There are fresh rumours concerning Nintendo´s upcoming announcement of the Wii´s release date and pricing, courtesy of Nintendo Now and thanks to my good friends over at Go Nintendo. The former claims to have been given off the record info from a reliable source.
This source (...) informed us that there is a strong possibility that some new annoucements about the Wii will be made at the Leipzig Game Convention, which runs from August 24-27. We were also told definitively that Nintendo will hold its own show to demonstrate the Wii, which will likely be the console's final display before the launch. He did not give any details on kiosks--this does not mean there will not be any, he just did not know.
When asked about the Tokyo Game Show, our source said that Nintendo will likely not surprise anyone with a sudden appearance on the showfloor, but he was not certain whether or not further announcements were planned for the show. He did say, however, that new information was more likely to come at Leipzig.
Now, the wording in the article is a little unclear. Particularly this sentence: ´Nintendo will hold its own show to demonstrate the Wii´. Will this be a show to take place alongside the Games Convention (much like Electronic Arts pre-show to the UK´s former ECTS) or are they talking about a later date? In the latter case, where would it take place? If it was to take place in Japan, surely it would be a SpaceWorld.
At any rate, if their source is correct, then we will at least learn about that event at the Games Convention, if we don´t get any direct information concerning Wii there.
I happen to know a few things concerning the GC myself. I understand that Nintendo is again not too happy with allowing third parties to install Wii consoles on their showfloor booths. In fact, noone has been able to assure me that Wii (or PS3, for that matter) would be accessible to the public. However, I know for sure that Wii consoles will be playable in the Business Center area (for both exhibitors and media professionals). And Nintendo would be fools not to scatter dozens of Wiis across the showfloor, too, particularly after the strong E3 showing in May.
Source: Nintendo Now
Thanks to: Go Nintendo