GameSpot Gut Reactions: Nintendo 2006

GameSpot editors react to the big news revealed at Nintendo's press event: Wii pricing, launch dates and quantities, game lineups, and much more.

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Today is September 14--the day of Nintendo's 2006 press event and the day the company made some important, and in some cases shocking, announcements. The highly anticipated Wii console will launch in North America on November 19 at a retail price of $249.99...higher than some GameSpot editors thought (or hoped), but still a far cry from $499/$599 price point of the PlayStation 3. Nintendo has also revealed that the Wii will have a whopping 101-game lineup, with a launch lineup in North America of 25 games, including the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, as well as Wii Sports as a pack-in. Plus, the Wii will have multimedia capabilities, such as photo albums; cartoonlike avatars that can be used in Wii games; and even Web browsing. It also revealed that the Virtual Console, the Wii's online game service that lets customers download and play older console games of yesteryear, will launch with about 30 games, including Donkey Kong, Mario, and Zelda. And possibly the best news of all: The company plans to ship about 4 million Wii units worldwide by the end of the year, with the majority of the shipment going to North America.

It's a lot of exciting news to take in, so GameSpot's editors have put their heads together and tried to make some sense of it all. Post your gut reactions to the Nintendo news by leaving us a comment below!


"OK, it's officially on. Nintendo's got the wind in its sails and is telling a lot of us what we wanted and expected to hear about the Wii. The $249.99 price point is what I expected, so that was no surprise. It's an affordable price that's substantially less than what most new consoles have sold for during the past decade. I also speculated that the system would have a full game packed in with it, and sure enough, Wii Sports will be included in the package--sounds like a great choice. Furthermore, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be a launch title, and as Nintendo points out, this will mark the first time that a Zelda game will be available at launch for a new Nintendo console. That alone means I'll be getting this system on day one (a Sunday). I probably would have done that anyway, but just to put things into perspective: For me, there was no clear-cut must-buy game around the 360's launch, nor is there a similar front-runner for the PS3.

Link, be seeing you on November 19.

However, Nintendo revealed a number of other surprises, some of which contradict the company's previous stance about how the Wii is engineered specifically to be a game system. We learned today, though, that the system will include a photo-viewing feature, Web-browsing capabilities, and so on. These features looked interesting, but I'm somewhat indifferent toward them. As for the Virtual Console stuff, $10 for a Nintendo 64 game seems a little pricey at this point, but I'm glad Nintendo at least shed some new light on pricing and availability. And with Genesis and Turbografx games in the mix, why not throw in Game Boy Advance games, too?

I'm excited about the Wii. I'm still not sold on how well that remote is going to work over time, but it's novel and interesting, and the system sounds like it's gearing up to have a great launch lineup. So the main thing that still troubles me about the system is that it won't support high-definition displays. I understand and respect Nintendo's stance about not getting caught up in an "arms race" with Sony and Microsoft about overall system power, but HD-quality visuals seem like they'll be a necessity in a couple of years if they aren't a necessity already. But hey, we all know that Nintendo has a way of getting people to buy their new hardware, then getting people to buy an upgraded model, right? Ask yourself, how many portable Nintendo systems do you own? So maybe an HD-capable Wii isn't outside the realm of possibility for the future. If there are technical constraints preventing the Wii remote from working as well in HD as it does in standard definition, I'm sure some very smart people at Nintendo are all over that problem already.

Finally--man, what a crazy November this will be. Gears of War, probably 20-plus PS3 games, and 20-plus Wii games. Our work's cut out for us."

"I was wrong about the price but at least close on the date. If the announcement is anything to go by, the Wii sounds like it's going to offer an incredible variety of stuff to play with, from the Web browser to the in-game avatars to the Virtual Console...and to the 25 launch games, which will hopefully all be available on day one. Considering that Nintendo is shipping 4 million of the things worldwide, it should also hopefully be easier to find than one of the 2 million PS3's that are shipping later this year for Sony's launch, and the $250 price tag is a much easier pill to swallow than $500-plus for a PS3 that may have gotten snapped up before I even reach the store.

I'm holding out for a hero. Two shirtless heroes, in fact.

Nintendo is clearly hoping that the photo-sharing and Web-browsing features of the Wii will help make it something that the whole family will gather around, but I'm not sure how well that'll take. Families that would go to the trouble of pulling digital albums from their cameras to display on a big screen in the living room probably already have some kind of media PC set up at home for this purpose. Living room Web browsing also doesn't seem like it'll make a huge hit--just look at the nonimpact that the old WebTV service had. That one was predicated on using a TV set to browse the Internet and check e-mail and was later quietly acquired by Microsoft--for use with home media centers that media-savvy families are already using.

