Apparently, the Wii will launch in the UK shortly before November 24th for a price of £149 (which equals €220 or $280). British trade magazine MCV claims to have the inside scoop.
MCV believes that Nintendo has chosen to launch its next generation console at £149, a figure that falls slap bang in the middle of the varying estimates that have been discussed for months. This makes Wii £50 cheaper than the Core Xbox 360 Pack and an estimated £275 cheaper than PS3. (...)
Senior industry sources have confirmed to MCV that Wii stock availability will not be an issue in the UK, with plentiful supplies anticipated for both the November launch and the Christmas run-in. This should eradicate any pre-order woes and will be enough to satisfy demand across retail.
This rumour may be the most likely one, coming from one of the most reputable industry magazines. They correctly predicted a global launch for Wii back in October last year, though then they believed in a September 2006 launch. They also broke the story about E3 being cancelled two days before anyone else picked up on it.
However, they predicted key details about Wii at GDC, which didn´t quite turn out. At least, Iwata´s GDC keynote was confirmed only four days after MCV´s predictions. So they did get his speech right, after all.
Again, it´s important to remember that a UK price tag of £149 would not directly translate into Euro and US Dollar prices (€220 and $280, respectively), since consoles are usually more expensive in the UK. On the basis of the rumoured UK price, I would still expect a €199 price tag for Europe and perhaps $249 in the US.
Either way, this will, hopefully, be the last launch date and price rumour we have to put up with. We will find out everything we want to know next Thursday and Friday.
EDIT Wow, quick rebuttal of those figures by UK Nintendo boss David Yarnton, courtesy of Games Industry:
The claims, which appeared in an article by trade publication MCV, are "only speculation, and definitely not fact," according to Yarnton.Sources: MCV, Games Industry
"They're not far off, but they're definitely not right," he told GI.biz.
Thanks to: SomeGermanGuy, Raphael