We will know when Wii will launch and how much for by September 15th, claims Spanish print magazine Nintendo Acción (Spain´s official Nintendo mag, belonging to the German media empire ´Axel Springer´). According to Spanish site RevoGamers (Google translation), Nintendo Acción promise to publish all the aforementioned information in their next issue, which goes on sale on the 15th. According to my rough translation, they are bragging:
We already know it! When Wii will launch in Spain.Here´s a scan from the magazine´s preview, courtesy of Spanish forum member Ercosen:
Finally, we will respond to the millions of questions: when Wii will go on sale, what it will cost and which games will be sold alongside the machine. You cannot lose.
GoNintendo has the story:
Their next issue is due to hit on September 15th, which leaves us with quite an interesting discussion. Will Nintendo be announcing price point and launch date info at next week’s LGC, or will Nintendo hold an event in September before the 15th?
If true, the info would have to come sooner than September 15th. Magazines like this one, though, have a circulation of a few tenthousand copies, at least. In order to get them printed, their deadline for content would be a good week before street date minimum. Though the magazine claims to know everything already, I think they only know when the info will be announced, not the announcement itself. That´s a fair assumption, given how secretive Nintendo is about this.
So let´s assume that they will find out at the same time we do. Considering the expected deadline, this news should read: We will know before September 7th.
This leaves the following options:
* Nintendo will announce launch date and price at the Games Convention, after all
* Nintendo will announce launch date and price at the Penny Arcade Expo
* Nintendo will announce launch date and price at a separate event
In my opinion, the last option is the most likely. I definitely don´t believe in the Games Convention being Nintendo´s weapon of choice. Not after announcing that Wii will not be playable on the showfloor. There is no point in building up hype when you cannot sustain it. And no disrespect to the Penny Arcade Expo, but it is too small an event to be interesting.
Apparently, the magazine has not the best of reputations. However, it is an official Nintendo magazine and it is part of one of Europe´s biggest newspaper empires. Also, a number of magazines have such a reputation and undeservedly so (just think of the UK´s official Nintendo magazine or SPOnG, for example). That´s why I tend to disregard this aspect.
Sources: RevoGamers, GoNintendo
Thanks to: Joystiq, Ercosen