Monday, August 14, 2006

Wii countdown clocks planned in UK stores, but no launch date by tomorrow

The scan of an email, detailing plans for Wii countdown clocks to be set up in various stores by a large UK retail chain is real - but reports about an imminent announcement of the launch date are fake, I can exclusively reveal.

The following scan was published on Itisme´s blog alongside claims that those countdown clocks would start ticking tomorrow.

I have been in contact with the author of that email (I won´t divulge his name or the company in question) and he assured me that these are preliminary arrangements and no launch date has been set or, at least, communicated to retail chains. Tomorrow´s date relates to further information about the installation of these clocks, not the release date.

Needless to say, he was shocked to find his internal mails circulated on the net.

Of course, we are all dying for information. I want to know the system´s launch as much as the next person. But it would be foolish to assume that Nintendo would reveal the launch date by countdown clocks being set up in UK stores.

Instead, wait for a big event to which Nintendo can invite plenty of media. But that is unlikely to happen soon, since big media need at least two weeks notice. The only alternative is, of course, having the announcement at an event to which big media have already committed their resources.

However, recent developments suggest it won´t be at the Games Convention next week. And even if Nintendo planned an event alongside the Tokyo Game Show, this would have to have been made public by now. So we will have to be patient a little longer.

At least, the countdown clocks give us a glimpse of Nintendo´s launch strategy. And that strategy spells ´hype´, if you ask me.

Source: Itisme´s blog
Thanks to: ItsInTheCave


Anonymous said...

Looking down that list of names, it looks to me as though this is an HMV thing...

dsss said...

So now we know that Nintendo won't announce price and date at G|C, I wonder when they'll hold their event. It would be before TGS, of course.
Afaik there'll be this conference like last year, when they announced DS titles like Wario, Mario Slam Basketball and WFC details.

There's still something to be expected for Games Convention, although it won't be as big as 'stereoscopic 3D with glasses' (In-Three technology).

used cisco said...

I like the idea of the clocks and a countdown. Countdowns always build lots of hype.

Anonymous said...

If they have a countdown clock then anyone can figure out the launch date so if that is the case why not just give us the luanch date

ColdBlooder said...

maybe because the clocks will be installed after they announced the launch dates for all reigons. but that letter could be an indicator, that they will give us the release dates and pricing for hard and software soon. (and i´m sure it won´t happen at games convention)

Anonymous said...

...of topic

something like this are the perfect indication that Nintendo will have similar deal as Microsoft.


Sickr said...

Thanks for clearing this issue up.

Though I presumed it strange for Nintendo to announce the release date for the Wii in this matter.


Sickr said...

Looking down that list of names, it looks to me as though this is an HMV thing...

The email itself is via Virgin Megastore.

Not HMV.


Falafelkid said...

Hey, check out Geoffrey´s YouTube videos. He´s voiced over some Mario and Zelda cartoon episodes. Not a bad effort, worth a look.

pi said...

Off topic but ...

Nintendo patent speech-to-text that change text font , color and style due to voice

ColdBlooder said...

microsoft thinks about adding motion sensing technologie to the xbox 360 controller?

i think that kind of shows how the wiimote already affects the future of videogames. i never expected that sony and microsoft would "copy" this idea (even if its only partially) already in the next gen. they invented something and everyone else wants to use it too (but not to an extent like nintendo, because that seems to be too risky for them) (when is next gen with the 360, wii and ps3 the "current gen"? when all consoles are released?)

Falafelkid said...

Hi Pi.

Nintendo patent speech-to-text that change text font , color and style due to voice

The actual patent is old. Please refer to my February post Patent suggests voice recognition for Revolution.

It´s resurfaced due to some alleged Insider claiming this will actually be used. I´ll post this, since the patent suggests this will actually happen.

Grandmaster B said...

Yeh it is only a rumour PI. Dont get mixed up between rumours and facts.

It is a good idea though.

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