The biggest news beyond the price tag and launch quantities is the games. Zelda on the Wii is obviously a big deal, but I have to admit, I'm more interested in the Virtual Console games at this point. But the pricing seems a little too steep for me. Then again, Nintendo is also charging $40 for extra controllers and $20 for extra attachments. But hooking people on base hardware, then nickel-and-diming customers to death with hardware and software add-ons after launch isn't at all like Nintendo, the creator of the GameCube link cable, the e-reader, the Game Boy player, three different Game Boy Advance models, and two different Nintendo DS models...right?

Still, we've heard that older Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Mario games will make an appearance, as well as R-Type at some point. And we still don't know if Nintendo will get full backing from all its current (and former) third-party partners to fill out a humongous, encyclopedic back catalog of NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis games, which is something I'm still hoping to see announced in the near future. That's the last piece of the puzzle for me--that, and some kind of cheaper package deal that doesn't make me pay $5-on-up for each one of my old favorites."

"I've been fortunate enough to play the Wii a few times now, and while the games have been fun in a simple sort of way, I haven't been tremendously impressed. But I've set aside my doubts because I learned a long time ago that you have to just trust that whatever bizarre plan Nintendo has will eventually work out. Remember the ugly, three-legged Nintendo 64 controller that made analog control the standard for 3D games? How about the dual-screen handheld that has been flying off store shelves around the world? Of course, Nintendo has made a few blunders, but its successes far outweigh its failures. So while the technical specs of the Wii may be underwhelming and a bit odd, Nintendo has at least temporarily allayed all my fears with the recent announcements about the Wii launch.

Console, controller, and pack-in games all together on launch day? Sign me up.

The biggest news isn't the price or the date, because we knew roughly what those would be anyway. The big news is that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is a launch title. That's a monster of a killer app on par with Halo or Super Mario 64. It would be nice to see Mario return for a launch, but the presence of Zelda more than makes up for Mario's absence. Plus, there's a healthy selection of other launch titles, as well as some classics available on the Virtual Console. At first I thought the Virtual Console pricing seemed a bit steep, but I do like the flat-rate pricing. That means that you'll pay the same $5 for The Legend of Zelda that you'd pay for something like Ice Climber. Of course, you could look at that as a rip-off for Ice Climber instead of a bargain for Zelda, but the point is that there is no premium charge for premium games, and that's great news.

I also love the fact that the Wii is going to ship with a pack-in game--five of them, actually. I remember the days of the NES when you could buy a system and know that you'd get two controllers, a light gun, and two games right there in the box. The fact that the Wii comes with everything you need to start playing right away (other than a second controller) also makes life a little easier for gift-buying parents this holiday season. And with 4 million units by the end of the year, it sounds like there will be plenty of Wiis to go around."

"It's interesting to see the reactions by the masses to the news of Nintendo's Wii pricing. There seems to be an equal split between those that think it's the deal of a lifetime and those who think it's a rip-off for a system that could be called the "GameCube 2.5." Personally, I sit comfortably in the middle. I am neither overly impressed with the $250 price point, nor am I offended by it. It makes enough sense to me to want to buy one, but I can't help but feel like Nintendo could have gotten away with dropping it just a smidge, especially in light of the knowledge that separate controllers and nunchaku add-ons will be sold separately for $40 and $20 respectively, which kind of stinks, actually.

As cute as the whole cartoon thing is, hasn't Nintendo learned by proxy of Microsoft and Internet forums everywhere that it's more fun when you can add your own picture?

The date is also interesting. I'd been banking on Nintendo throwing up a different kind of challenge to Sony and launching well ahead of the PS3. But instead, the Wii will come a mere two days post-PS3 launch and be there just in time for the biggest shopping days of the year, at under half of the PS3's cost. In the immortal words of John Travolta in Face/Off, "Wii! What a predicament!"

The Virtual Console announcement is perhaps the most intriguing thing of all. We all kind of knew what would be available, but the structuring of it gives me pause. I dig the fact that Nintendo is blatantly ripping off the XBLA points system, and doing it in a more mathematically sensible way to boot, but the pricing is a little dicey. $5 for NES games, $8 for SNES games, and $10 for N64 games seems odd, considering that A.) Most retailers have used copies of those same games for even less, and B.) Is this really going to pull the illegal emulator crowd away from their free alternative? You could say the same thing about the arcade games available for XBLA, but to those games' credit, they not only include subtle improvements like online play and updated graphics in several instances, but arcade games aren't often available for home play, and in the cases when they are, old 8-bit and 16-bit ports didn't typically do those games justice. I'm also a little shocked that there won't be more titles available from the get-go. C'mon Nintendo, your library is sickeningly big. Let's open it up and get these titles up there for download.

