GameSpot: Nintendo Predictions

Nintendo will hold a major press event on Thursday, September 14, and will potentially make an important announcement about the upcoming Wii console. GameSpot's editors try to guess what.

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UPDATE: Nintendo has made the announcement that the Wii will ship on November 19th in North America for $249.99. Stay tuned to GameSpot for Gut Reactions later today.

On Thursday, September 14, video game publisher and hardware manufacturer Nintendo will hold a press event, at which it will show off several games for its upcoming Wii console. For those who have followed the company's yearly schedule, this is an intriguing change of pace, since the company traditionally doesn't make an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show trade event in Japan. Also, Nintendo used to have its very own autumn press event known as Spaceworld but stopped holding the event five years ago.

Then again, the company is getting ready to launch a brand-new game console later this year--and the Nintendo Wii is easily both the most exciting and the most risky console design that Nintendo has ever put together. And something's up. The company must be getting ready to make an important announcement about the console on Thursday, right? Will it be the final price? Its official launch date in North America, or worldwide? The lineup of launch games? Some other kind of surprise? GameSpot's editors are just as curious as you are. Take a look at our thoughts here and be sure to leave a comment of your own.

Greg Mueller | Associate Editor

"Nintendo will announce that the Wii will follow the GameCube's lead and launch on November 18 for $199, and it will also announce an early 2007 release date for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess."

Greg Kasavin | Editor-in-Chief

"I'm sticking to my guns about a $249 price point for the Wii, and my best guess is it'll come out first in the United States on Sunday, November 5, and that maybe, just maybe, The Legend of Zelda will be bundled with it."

Andrew Park | Senior Editor

"I see a finalized price of $199 US, a launch date of November 21 (the Tuesday just before the American Thanksgiving holiday), and possibly some new announcements on launch lineups for the Virtual Console."

James Yu | Senior Hardware Editor

"Best case, I see Nintendo going after the mainstream with an aggressive $179 price and surprising us with an October 29 launch date. It's been rumored that the controller will have a built-in microphone for audio interaction and voice communication--I'm hoping we'll hear more about that on Thursday."

Brian Ekberg | Sports Editor

"Here's my supersecret (and entirely speculative) code for this Thursday's Nintendo Wii event: 111406 249 10. As in, a November 14 release date for $249 with 10 games available at release."

Jeff Gerstmann | Senior Editor

"$249 makes sense as a launch price. I predict they'll put it out right before Thanksgiving to capitalize on the shopping craze. We'll see a firm launch lineup, and they'll probably also reveal something else crazy because that's Nintendo's style."

Phil Elliott | Editor, GameSpot UK

"I can see Nintendo going for a nice round number in the UK--something like £150--and they'll launch on Friday, November 24."

Guy Cocker | Staff Writer, GameSpot UK

"Pre-December launch at $200 in the US and $300 (£160) in the UK, although I'll be praying for no Sony-style European postponements."

Brad Shoemaker | Editor

"Instead of predicting, I'm going to wish for a $149 price point, and it'd be awfully interesting to see the Wii jump the PS3 by a full month by launching in mid-October."

Justin Calvert | Editor

"I'm hoping for a price tag of around $169 US and a launch date this side of Thanksgiving. Beyond that, I'd like to see both the Super Famicom and the Nintendo 64 versions of Mario Kart among the Virtual Console launch titles."

Sarju Shah | Associate Hardware Editor

"I could see Nintendo pulling a preemptive strike with the Wii--with a launch some time in October at a price point of $179."

Randolph Ramsay | Editor, GameSpot Australia

"I predict Nintendo will release the Wii with much fanfare on Thursday November 23 at the almost bargain basement price of AU$350. To get the Australian public revved up for the launch, Nintendo will start a national Wii roadshow where gamers can try out the new console from late October."






What do you think? Are our predictions close? Do you have a better guess about what Nintendo may announce tomorrow? Post your comments here!

Discussion

514 comments
Vincent90
Vincent90

Definitely getting a Wii first, nothing can sway me from a brand new Zelda (except having no income, which is when Wind Waker came out) and Twilight Princess just keeps looking better and better.

muppet1010
muppet1010

To be honest I think and hope that the nitendo wii will slaughter the ps3. I can't see alot of mummy's and daddy's paying out however much the ps3 is, and then a hell of a lot more for games. But mummy's and daddy's would be all too willing to buy the much cheaper nintendo wii. I hope the nintendo is a runaway success, and I also hope they dont release a later model completely ditching people who bought the original...*cough*ds lite.

3232
3232

I think that 180 poundis a very good price for wat you get. Im getting one !

