Another alleged insider has come forward and given us the apparent launch date and price of the Wii console. This time, the rumourmonger comes courtesy of the good people at Infendo:
It's me, everyone's favorite 'unofficial' Nintendo Rep with some BIG Wii news that everyone has been waiting for. That's right, the release date: It will be November 12. (...)
Wii's price hasn't yet been finalized. The higher ups don't yet know whether or not to bundle the nunchaku with it. What they do know is that if it's not bundled, it will be $229 and bundled price will be $249. Also Goldeneye and Perfect Dark may be on the Virtual Console eventually. The Donkey Kong Country games, Donkey Kong 64, and Diddy Kong Racing will be on there for sure. Higher ups are still working on getting Goldeneye and Perfect Dark added into the deal.
The launch date is either a safe guess or an indicator of a real insider. I still strongly believe that Wii will launch between November 10th and 16th. That rumour was the only plausible one (and, moreover, one where I could verify the source). This is also in keeping with Iwata´s comments from my E3 interview with him: They do not want to rush the console, but assemble the perfect software line-up first.
Now, there are a few things that don´t add up, though. When visiting Ubisoft Paris in early April and seeing Red Steel, they told us that the nunchuk attachment was required. There are many other titles requiring the attachment, like Metroid Prime 3 and Zelda. That´s why I believe this one is fake, after all.
I also strongly believe that the price is too high. Though Nintendo might aim higher, I think that $199 is the maximum asking price if they want to win over a mass market. Because us gamers might have no quarms paying more than $200 for a console without any games included. But that is exactly where our parents (whose perspective we should be considering here) just shake their heads in disbelief. My recommendation to Nintendo is to sell the console for less than $200 and include Wii: Sports and Wii: Music. Any more expensive and the mass market might continue playing Minesweeper and Solitair.