All told, I'm cautiously optimistic about all things Wii right now. I'll certainly end up buying one at some point before the year's end, and though I think the launch lineup of games could stand to be stronger, there are a few key titles in there that I'm looking forward to playing. Nintendo has positioned itself nicely--now all it has to do is follow through with games that are as fun as they want you to believe they are."

"Finally! We have all the info on the Wii. I was hoping for a price in the low $200 range, but I think I can live with $250 just the same. I really like the fact that Nintendo isn't charging a dime to let us connect to its Internet-enabled services. We're sure to see tons of players online with absolutely no barrier to entry. The online system doesn't seem as robust as Microsoft's, but I'm not about to start complaining about free just yet.

No camping out in front of a store for me! I hope.

I'm lukewarm about the pricing of Virtual Console games--$5 for an NES game, $8 for SNES, and $10 for N64. I'd be more inclined to make impulse purchases if those numbers were halved. Of course, I'm also the guy that thinks that iTunes is horribly overpriced. However, the fact that the company is going to add 10 games a month to the Virtual Console roster has me totally stoked.

I love that Nintendo will have the console out in absolute force once it launches. With 4 million units shipped by the end of the year, I think just about anyone that wants a Wii will be able to find one on a shelf somewhere. I've gone through too many console launches without a unit in sight. Hopefully, none of us will have to camp outside of a store under the warmth (or lack thereof) of a late-November moon."

"Nintendo came in at the high end of my expectations with a $249.99 price tag, but the company is still sitting very pretty right now. Imagine this: On November 17, there will be thousands upon thousands of disgruntled would-be PlayStation 3 owners out there, feeling shafted since they couldn't get one of the launch systems. They've got at least $500 burning a hole in their pockets, and then the Wii arrives in large quantities just two days later. Nintendo's calling the same play it used during the GameCube launch five years ago, only that time it was the Xbox that was victimized.

When will console manufacturers learn that browsers and consoles just don't mix?

Just as interesting as the games and the launch details is the multimedia functionality of the Wii, though I'm a lot more skeptical about that. After all, being able to import photos from a memory card and e-mail them to your friends sounds cute at first, but the more you think about it, the more the prospect of using the Wii to edit your photos seems like a stretch. You can do the same job much faster and more easily on a PC or Mac, rather than waving a Wii controller around. And if you've got a digital camera, then you've already got one or the other. Not to mention, computer displays are a lot sharper than a standard-definition television, which the Wii uses.

And I've never understood the need to put a browser in a console. Sure, you'll have to pay extra to purchase the browser for the Wii, but why would you want to? Surfing the Web on a console seems to be more hassle than it's worth. Text input is a pain unless you have some kind of keyboard (the PSP is a prime example of how mind numbing a process text entry with a gamepad can be), and most Web pages nowadays are formatted in resolutions much higher than the standard-definition resolution the Wii uses. It seems that Nintendo is throwing all these options in to make the Wii seem much more of a value, but they're just not that important, especially when the Wii is supposed to be about games."

"As one of the few GameSpot staffers who still hasn't had a chance to check out the Wii firsthand, I'm not sure how I feel about the console. The launch price announced this morning is a little higher than I was expecting, and I really don't like that Nintendo has opted to delay the GameCube version of Twilight Princess so that those of us who are desperate to play it--and who have kept the current Nintendo hardware around for no other reason--have to upgrade our hardware or wait an extra month. I'll wait. I don't much like the idea of having to "throw" Link's boomerang anyway, but I'm disappointed that my GameCube is going to spend another month collecting dust.

I'm more excited about playing SNES games than Wii games right now.

The best news to come out of Nintendo this morning, I think, is that there will be about 4 million Wii consoles available worldwide before the end of the year. Regardless of the fact that I've done it twice since moving to the US, I don't really like to camp outside of stores just so I can get my hands on the latest gaming hardware, and 4 million units sounds like a good number to me--especially given that the PlayStation 3 is launching right around the same time. Are many people really going to want both systems at launch? I'm guessing not, though that's largely because I don't want either--there are plenty of good games that I haven't found the time to play on my Xbox 360 yet. The list of upcoming games for the Wii looks pretty impressive at first glance, but there are very few titles on it that get me excited or that I wouldn't rather play on another system.

