendo do a better job of meeting consumer demand. New console launches traditionally sell out fast. Because of manufacturing problems, Microsoft (Charts) was not able to come anywhere close to meeting worldwide demand. Widespread shortages of the PlayStation 3 are also expected. Nintendo, like Sony, has given guidance that it expects to ship 6 million units by March 2007.

    A pre-November launch wouldn't be an unusual move for the company. In fact, it was only with the GameCube that the company opted for a November release for a home system. The NES, which established the company as a force in the gaming space, was released in the U.S. on Oct. 18, 1985. The Nintendo 64 dropped on Sept. 29, 1996.

    Pricing for the Wii remains a question mark, but the most likely price points are $199 or $249. That would put it considerably below the PS3, which will sell two versions for $499 and $599. Microsoft is not expected to cut the prices of the two versions of the Xbox 360, which currently cost $299 and $399.

    That price would also be closer to the sweet spot for mainstream consumers, which the company has said is its primary target this generation. The Wii breaks many of the video game industry's traditional rules for a "next generation" console. Graphics on games that have been shown to media are not dramatically better than those found on GameCube games - and the system will not support high definition video, unlike its competitors who are using the move to HDTVs as a major part of their system. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has also vowed to keep game prices lower than the $60 price tag for many Xbox 360 games (a price that's expected to be mirrored for many PS3 titles).

    The most unusual aspect of the Wii, however, is its controller, which resembles a television remote-control. Instead of worrying about which button or which thumbstick corresponds to which action, Wii players will simply move their hands and wrists. That movement is then translated into onscreen movements. The remote also features two prominent buttons where the player's thumb and forefinger will rest.

    Nintendo also has yet to announce the full list of games that will launch alongside the Wii, though it has confirmed "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" and "Metroid Prime 3: Corruption" - the latest installments in two of the company's premier franchises - will be available on day one. A new Mario game - "Super Mario Galaxy" - is deep in development, but will most likely come out after the Wii has launched.

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  • #2
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    That's cool. The Wii is the first new console I've looked forward to in a while. The 360 and PS3 are simply too expensive to justify.


    • #3
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      I just can't wait to get my hands on one, I still want to know about the virtual console, they really haven't gone into depth about it yet. I like most of the titles I've seen so far, of course red steel being favored by me, along with super mario galaxy, and wii sports, etc. I still want to know if goldeneye will be available for it, or killer instinct anyone?


      • #4
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        Since it's going to be so cheap, who wants to buy me one? :)


        • #5
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          I'll buy you one, just send me the money and I'll pick it up ;)


          • #6
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            Ah ever resourceful and (sometimes OVER) innovative Nintendo...

            I'll be jumping to the nearest store to get one of these. I have a VERY strong feeling that this console will actually get me, my parents, maybe even my grandmother, and my girlfriend playing games again. The only games any of them were really able to handle were the classics, Super Mario World being an all time favorite of everyone. The problem with recent stuff is that its all too god damn complicated to learn. Dual analog sticks REALLY SCARE TECH-IGNORANT PEOPLE.

            "So basically, this stick controls allows you to move the characters eyes and this one controls its forward-backward-movement as well as sidestepping, now you need to use both sticks at the same time constantly while pressing these other buttons to aim at guys. To open a door you need to press A next to it, to fire you need to press the right firing trigger, to aim you need to hold down the left trigger and get the crosshair which you move with the stick for looking with, to slash up with your sword press B, to slash down press Y, and to beat up the guy at close range press A when you are near him."

            *dumbfounded stare of what-the-bleep-did-he-just-say-and-where-is-the-Y-button?*

            "okay take this remote, aim it at what you want to kill and press the trigger on it to shoot it, then move it like you would to open a door to open a door, when you press the sword button swing the remote like a sword, if you want to punch the guy in the face at close range jab the controller forward. This little doohicky in your other hand will let you move back and forth."

            *confused but brave individual takes the familiar looking remote and finds it logical how to play*

            I really think we have a winner in that department.

            I mean I never realized how complicated a FPS nowadays was until I tried to explain to my girlfriend how to play James Bond, she now hates it just because it's so hard to do anything. She can't be bothered to learn nonsensical controls, games are a past time like movies that are fun sometimes but aren't always.

            All Nintendo needs right now is a Nintendogs accessible game for everyone and this console could make inroads in places I'd never expect.

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            • #7
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              That will make Nintendo the winner this Christmas. I assume there will be a Mario title at launch?


              • #8
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                Originally posted by Mateo
                I assume there will be a Mario title at launch?
                I can 100% guarantee that there will be a Mario title at launch.


                • #9
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                  I think alot of the games they showed at e3 were launch titles. *I think*

                  so what color are you going to get?




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