Thursday, September 14, 2006
Japan: December 2nd for $215, US: November 19th for $250 rumoured
The cat is out of the bag and a little kitten came along unexpectedly: Japan will get Wii on December 2nd for ¥25,000 (around $215), as Joystiq reports, quoting Famitsu.
They list the contents of the bundle as 1 Wii console, 1 Wiimote (w/ strap), 1 Nunchuck attachment, Wii AC adaptor, Wii A/V cable, Wii console stand, sensor bar, sensor bar stand and two AA batteries.
Joystiq further reports that a New York Times article by Seth Schiesel was posted on the net prematurely, detailing a November 19 launch and a price tag of $250. Apparently, Wii Sports will be bundled with every console and there will be up to 30 games released until the end of the year.
I am relieved we finally have almost all of the info we sought after for so long. The newspaper leak is almost certainly real. And we can even deduce a late November / early December launch for Europe with a price tag of more than 200 and up to 250 from the above figures.
I am just slightly anxious about Nintendo rather confidently aiming above that psychologically important 200 mark. I was hoping for 199 for Europe and that looks unlikely as it is now. $199 for the US may have been illusory from the start, given the weak dollar.
At the same time, why should Nintendo not be confident about Wii? They have successfully established a major change in the market and a unique brand name already, given the massive third party support pledged to the console. And they have become a real people's favourite at each trade show. Why shouldn't we assume that consumers will accept a price tag starting with a two just as easily?
There simply is no reason to sell this console under value with the competition way above, somewhere in the clouds. I guess noone can complain about $250 or its Euro equivalent (whatever it will end up as exactly), but I guess I am still lacking a few details about WiiConnect24 or other features to fully justify that price tag myself. So I am going to sit tight for some more info as it breaks.
EDIT Hello again. Here is the blog that doesn´t sleep (not more than four hours, anyway). And I have literally woken up to more news than anyone can handle.
There is actually a ton of info available, I found. There´s no decent summary of it yet, because it´s far too much. I am currently working on a summary and will be updating you as soon as I can. In the meantime, please steer your browser to Wii.com and start exploring. You may also have a look at this lengthy preview page on Nintendo.co.jp.
Sources: Joystiq, Joystiq