Saturday, August 12, 2006

European Wii launch: November 27th?



The Wii may launch after the PS3 in Europe. A photo of a banner inside French supermarket chain Auchan notes the launch date as November 27th.

GoNintendo has the scoop.



I would guess that this rumour could well be true. It´s one thing to post tentative launch dates on a website. But before a supermarket chain, comparable in size to Walmart, prints pre-order banners, you make sure that the date is correct.

Also, Nintendo have never really committed to a simultaneous launch, though they have openly thought about it. So a later launch in Europe could still mean that Wii will launch earlier than PS3 in Japan and North America.

EDIT Interestingly enough, Auchan´s Wii pre-order page only mentions that the console will launch at the end of the year.

Source: GoNintendo
Thanks to: Anonymous

52 comments:

dsss said...

Sorry, but pn18 already said it is November 10th. November 27th is a Monday on which NoE doesn't release any products. This release is absolutely correct and I got it confirmed from different sources.

November 9th is the US date, I got confirmation from someone at Codemasters, that was also hinted at in that press release. (oh sorry, we're OUT OF SPACE) Out of Space was a music single which was released on November 9th 199X (don't know the exact year).

As far as I know the Japanese launch will be on Ocotber 30th

Falafelkid said...

Hi dsss.

Can you give us some info on those sources you mentioned for the European release?

Also, do you know why pn18 thought it was November 10th? That might just have been a guess, since he posted no more than the date, if I remember correctly.

Again, why would such a big supermarket chain get it wrong on those banners?

dsss said...

Sorry, I am only able to mention certain company names. I asked a source from Codemasters who confirmed the US and EU date. Then someone from EA, he meant Nintendo wasn't happy that they had November 9th in their releaselists for Wii games (this was changed soon after I talked to him), but he thought it was good that some know the releasedate now.
(EA had November 9th for their European launch games in a release list, as they release their games on Thursdays)

Well, pn18 probably knew it. It is common knowledge that NoE release products only on Friday nowerdays and that it will be available in November. This means they had four days, but they didn't want to launch after or with PS3, so only 2 days. Then it was November 10th because it is one day after US launch (why don't they release it on a Sunday over there?) and not too late or too early. I would guess he knew the date, his post seemed like he wanted to tell us a fact.

@French banner
Don't know, but that day is absolutely impossible due to the fact it's a Monday.


Do you know whether Mario Smash Football 2 will be a launch title?

ColdBlooder said...

*omg* smash football 2 as a launch title would be very nice for me... but very bad for my bank account, lol. i loved the first one. i hope that i will have 300 euros prepared AT LEAST for the launch. i have to start to save my money now or it won´t happen (i´m currently looking for a job wich is VERY difficult in germany :-( )

Carmine M. Red said...

Hey Falafelkid! Good news!

According to:
http://www.codenamerevolution.com/?p=1465
IGN's podcast has just corroborated your report of there being a Wii Star Wars lightsaber game in development!

And I quote Codenamerevolution, who are reporting on Wii.ign.com's podcast:

"IGN revealed some new Wii info in the latest podcast, they are the following:

At Leipzig we’ll see games from ‘another system’ shifting to the Wii. 6-8 THQ games are in development for the Wii (and possibly all for launch). Next week THQ is having a Wii-only Event that will show off games like Spongebob. IGN confirms that a Star Wars lightsaber game is in fact in development. Metroid Prime 3 might be delayed and may not ready for launch day (could just be for the launch window). According to IGN it looks like there will be no Dragon Quest at launch. Also IGN confirms that Excite Truck is a launch game."

Here's the link to IGN's podcast:
http://wii.ign.com/articles/725/725324p1.html

Oh happy day!

~Carmine M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

Astrality said...

They say that they know the Wii will be available at the end of 2006 (no dates are given) and to come back for updates. They just chose a random date to begin their pre-order campaign, that’s all.

Anonymous said...

If this French chain is as big as Wal-Mart, then there's a good chance they're as retarded as some of the big American chains. Like Target, who for the longest time listed the DS as the "GBA DS" on their website and had a discount coupon in one of their Sunday ads for "Metroids DS". I wouldn't take this with a 20-and-a-half foot grain of salt.

return-of-the-ials said...

I have destroyed you,your overconfidence and everything you stand for with a little bit of humor and an ill video.