I am, however, very much looking forward to revisiting some classic games using the Virtual Console system, but I'm concerned that Nintendo hasn't yet mentioned whether or not those games will benefit from updated visuals or features. I'll happily shell out some Wii points for Rock 'N Roll Racing with online play or a prettier version of Shadowrun, but I still have a Super Nintendo system with those games packed away somewhere, so I have no intention of paying for them again. Will I get a Wii? Of course I will. Nintendo has already proved me wrong by making the DS a huge success, and I've no doubt that the Wii will go the same way. Do I want one at launch? Not at all, but when there are more games available and the console's first price drop happens, I'll be first in line."

"Going into this, I was expecting the take-home price of the Wii to be a little higher. I was certain Nintendo wouldn't break its word that the Wii would cost less than $250, but I also suspected that the $250 package would be extremely bare bones, which doesn't seem to be the case at all. It sounds like you still might need to pick up an SD card for game saves and viewing photos or video, but it's kind of a genius move for Nintendo to adopt a standardized flash-memory format. A 64MB SD card costs about $10, while a 64MB Xbox 360 memory unit costs $40, and you can get SD cards as big as 4GB, which still only cost about $80.

Browsing the Internet on your Wii could be cool, but paying for the Web browser is a bummer.

I'm a little less enthused about the $60 you'll have to pay to get an additional Wii remote and nunchaku attachment, and I wish there had been more talk about the "classic" controller, an extra peripheral that you'll all but need if you want to play N64 games through the virtual console. Speaking of which, the rollout for the Virtual Console games is set to happen much more rapidly than I anticipated. Though I'm not a fan of giving a company money up front to make an actual purchase some time in the future, the fact that 500 Wii points translates into $5.00 makes the goofy math that Microsoft uses for pricing Xbox Live Marketplace points seem like a needless cover-up.

While news headlines and weather reports don't really light a fire under me, I'm intrigued by the whole Wii Channel thing regardless, and I'm ready for more details about how, exactly, you'll be able to send messages to people on their phones or their PCs. But I'm a bit annoyed that we're going to get charged extra for the Opera Web browser, a piece of software that, in virtually every other form, is free, though I guess I should be grateful that Nintendo isn't including any service fees for the WiiConnect24 system.

I guess there weren't too many massive surprises here, good or bad. I still have my doubts about just how well the motion-sensing controls will work out over the long run, but that price point is definitely going to make the Wii seem mighty appealing to folks who aren't ready to pony up $400 to $600 for a new video game system."

"The $249 price is higher than I originally guessed, but it's a fair price since the system comes bundled with Wii Sports. However, the price for extra controllers is a little disappointing. You're looking at $40 for the controller and $20 for the nunchaku attachment. That's $60 for every additional Wii player, or $429 for a system with four complete controller setups.

The new Wii controller wristband should save the lives of countless televisions, slow-moving pets, and delicate household objects.

The Wii's November 19 US launch date could be troublesome for Sony, which has already announced that it's delaying the PlayStation 3's European launch and cutting launch units for the US and Japan due to Blu-ray component shortages. What are parents going to do when they see an empty PlayStation 3 shelf with a fat $500 to $600 price sign sitting next to a shelf full of $249 Wii systems? Add in a Wii demo kiosk surrounded by intrigued kids having a great time figuring out the new controller, and I think we have a big problem for Sony.

Everyone called the Xbox Microsoft's Trojan horse for the living room, but it looks like the Wii will be the first major console manufacturer to put out a gaming device that will also offer basic PC functionality. Wii Channels will provide a variety of applications and information on demand. Applications like the photo editor and the Opera Web browser will give the Wii basic desktop functionality. Now we just need a keyboard.

Nintendo has only shown news and weather information channels thus far, but I can see how the service has the potential to mature into a compelling media outlet all delivered over the Internet. I'd love to be able to save my favorite Web pages or assign RSS feeds to individual "channels" in the Wii menu, for example."