16tony16
16tony16

you can buy almost 2 Wii and a gamecube for the price of a PS3. I think Nintendo will beat Sony when in amount sold. No one is going to buy a PS3 for christmas(at least my parents wont) they will buy the wii for $279.99 also the games are funner i have ps2 and after a while you get sooo tired of doing the same thing over and over:D

godlessvilan
godlessvilan

I predict that the Nintendo Wii will blow PS3 out of the water for the Christmas rush. With its release date of November 19th at 249.99 U.S and 279.99 Can.and is much much cheaper than the PS3 at release date price of 599.99. The Wii has a much more family look to it too, and lets face it Nintendo has the best family oriented games out there.

Sokoto16
Sokoto16

My guestaments are probably $225, 50 or so games out, maybe a littke less all on Novmeber 17th. I also agree with kturpin about them launching the Twilight Princess or Metroid: Curruption.

mesony
mesony

wow good deal i will buy a Wii now only $249.98 buy it to if not buy a Xbox360 but do not buy a PS3

kezsim
kezsim

i predict the controller will work flawlessly, don't judge a book by its cover. Nintendo used one kill word, that could damage their sales and has some people in doubt. the word is gyroscope, the same thing that condemned Segway 1 to the scrapheap. a few of my friends have had trouble with gyros, but those troublesome gyros are mechanical, and have a set flaw point when it encounters resistance. but Nintendo's new wii, uses optical gyroscopes, which don't break under resistance, because optical gyroscopes use fiber optics to judge distance and movement. if you have ever had a bad experience with gyroscope technology, either blame Sperry, the company that invented mechanical gyroscopes, or don't apply it to the wii.

TehPizzaHut
TehPizzaHut

@AnGrYpHiL: The launch info has already been announced. It IS $249.99

AnGrYpHiL
AnGrYpHiL

Itd be awesome if it would launch at $199.00 but realistically it'll probobly $249.99 which is still cheap compared to the next gen systems

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

nice prediction jeff, nintendo never fails to bring a new type of sandwich to the feeding xD cant wait

knife_him
knife_him

i think the new Nintendo wii has the potential to beat the ps3 and xbox 360 but they really have to bring out some good games to take advantage of the controller. People should look past the graphics of the ps3 and xbox 360 and think of the gameplay and save abit of money as well.

knife_him
knife_him

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RedIceX
RedIceX

i want to know if ya are also going to have the spiderman game for it......

RedIceX
RedIceX

i dont care...i just cant wait till it comes out...cuse this console is going to be off the hook.....

GAMEADDICTX1
GAMEADDICTX1

And damn Nintendo, why you gotta mess with me more on release dates? Oh well, I like your style.

GAMEADDICTX1
GAMEADDICTX1

My guess. November 14th $215 Around 20 games at launch. And 50 Virtual Gonsol games at the end of the year Hey, it's just a guess.

wiidreamer
wiidreamer

My predictions are Nov. 19th for $249

melvinf7
melvinf7

U know what i havent herad any one else talking bout this but why can't we use our gamecube controllers to nes snes and N64 games and im sure they couls come up some kind of controller config to use with the sega gen,turbo grafx games although im not very familer with the turbo grafx this seem like it would cut cost for thoses of us who have gamecube controllers laying since the wii is backward compatibale anyway with gamecube controllers less money we would have to shell out not that im bashing nintendo or nothing because they really are my favorite franchise even though i have my ps2 and xbox 360 i really beleive nintendo put extra care in the way there games are developed even some may be kiddi u can pretty pick up any game and find some thing u can like buts whats up with that $60 buck total for extra wiimote why not have a $45 dollar price tag thats not asking to much sich the system itself is $250 Buck not trying to be cheap here but u are still going to pay like $400 to $500 once u buy one wiimote one game and a nice size sd card for those wont dont have one already but hey im going to get it anyway way better than that $600 price tag of the PS3 yeah dont think ima touch that for a lil while i give that a year or at least until the price drops and what if microsoft drop the price tag of the 360 down when the Ps3 and Wii lauches it might help a teeny lil bit but hey who wants one anyway i barely play mine to busy playing though my zelda games on N64 And gamecube getting for TLOZ.TP but anyway chew on that thought for a min im out

Mkherkzen
Mkherkzen

Well, I thought that Nintendo will (just once) follow it's competitors and launch two versions of Wii. That is: 1. Basic (priced at 200$) - Wii console (black or white), a Wii-mote, a sensor bar, an AC adapter, an AV cable...and that's all. 2. Premium (250$) - Wii console (black or white), a Wii-mote, the Nunchuk attachment, the Zapper (a "shell" for the Wii-mote and the Nunchuk), a stand for the console (the one that some time ago was rumoured to be the AC adapter), a sensor bar, an AC adapter, an AV cable, maybe a composite cable and a 512 Mb SD card. Is this such a bad idea? The actual bundle contents are something between those two created by me, plus the Wii Sports game which, like other first-party games, would normally be priced at 50$. It's easy to calculate: The bundle (200$) + Wii Sports (50$) = 250$ All in all, I would rather want those two options described by me or a possibility of not buying the Wii Sports and gaining 50$ for some other game like, for instance, Project Hammer (I can't find it on the launch-titles list - why?). P.S. One more thing...I WANT A BLACK WII!!! :(