I know you know that 99% of what I said is true you just dont come to terms with it and cant acknowledge it because you fall for Nintendo.

The truth hurts Falafelkid.
You aint pulling a fast one on me.
Its was crystal clear ever since you first started this blog,ever since you came up with your hilarious overenthusiastic theories
,pink video confessions,and Nintendo defending comments that you are a biased fanatic fanboy and hopelessly commited or should I say addicted coeval.
I can see behind your curtain.
I know what lurs beneath your hard- -straight-wannabe- proffessional- journalist- shell- facade that is to say a soft snuggling Peter Pan who doesn't want to grow up and experience Grand Turismo.
Its obvious that you like to entrench yourself in your cute Pikachu world and seclude yourself of the truth.
Its also obvious that you took great pains and time to respond to my arguments.
That alone speaks volumes about how much the truth really hurts you.
You are trying too hard I'm afraid to say.
Why should I repeat my self thousand times?
All the arguments that Ciosc and IALS brought up speak for themselve.
All you were able to accomplish was merly picking on tiny details that you either misunderstood like "Nintendo Japan published" or that I mistyped for some reason!
End of debate.
Falafelkid I would like to continue the tradition :

Gegen mich und den Cioscmän bist du nichts als ein Tropfen auf dem heissen Stein und..!..:) sowas wie dich rauch ich doch abermals in der Pfeife.


Cheers


-IALS

dsss said...

That person is annoying...

return-of-the-ials said...

Shift lanes Fluff,..shift lanes..


-IALS

Falafelkid said...

Hi dsss.

That person is annoying...

I don´t know. I´m having quite a laugh at him not being able to counter our arguments and, once again, returning to insults. It´s what little kids do, I guess. But they´re just sooooo cute when they´re angry *lol*

ColdBlooder said...

wenn wir das unmögliche ausschliessen, ist das, was übrigbleibt, so unwarscheinlich es auch sein mag, hochgradig warscheinlich... (sherlock holmes)

heisst bei IALS soviel wie... er ist (zumindest im geiste) ein kind... alles andere wäre nämlich unmöglich...

(sorry for all non german speaking people who read this, but its late and very complicate to translate)

Anonymous said...

Coldblooder du Spaßt alter
:)

ColdBlooder said...

i´m sorry, but i´m too grown up to get angry just because of insults.

Falafelkid said...

Hi Coldblooder.

i´m sorry, but i´m too grown up to get angry just because of insults.

Same here. In fact, IALS gave me so many laughs recently... Comparing Kirby to Samus and his rants about ´Grand Turismo´ being an adult game brought many a joyful tear to my eye.

return-of-the-ials said...

Look Falafelkid,
I have played more Nintendo games
than you ever will,I have beaten more Zelda,Mario,Metroid bosses than 90% of the people that come and visit this spot!

What do you want to tell me ?
Do you think I hate Nintendo?
Do you think I want them to loose?
NO!
Everything I ever said regarding Nintendo was meant to wake them up out of their brainwashed state!

I take a look at my life and pace trails from Nintendo to Sony to Micro.
Industry topics and views generally concerend about AND with different ways to coincide earned clout!

I want Nintendo to succeed !I grew up with Nintendo!
We did everything together!
Brain Age is a step in the right direction.Just as old school mario bros. is a great revival!
You know, you always accuse me of pulling heat over nothing but.....
see all I'm really trying to do is making people aware of the problems that surround Nintendo and which prevented them from claiming the throne ever since Sony entered the market!
You simply have to acknowladge that Sony hit the nail on the head in the home console sector with PS1 and PS2!
Sony will unquestionably have lots of hurdles to overcome with PS3..
Whatever you know!Its not about Sony!Again,its just about making Nintendo aware of their problems!What is wrong with that?Nintendo needs to get their act together if they want to compete againv and therefore they need to cover all genres and tastes and find a better balance between there styles.
They are too similiar and too sequelized I'm afraid.
Nintendo needs to take a leaf out of Sonys book cause they pulled it off in the home console sector.And thats exactly what Microsoft is doing by all means neccessary.
Matter of fact is Sony has been number 1 for two generations and deservedly so.Accept that.