Discussion

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chapix2
chapix2

It depens in the point of view of each one, in my point of view: PS3 Pros: - Great hardware (7cores,G70 Nv and all that stuff) - Blue-Ray player - Full HD 1080p - I can play some (Some errors) PS2 - PS1 games - Hard Drive integrated 20GB-60GB and Backward compability (SD ....) - Resistance: Fall of Men, Metal Gear Solid 4, Unreal Tournament 2007 PS3 Cons: - Extremely expensive - BIG and super heavy! - Control is the same as PS2 but with motion sensor (copied nintendo (bad sony)) and with PS button - Menu is fine but they could done it better - You can buy the console but you need to buy a game so its $500/$600+$60/$50 unless you want to play PS2 games (pointless) - No Component Cables or HDMI Cable (I think sony should put a HDMI cable!(Remember that we are paying $600) - Sony is losing money with each PS3, that is crazy. I won't buy a PS3 until Sony makes a Slim PS3 or I'll wait to the price drop, and I'll wait for more and better games. Wii Pros: - Cheap compared with PS3 and XboX 360 - Console comes with a game, so you can buy it alone and you can enjoy it just for $249.99 - Full motion sensor: Wiimote and the Nunchuck (The best of all pros) - Virtual Console so i can play games from the NES to the N64 - Gamecube games work perfectly - I can use my Gamecube controllers - Small and it's design it's perfect for all type of homes. - Wii channels, Mii Channel, and all that - The Wiiremote has long lasting batteries with just 2 AA - Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros. Brawl Wii Cons: - The wrist strap could be unsafe IF you use it wrong or IF you don't grab the Wii-mote well. - Up to 480p only - I have to buy a lot of extras separated (It would be cool if Ninendo creates the "Player Set" (1 wiimote and 1 nunchuck in a single box) - Component Cable not included - Sensor bar with wire and a little short. I will buy a Wii, because in my point of view i dont need a super OMG console with 7 cores and a super Nvidia G70 video card and 60GB of HDD for $600( It's cool that it have all that beacuse in the future the games would be outstanding). I recognize that PS3 have wonderfull graphics, sounds and solid FPS but it's too much money and space. And I buy a console to have lots of FUN with my family and friends so that's why i pick the Wii. About Xbox 360, it's a very good console with lots of games and it have some of the best games of the year like Gears Of War. Good graphics, good sound, HD compatible. But i don't like it, i don't know why but i don't like, also you can burn your house (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLabckoPC0g) or fry eggs or fry cables....

cyborg100000
cyborg100000

DahlVaughnni lol @ zoner1501 ps3 is nothing more than a ps2 with...... oh wait, ps3 has NOTHING better than a ps2 besides slightly crisper textures. Same goes for xbox360/xbox. Neither of those are worthy of being called next generation systems or CURRENT generation systems for that matter. Go back to your FPS games on your 360 with pretty explosions and big noises. ---Actually ps3 has a better controller than the ps2 (sixaxis), MUCH better graphics, more choices online, more advanced gaming like better AI for instance and a much more indepth story which i doubt nintendo will be able to do. Please don't get me started on the wii. Oh wait, you already have! Tell me, what would the wii be without its next gen controller? It wouldn't be known for its graphics (poor in this day and age) not very well known for its current set of average games or for its tacky "channels" and "online browsing" either.

BIGGBOSSHOGG
BIGGBOSSHOGG

The Wiii is the revolution that PS1 was. Where PS1 took gaming from 2D to 3D, the Wii now puts us into that 3D world with that new remote. I'm a Playstation fanatic, but Nintendo takes my vote best next-gen console. They're heading in the right direction, a direction that will hopefully lead to full immersive virtual reality gaming, where we can eliminat the TV set and strap on a helmet or goggles and actually interact with a virtual world. Something we saw a taste of back in the early 90's but never was totally realized.

willyg984
willyg984

Nintendo is going to show off every system in the market. And it will bring a new meaning to revolution.

HE-MAN2003
HE-MAN2003

Hi guys my name is Wayne Lawrence Thomas I what to kow if the new nintendo Wii will give us the news of a FF3 or Kof, Samurai Shodow , Ninja Gaiden, RPG game old style, or some think like GTO , gran tur, games for big boys like me

DahlVaughnni
DahlVaughnni

lol @ zoner1501 ps3 is nothing more than a ps2 with...... oh wait, ps3 has NOTHING better than a ps2 besides slightly crisper textures. Same goes for xbox360/xbox. Neither of those are worthy of being called next generation systems or CURRENT generation systems for that matter. Go back to your FPS games on your 360 with pretty explosions and big noises.

felth00
felth00

a second controller costs wayyy too much.....besides i want the classic controller to come out...very important to the system

Tsunami_pt
Tsunami_pt

It seems that Sony's arrogance is leading them to a big mistake concerning the PS3. Wii looks cool as a second-option, but hardly as a first-option console for me. I'm very happy about my Xbox 360. Just one question: X360 and PS3 have, as most consoles, hardware problems/failures/crashes soon after launch. What about the Wii? Any reported problems yet?