ElendilElessar
ElendilElessar

aldrenar47 Har har... you guys were all wrong Umm... These are only opinions and it is labeled sept 13 by now they will know already retard

Dualmask
Dualmask

On Nintendo.com, it says MSRP of $249.99. That's all I know. Still a great price, but hey, lower is good too. :-)

VINCEMEDINA
VINCEMEDINA

I think $200 should be the final price if they want to make a very fatal blow to Sony and Microsoft,I would deffinately buy a couple of games at launch at that price

BeefBoy25
BeefBoy25

I can't wait to see what happens !!!!!!!!!

adijan
adijan

Good job on your guess's

LanceK17
LanceK17

Gotta Love Nintendo!!!!!!!

Sciby09
Sciby09

all they had to do was drop the price $50 to $200 and they could of had the market rapped up oh well $250 is still a respectable price. Its wii time

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Don't feel bad, rennettio. Maybe it'll mean any kinks we encounter (*snicker* from Nintendo? yeah right) will be smoothed out by the Europe release. At least they didn't promise it'd be a simul-release and take it back. It's nice to see SOME companies don't have to backpedal.

rennettio
rennettio

why didnt they say a Europe release date? no offense to Microsoft, but i don't really want a Xbox360 for christmas

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

More than likely this system will be $199 by next year, as with their older systems time lines...

yuginodo
yuginodo

Sony's defeat for the PS3 depends on if the Wii controller actually works. I think it will but I'm a bit skeptical...

mgu
mgu

Awesome!!! no more high prices like $400+ can't wait for Wii!! I heard many rumors of the new things the controller is capable of doing!! ^_^

Draconis77
Draconis77

Can't believe some people were expecting it to cost $150. I felt it would be $250. Bundled game is a bonus.

Morhavoc_IRL
Morhavoc_IRL

this is gona kill SONY in europe( but they brought it on themselves) its looks good and the price tag isnt bad either

besh5989
besh5989

i think UK Nov 24th £169.99 same wii sports bundle as US

urluckyday
urluckyday

Good stuff...can't wait...pretty good guesses on average...

juanfraino
juanfraino

Greg M. Almost got the date right ALMOST! :o

eggo21
eggo21

Well I was right about price 249.99. Out on Nov.19 06 seems wrong should've been sooner. To be ahead of PS3. I was also right about a bundle game. I said the Wii music but hey the Wii Sports is way better. I was also right about Metroid Prime 3 out in 07. Zelda Wii the greatest launch game since Mario64. The Classic Controller is 19.99 My complain isThe Wii Remote is 39.99 and the attachment is 19.99. The price tag on games 49.99-59.99 is common sense for next-gen. The virtual console is looking great. I hope in the long run it will inculde Sega Saturn and the Dreamcast games. What is the deal with online play? Pokemon will be the first. What about Call of Duty 3 inwhich is a launch title. The Wii Channels are excellant it has everything: Net,download shop,weather,photo,news, Wii Sims-type,more on the way. This is great start to go up against Xbox Live. I hope there's more updates. I cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UltimaXIV
UltimaXIV

You should wait for the Nintendo Wii Lite lol ^_^

Jamaipanese
Jamaipanese

"$249 makes sense as a launch price. I predict they'll put it out right before Thanksgiving to capitalize on the shopping craze. We'll see a firm launch lineup, and they'll probably also reveal something else crazy because that's Nintendo's style."

Fire_Fly
Fire_Fly

I'm very happy with a $250 (well, I am british so I will really have to wait tilol it gets turned into poundage). But I think $250 is just enough for it to sound cheap but high enough for me to have confidence that the console is a good step up from the GCN. If they had announced it at $170-$200 I would have been worried that it was going to be almost exactly the same as the GCN on the inside and that the controller might have been poor quality, especially as Nintendo make a profit on their consoles.

Ariolander
Ariolander

*sigh* Nintendo you dropped the ball. You should have dropped that price point further and made a killing. @ $250 I can no longer support a Wii60. Sure I will still buy one but you have me severly disappointed.

Gromstar
Gromstar

250 on november 19th. bet ya

DoubleDragon
DoubleDragon

250 sounds like a believable price point. I'd say around late november is the launch too.