-IALS

ColdBlooder said...

well, i usually don´t read his posts since about 6 month (or even longer) when he started to annoy anyone, so i don´t know what kind of weird stuff he (or maybe she???) wrote...

oh and a quick question...

can we expect to see something from wii at rtl2 news?

Falafelkid said...

Okay, IALS. You finally sound somewhat reasonable (though your interpretation of why I take the time to respond to people is laughable - think again, there is another possible reason much closer to home).

Noone here has ever denied that Sony has been market leader in the home console business - and deservedly so, of course. Last Christmas, the PS2´s slim incarnation at a very reasonable pricepoint combined with a fantastic software offering of Eye Toy, Singstar and Buzz - and made that package the top seller in its category. I don´t think Sony ever sold as many PS2 consoles as they did last holiday season. Again, noone has ever denied that.

At the same time, it´s obvious you never really read our lenghty replies to your trolling, which is precisely what you were doing. So let´s just leave it at that, okay?

Falafelkid said...

Hi Coldblooder

can we expect to see something from wii at rtl2 news?

Yes. I will file reports on both Wednesday, 23rd, and Thursday, 24th of August.

The first one should feature David Reeves, CEO of SCEE, an equally high-ranking Nintendo exec (yet to be named) and possibly Sid Meier, Creative Director at Firaxis.

The second should feature Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubi Soft, and Gabe Newell, Managing Director of Valve Software.

i don´t know what kind of weird stuff he (or maybe she???) wrote...

Who knows? And who cares? IALS could be living in or near Ismaningen in Bavaria for all I care.

return-of-the-ials said...

Sorry Falafelkid but pretending that all I did was trolling again is almost like you pretending that your hilarious "Why 3D projection makes sense" theory comes true I'm afraid to say.

Also regarding Gran Turismo.
Come on you cant be so naive to take it literally when I say Gran Turismo is mature.
Gran Turismo APPEALS to mature audiences principally because it is an accurate expression of real life cars and driving.
You know just as good as I do that simulations generally appeal to older audiences.
We need to stop being at cross-purposes please!
Thanx for your attention

-THE IALS

return-of-the-ials said...

Good guess Falafelkid :)


-IALS

Falafelkid said...

Yeah, yeah. Whatever. I´m tired of reading your stuff, because you don´t even bother to reply to what I and many others have written.

It´s like playing chess with someone, you carefully considering your moves when they just flip over the board and throw all the pieces in your face. Okay, IALS. Whatever.

Falafelkid said...

*yawn*

return-of-the-ials said...

Ok,You shall have the final say of the day but the jury is still out!


muhahahahahahaha

MUUUhahahahahahahaha


Warning this message will be deleted in 10,9,8....

Falafelkid said...

You telling me that the jury is still out is like Adam Sandler telling everyone that he might get an Oscar next time.

return-of-the-ials said...

Flaffi alter gibs auf okay!
Für den hast du viel zu lang gebraucht!
The timing was just not right this time around.
Dein Gelaber hat seinen Zweck erfüllt für heute okay!

Peace

-IALS

ColdBlooder said...

someone needs to invent a time machine, so i can buy IALS parent´s some condoms...

Falafelkid said...

Hi Coldblooder.

Almost fell off my chair laughing. And speaking of this unfortunate creature´s conception, here´s one for you:

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: How tall are you, private?

IALS: Sir, five-foot-nine, sir!

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Five-foot-nine?! I didn't know they stacked shit that high. You trying to squeeze an inch in on me somewhere, huh?!

IALS: Sir, no, sir!

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit! It looks to me like the best part of you slid down the crack of your momma's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress! I think you've been cheated!

Falafelkid said...

Now, here is truly bizarre news, courtesy of Joystiq.

Dana Jongewaard, editor of Official PlayStation Magazine, won´t be getting a PS3 because it´s too expensive, she says on her 1UP blog. Instead, she´ll be buying an Xbox360. Here´s what she says:

When I know that a console's direct competitors cost two-thirds or half of that price, it becomes harder for me to justify shelling out that kind of money. $600 might be worth it if there were several huge titles on the near horizon that were PS3-exclusive. But for the first year at least, there are very few big titles that are PS3 exclusive. GTA4 and Assassins will be available for the 360 at the same time.