DeathgiverX
DeathgiverX

Yeah, Nientendo pulled a $ony with that idea.

xpdude
xpdude

Web browsing will definitely not work on consoles. It's just weird.

ranman1990
ranman1990

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ranman1990
ranman1990

awsome i cant wait for the wii and yea its 279$

MidnightSkyline
MidnightSkyline

Okay, i read through a few pages of this stuff. I am a completely neutral party of all the consoles. I own a gaming PC, Ps2, X-box 360, PSP, Game Cube, Nintendo DS, Dreamcast, Sega Genesis, NES, SNES, and even a freaking Intellivision II. Now I am in total agreement with those talking about the control. Dancing around in your living room will get tiring. This is America people, statistics show that a majority of Americans do nothing but sit on their butt all day and watch T.V. I do think the controller is a very innovative idea, but It would seem that Nintendo had some skepticism themselves that it may not catch on, hence the compatibility of the Game Cube controller. Now as for those bashing the Ps3. Stop and think about it, $600 for something that Sony invested WELL OVER $3000 per console in. It is a steal. You're getting a $1300 Blu-Ray player, for a fraction of the price. The GPU is top of the line technology, or was until the Nvidia 8000 series came to the market. That is a $600 graphics processor sitting in that console. Then you add in the cost of the other parts, cost of labor and cost of manufacturing. And for those of you saying "You have to go spend $3000 on a computer to have graphics that look like an Xbox. I have something to tell you: Shut up and do some research. My computer, when i first got it, a year ago (I'll be honest) was top of the line. Specs at the time were as follows: Nvidia GeForce 7800GT AMD Sempron 64 2.0ghz 200gb HDD 1gb DDR400 (PC3200) RAM BIOSTAR Gforce 6100 Motherboard Nforce 410 Total Price: $730 (monitor, tower, mouse and keyboard included in that price) I soon got another stick of RAM, so now I'm up to 2gb. Now I am soon investing more into my computer: Gforce 8800GTX 20.1" HD Ready monitor Clear Acrylic Computer Tower 680W Power Supply Water Cooling System Price: Between $1000 and $1200 And when all is done, this will be twice as fast as the PS3, and pretty much better than 90% of gaming PCs out there. No I'm not trying to brag, I'm just proving a point. Another thing is, Sony knows the PS3 will sell. Especially in America. I am a Games Manager at a local Blockbuster where I live. A majority of the customers that come into the store that play video games, the one thing they ask about most, is the PS3. I'm not saying that is true EVERYWHERE, but A lot of places near where I live, that has video game retail, have customers asking about the PS3. Its common sense that most Americans want the most expensive stuff. The best in technology. People will fork out the money to get what they want. Welfare or selling their own kids, they will fork out some money. Now I'm not putting the Wii down, I will buy one myself, as well as the PS3. And please, don't response with an immature response with "Well, most of us aren't rich like you!" I am not rich by all means, I just manage my money well. Anyways, The Wii will do good at the start, just like the Game Cube did. But what happened to the Game Cube as soon as the X-box and PS2 started dropping in price. It stopped selling, everyone wanted the X-box or PS2 at that point. That is also why now, you see more variety in games on those systems than you do the Game Cube. And more history, The N64 did well at the start, but what happened once the PS2 hit, Those sales dropped. Why, because as i previously stated, America wants the best, and newest, and biggest product out there. I've seen people come into the store where I work, that I actually know, spend hundreds of dollars, nearly their whole paycheck they just got, just so they can have an X-box 360 or something, instead of saying "Well, the Game Cube is cheaper, but I could also save up for the Wii, and have a really nice console as well." Concerning the $10 for a N64 game. Right. Um, Ill keep my N64, and go to a flea market, and get them for $5. And for those that don't own a Nintendo 64, go to a flea market, get it for $30, buy some games. In the long run, you save money. And finally, I'll go ahead and make this the end, because I need sleep now, but these days, most of your gamers, are in the teens and up. Nintendo has been known for making Family and Child oriented games that no one really wants to play, and that has been their biggest screw up, outside of not switching to discs when they should, then deciding to switch to mini-discs. Well enough with that. Peace out.

iceuk
iceuk

lol @ The new Wii controller wristband should save the lives of countless televisions, slow-moving pets, and delicate household objects. True, but still, you'll probably use it as a nunchaku.

zoner1501
zoner1501

Wii is nothing more then a repacked Gamecube w/ more online stuff and a new controller, hardly worthy of being called "a next generation system"

bennyrobo
bennyrobo

about a month ago i was under the impression the old games (snes, nes n64 etc) were free downloads, 10 USD doesnt really scream at me.. but it still looks pretty awesome.

metroiddeity
metroiddeity

the pricing of the contoller and attachments is an obscene amount. THe whole idea is so everyone can play, but who can go out and pay $120 just so your friends can join in on the fun? I hope that they lower this price so we can still afford to have fun without paying the high price of the other systems.

Gamer-peGa
Gamer-peGa

Zelda looks amazing and I'm hopeing Call of Duty 3 works great on the controller set-up.

