Here´s an interesting question: Who do you trust more? CNN Money or the Daily Telegraph? Both media claim to have inside information on the Wii´s launch date. British newspaper The Daily Telegraph writes:
Two dozen games will be available when the machine is launched in Britain at the end of November.
Now, end of November is later than most punters expected. Meanwhile, CNN Money claims that the Wii will actually launch much earlier than experts predicted. They write:
Industry observers - and insiders - say they expect the system to be available in October, with late September a dark horse candidate.
Now, while CNN actually goes into more detail about console production and even cites a reputable industry analyst, Nintendo denied that they had moved the launch to September. The third quarter was out of the question, a spokesman told Bloomberg:
"There's no change in our plan to release the console in the last quarter of this year," Yasuhiro Minagawa, a spokesman for the Kyoto-based company, said in a telephone interview today. "We are planning an announcement in September and it may be causing some confusion."
As much as I would like to believe CNN Money, Iwata painted a very different picture at the E3. In my interview, he told me that they will happily push back the launch until they have a sufficient software portfolio to support the launch of the hardware. This is a lesson most likely learned from the GameCube´s launch. Also, Nintendo really believes to be in no competition to Sony, both with regard to reaching a new audience and with regard to their completely different pricing strategy. So I believe that the Wii will launch no earlier than November.
That comment about the launch announcement causing confusion is just too cryptic for my liking. I am ready to be surprised, even confused by a last hardware secret. But how a launch date announcement could be confusing is beyond me. Even if they scheduled a press conference and told everyone the console would launch the next day (much like Apple launch their products) this would not be confusing to people. The only launch statement that would be confusing would be to announce more than one date or, even, announce that the console had already launched. While that´s confusing, it doesn´t make much sense. So I´m back to square one.
Sources: The Daily Telegraph, CNN Money
Thanks to: Nintendogal, GoNintendo