The other big reason for people to shell out $600, BluRay, is frankly something I don't care about. So ultimately, I can't justify it. $600 is a lot of money, especially when I can get what -- for me at least -- will be a very similar experience for $400. I would like to own a PS3, and I hope that the price drops soon so I can consider it.


This is, of course, just one editor, so the story does not merit its own post. Yet it is truly bizarre, nevertheless.

ColdBlooder said...

hi falafelkid:

hehe good one, but very harsh if you ask me ;-)

and about that ps3 editor:

she hits the nail right on the spot. if you don´t care about blu ray you really don´t neet a ps3 anytome soon because you can get the same titles on the ps3. if you really are a tech freak and can´t wait to get your hands on blu ray, than the ps3 may be a good choice. but theres one thing that might happen to sony. the ps3 is a very very complex machine. the more complex the machine is, the higher is the risk that faulty machines make it to the store shelf. sony NEEDS a good quality check. you see what happent to a lot of 360s, and that machine is not as complicated as the ps3... and microsoft is a company that usally sells high quality hardware.

Falafelkid said...

Hi Coldblooder.

hehe good one, but very harsh if you ask me ;-)

Yeah, true. But it´s just a movie quote (with a minor alternation).

and about that ps3 editor: she hits the nail right on the spot

I think so too. I wouldn´t buy that beast of a console either. Though I am genuinely excited for titles like Prey and the next-gen Eye Toy.

ColdBlooder said...

even if i really wanted a ps3, i couldn´t afford it. i already have to save money 3 month before the wii launches to be able to buy it. (i think that i´ll have about 300€ by then). i am desperatly looking for a job or a "ausbildungsplatz" (whats that in english?)... i´m glad nintendo choosed the path their on right now. this will be an interesting generation... this time sony dosen´t get the victory served on a silver plate like this gen.

return-of-the-ials said...

You know you have to understand that Coldblooder had a traumatic light-blub moment in his childhood.
So you must understand that he aint able to help it.
I have to ask for some understanding since there were some blemish hiccups ever since the womb I'm afraid.
Maybe I can send Falfelkid to come to the aid of his parents as they must be mentally disordered dealing
with Coldblooders spastic-spouts.
Don't worry Coldblooder you simply are not able to help that your parents hate your guts thus Falafelkid shall guide you to the place where he spent his childhood
at so that you get time to regret what you did to your parents ever since you entered this world backwards namely in Gabersee!
:)
Cheers


-IALS

return-of-the-ials said...

"this time sony dosen´t get the victory served on a silver plate like this gen."

Pappalapap!
For this line alone I would be very surprised if Falafelkid takes your bragging at face value

But I know you are not responsible for your actions Coldblooder.Its the trauma.

Falafelkid stop with your insults already I dont want to see you condescend to the level of THE IALS .
Wer in die Fußstapfen anderer tritt hinterlässt keine eigenen Spuren mein Lieber!
Then again not to begrudge your moment of self-fulfillment.
*LOL*

THE-INFAMOUS-ANONYMOUS-
LIGHT-SHEDDER

return-of-the-ials said...

....Strikes back!!
BOOOOOOOOOOM!!
;)

Anonymous said...

Hey Fal your reports about the launch date are boring me. Dont you have better news ?
And after reading the comments from IALS, i agree with him.
And you should begin to bring more intresting news !



*somegermanguy*

ColdBlooder said...

*yawn* looks like someone is loosing his temper...

Falafelkid said...

Hi Coldblooder.

even if i really wanted a ps3, i couldn´t afford it. i already have to save money 3 month before the wii launches to be able to buy it. (i think that i´ll have about 300€ by then).

Actually, until I got the job as games editor six years ago, I was a PC gamer only. And I was, simply because I thought consoles cost too much. Now, I´m much more of a console gamer, having the freedom of choice (for free). My favourite current-gen console is GameCube with the PS2 a close second, but I wouldn´t have bought either, had I not started at RTL 2. So I still remember vividly how non-console-gamers view consoles. Whether Wii really can convince non-gamers and PC-gamers like I used to be remains to be seen. But I think it´s a likely outcome, at least to an extent.

i am desperatly looking for a job or a "ausbildungsplatz" (whats that in english?)...

That´s an apprencticeship.

this time sony dosen´t get the victory served on a silver plate like this gen.