Duenas
Duenas

"Wii will, Wii will ROCK YOU ! I think that pretty much says how i fell about the Wii. Sony's price is too high and the only thing that microsoft can get right is Xbox Live so 3 cheers for Nintendo.

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

nintendo started the console craze.. and it will continue to do so untill the end.

scout10101
scout10101

Nintendo is going to be on the top this time.

lukeblink182
lukeblink182

Sweet! I can't wait until the Wii launch date, im gonna be there in line waiting to get my hands on one and when i do im gonna pop Twilight Princess into the slot-loading drive and that sucker is gonna light up glowing blue all day long!

scott07
scott07

the wii is going to be awesome. it sure beats spending 500 or 600 bucks

jared7913
jared7913

Im deffenetly getting mine on launch day with Redsteel and Twilight Princess and im so buying a controller with it so me and my friends can duke it off in Wii Sports!

HiroArka
HiroArka

... I want this ... I want a Wii ... I am getting Feburary ..

kmwamala
kmwamala

Excellent Nintendo once again

crazy590
crazy590

I CANT WAIT FOR the WII!!!! i'm getting mine on launch day

NintendoWarrior
NintendoWarrior

i think its awesome 250$ is definitely 50$ more than i expected, but its the price of a PSP (when it launched), and it comes with a GOOD packd in game and zelda at launch with SSBB looming, thats more than enough to make me want it

DavidBeoulve
DavidBeoulve

Greg Kasavin's write-up was, as is typical, the best.

death919
death919

The fact that a controller costs more than the games is digusting, but other than that, Wii looks like it's gunna be great! =D Such great games coming in the future, ESPECIALLY Fire Emblem Wii! :D And... to stir up some controversy... SUPER MARIO GALAXY WILL BE BETTER THAN LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS! (that's right!) (both will be good though)

sanatori
sanatori

I can't wait for this thing to come out. There are so many aspects of this machine that are intriguing and work for a family. 1. There are 5 people in my house - Wife, two boys (5 and 6), and baby girl. Out of all the consoles we have (PS, 2x Xboxes, PS2, Gamecube), we play none of these together except on rare occasion. This could change that very easily into something even my wife would like to do and spend more time together as a family instead of breaking off into our own little worlds for entertainment. 2. You can't be the price. I can convince my wife to spend 300 bucks for a console, games, and an extra controller setup, but once you go over that for JUST a console with 1 controller, you get into the realm of impossible. 3. I'm a hardcore gamer and I see nothing wrong with the graphics. I've been playing games going on 23 years and eyecandy isn't everything. I can still pop Final Fantasy VII into the Playstation and have more fun playing it than I do my current generation consoles or computer games. Shadowrun in the Genesis for that matter..... 4. Free Wii Connect24 is amazing. Obviously, a computer is easier, but there are times that things flash on the TV and you have an itch to look it up. Getting up just to fire up the computer to do that when you have a Wii in the livingroom saves you time while satisfying that lazy gene. 5. If I don't like the controller it comes with, there's always the option to buy a classic one, but I don't see it being a problem. From the days of Atari and Nintendo games, I've known non-gamers especially, to move the controller to get the character to move on the TV and this is a perfect extension of natural human movement and instinct. What else would you want in a controller? Yes it has it shortcomings by not being HDTV compatible, but I don't even watch TV in HDTV on my compatible TV. When I have, it hasn't 'wowed' me enough to want to watch it constantly or game with it. That along with a lack of an actual internal HD, but if the games and saves are small enough, a good 4GB card should be plenty and they go for cheap. A little long, but this isn't just a system for 'kiddies' as us older first gamers can be intrigued by it as well.

willekens
willekens

i cant believe it Nintendo has done it again first the touch screen thing and now the nunchaku unbelieve they do things nobody has done in the gaming industry before and i like it! i'm probally going to wait until Christmas but maybe i'll buy it when it launches and for my place europe that is 8 december thats the only problem though the launch date europe always has to wait a month until they can get a game or console that alrdy has bin released in america or Japan and that sucks to bad :(:( but besides that congratulations to Nintendo again i fell in love with Ds and now again with the Wii Just can't wait for 8 december :p:p:p !!!

dakara
dakara

what i would like to know is what do they mean when the wii channel comes out on the 17th of november i thought it was coming with consoul or inside it and what do they mean when it says distribution : (free)?

Iramek
Iramek

I Like the way it all came together. Pricing is perfect. I don't have to wait to tax time to afford it. From what I've seen on game prices it more than fair. Even for the browser and retros is fair (I play a MMO, those prices are a drop in the bucket). They even have games that I want to play from jump. This is gonna screw Sony so bad (and people wonder why they pick the release date of the 19th).

