Avid readers of this blog will remember that I broke the story about Wii being significantly underpowered and possibly being priced as low as $99 because of it (see Revolution to be least powerful, October 2005).
Now, there is a fresh rumour that Wii might cost $149. The good people at Kotaku have gotten hold of a scan of VStyle, a new supplement to Vibe magazine, the first issue of which has the following article:
Nintendo's Wii (pronounced Wee) has a crazy name and an even crazier premise--motion-sensitive wireless controllers that require you to flail about to control gameplay. But once you start whacking a virtual tennis ball using an actual swinging motion with your arm, you're hooked. Small, sexy-looking, and affordable, Nintendo's newest gaming system, which promises such motion-activated titles as Excite Truck and Wario Ware to Metroid and Madden 2007, is a winner. $150; www.nintendo.com
I didn´t post this straight away because I was in contact with Vibe magazine about this story. I called them a number of times, but they were unable to trace the author of this short piece. However, another author assured me that they go to great lengths to check their information and I should simply take their word for it.
As I mentioned above, I have been convinced of a surprisingly low price point all along (ever since I heard those rumours from developers, anyway). So I do believe that Vibe magazine did get it right, possibly publishing some off-the-record info they were given.
Either way, I am confident that this is the last rumour about Wii´s price tag we will ever have to deal with. Less than fifteen hours from the time of posting and we will learn both the Japanese launch date and price. Still, interesting stuff.