Well, you are right about Sony having it easy this generation. But don´t think that this just fell into Sony´s lap. They made some very important decisions when they designed the console at the drawing board, the most important one being the inclusion of a DVD player.

Back then, everyone saw the technology´s advantages, understood that it would eventually become the standard - and so everyone wanted one. When the PS2 finally came out, it had a pretty weak launch line-up (Tekken Tag Tournament, Fantavision, Street Fighter Ex 3 and Ridge Racer V), but it sold on being the cheapest DVD player around alone - with a gaming console to boot.

Apparently, at the Japanese launch, the disc that was sold most alongside the console wasn´t even a game, it was The Matrix on DVD. If true, this illustrates well just how clever Sony were to include that functionality.

Once the console was out, they could all lean back and enjoy the great third party support they have had. It was only halfway through the console´s lifetime that Sony really pushed some innovative content like SingStar, Buzz and Exe Toy - and, incidentally, all those great innovative titles came out of SCE Europe.

meduz' said...

I received 3 weeks ago a newsletter from Auchan, indicating Wii for the 27th of November. I wrote them a mail to know more, they answered me that it's an approximative date, but they of course absolutely don't know when Wii will be released. So... fake :p.

Falafelkid said...

Hi Meduz. Thanks for the info, I shall try and contact them myself.

return-of-the-ials said...

Falafel,
Please walk into the nearest MEDIA MARKT AND CONVINCE YOURSELF ONCE AND FOR ALL WHY SONY IS THE MARKET LEADER AND NOT GAMECUBE!
aND THATS NOT SOLELY BECAUSE OF SINGSTAR AND BUZZ!
NOT EVEN RUDIMENTARY!
NUFF SAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

IALS RULES !!!!!
He is right !




*somegermanguy*

return-of-the-ials said...

Now who is the "beleidigte Leberwurst" ;)

Falafelkid gets the ? :

http://youtube.com/watch?v=HF4IQlsm7Ds


And I'm out.


-IALS

return-of-the-ials said...

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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL


HUHUHUHUHUHUHUHUHUHUHUHUUUUUUUUU


:)


DA_INFAMOUS_LIGHT_BUSTER

Anonymous said...

Hey IALS cool Video !!
Oldschool shit !



*somegermanguy*

Falafelkid said...

Funnily enough, I´ve been a huge 3rd Bass fan for fifteen years (incidentally, also of Chubb Rock, but ´Ya Bad Chubbs´ is so much better). So thanks for the clip.

But seeing that we´re off topic already: Name that sample used in the beginning of 3rd Bass´ ´Product of the Environment´ (video mix). Let´s see if you know your roots ;)

Anyway, since we really seem to have some musical common ground, here´s something really Old School. Oh, and name this remix while you´re at it.

Anonymous said...

@IALS

You must have an amazingly sad life otherwise you wouldn't be hanging around in front of your screen the whole day writing mental vomit. Haven't you got a girlfriend... a job... just something to brighten up your dull days?
Oh, and please stop signing your cheap shit comments with my name.

*somegermanguy*

Falafelkid said...

Hi Somegermanguy

Oh, I see. That´s funny. I thought you had smoked the same stuff IALS smokes... ;) Anyway, let´s see if that guy just pretends to be Old School or if he´s got some proper know how...

return-of-the-ials said...

Stopstopstopstop.
Somegermangay would u please stfu
and stop whinning.
I never used your germangay name.

Yu aint pillin a fast one on nobody!
What u say has nothing to do wit nothing!

zzzzzzzzz fany clown

Oh and Fluff,
I have notime now but I'll come back at you later regarding Stetsasonic,mantronix,funkdoobiest,KMD,Goodi,Doom,Grimm,Kane,Nine etc.etcetc.


-IALS

Anonymous said...

Yeah Fal, please don't get a wrong impression. I really should put up a proper profile soon.
IALS... strange guy... but that's to expect from someone who gets no attention in real life.
I would guess his know how comes from Google. ;-)

*somegermanguy*

return-of-the-ials said...

Just a quick note after reading through his posts he really seems to be one smart n....!
He gave me props just to accuse me of self-praise afterwards through using his name !
As I said one smart germanweisenheimer!
I guess it's clear who has no life by now!

(Kleiner Judas)

;)

and I'm gone


-IALS

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