Courtawulf4
Courtawulf4

Well, since the only two systems I ever really use are my SNES and my NES, I'd say I'm due for an upgrade. And not having to blow in my copy of Punch Out and Contra every time I feel like re-living my child-hood is probably worth the $250. I also happen to think that Wii Sports will be the best of the titles for the system. sure it seems like they are just "mini-games" but think of games like Duck Hunt, and the countless DAYS that were spent shooting at pixalated ducks. I can still whip that game out at a party and get a good response from pretty much any group of people who can remember the 80's. So I can see Wii tenis being an upgraded version of that. I doubt I'll buy one at luanch date (mostly because November is a bit too close to finals) I can see my Grad school interviews now "well you seem to have excelent grades... except for your fall semester of 2006 where you aparently failed every one of your classes" "Yeah... well... you see... Me and my room-mates thought it would be a good idea to throw a Wii party and that turned into about a 2 week session of duck hunt and tenis. Needless to say I forgot I even had exams... I should probably just leave now..."

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

There's an interesting offer coming in. I clearly plan to buy it at some point, but not at launch. I am really supportive of the new gameplay mechanics that can be introduced, but I am simply waiting for a game that will make me Wiiii. And so far that is going to be Fire Emblem. :-) So I'll wait before I buy, even though this is going to be the only system available for me.. To be honest, I won't be fooled by the "extra" features - Wii is a gaming console and I have already all I need ftor web browsing, message senging, music playing, photo editing, whatnuts. And they can try again as far as old system games are concerned, if they hope me to put more than a box or two. (Would they even translate all of the Front Mission episodes? Or bundle them together?) I also want to mention that I have not bought the Xbox360 and I won't buy the PS3 at launch either. The reason is still the same: though all consoles boast about their games, there simply is not any game that addresses players who like "strategy and not the all-action feel of the FPS". Patience... Side-note: I really find weird that the number of games developped on other Nintendo systems had gone so much down during the past 4-5 months. Ok some editors focus on the Wii, but that does not explain why the huge arrival flow of games on the GBA has nto really transferred to the DS yet.

sigurdkaimal
sigurdkaimal

I'm excited about the Wii for sure, I agree with most of the editors opinions. Games: I'll I need is Zelda and Wii sports for now. System: I wishing for under 200 but i'll take it, i love the fact that it comes with wii sports Controller: 60 bones!? that's too much but as long as they use it well Online: The single thing that put me over the top I don't mind the price point, I only want to get a few titles anyway.

rad_2xl
rad_2xl

Wii, I wait foe thee!

jamilsamf
jamilsamf

wii and the ps3 are the best but if i had to pick to buy one i wil pick nintendo because there is so much good game that they are going to have for examle,supersmash brother b,tony h,The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and more new game but the ps3 is ok but i now that the wii will sold out fitst now to talk about the xbox360 i hate it sorry but i have to talk **** **** x-box 360 and if you are cool with the xbox **** you too the only thing that i like about the xbox360 is halo

Wiifanboy_4life
Wiifanboy_4life

now im a wii fanboy for life, but the controller pricing is just ridiculous! but im getting it on day one of course. i want to get red steel when i get my wii, but the stakes are against me. ill probly have to wait to get more games. im thinkin X-mas. but until then, wii sports is fine. ill just get another controller, and me and my bro could play it ALLLLLLLLLLL day lond.

BooReno62
BooReno62

Pros and Cons of the press release Pros: Games and Launch lineup(Zelda!), System Price, Wii Sports bundled, Wii Avalibility, Free WiiConnect 24/Wi-fi, Controller wristband, All the Wii Channels Cons: Controller Price, Charging for Web browser, Virtual Console Price (iTunes is overpriced too!), One more thing: Sony is going down!

vaejas
vaejas

The online pricing will probably shake down over time. But like Reggie says, N isn't in the game to take a loss. There absolutely are retro games I will pay $10 for, but I don't forsee a shortage of compilations for portables, consoles, et al. Two dozen nifty and semi-nifty Capcom titles for $30 is fine.

Dogface356
Dogface356

I love the system and its features but can i ask:what does the hd tv have to do with the wii,360, and ps3? And im exited because in december i get to spend alot of money when im on my vacation and this will be the first game i buy.

newgamer2006
newgamer2006

Aweome, expecting 500,00 up here (north of U.S.A) only dissipointed is price of controllers and virtual console pricing, both way too high, maybe 50% off would be good

jponce
jponce

Whats really disappointing is the lack of online games, I thought Nintendo Learned that lesson...

sadiol
sadiol

Wii is going to be the best seller console. This time Sony is going to lose.