Nintendo reveals black Wii, red DSi

Matching Wii Remote and Classic Controller Pro also appear in Japan, where Nintendo's portable is also getting a new shade.

When Nintendo first announced its contribution to next-generation gaming back at E3 2005, the press shots for the console, then still known as the "Revolution," showed it in a variety of colours including red, green, and black. Since then the Wii has gone on to be the most popular console this generation, selling more than 50 million units and inspiring both Sony and Microsoft to implement some motion controls of their own.

The black Wii and Classic Controller Pro in all their glory.

Since launch, however, the console has been available only in white, with the multiple colours from the initial press shots failing to materialise. Today Nintendo has announced that the Wii will now be available in black in Japan. Accompanying the black Wii is a matching black Wii Remote and an equally glossy black Classic Controller Pro, which will also be available in white. The black Wii console's price remains the same as its white counterpart, at ¥25,000 (£158, $258), while the Classic Controller Pro weighs in at ¥2,000 (£12.64, $20.74).

The red DSi and black Wii with accessories

Nintendo also let loose a new DSi colour on Japan. The DSi will now be available in red, alongside the current pink, lime green, and metallic blue, which previously launched on March 20. Pricing for the new red model remains the same as other models at ¥18,000 (£114, $186). Currently the DSi is available only in white and black in Europe and in bright blue and black in the US.

The red DSi is set for release in Japan on July 11, with the black Wii launching a little later on August 1. When contacted about a European release, Nintendo UK simply said, "There are no current plans for Europe."

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KONEBOX
KONEBOX

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is an upcoming platforming game for the Nintendo Wii, but lets hope that they will release some kind of version of Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wii for the Nintendo DS... Super Mario Galaxy 2 DS anyone? :P

KONEBOX
KONEBOX

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chocomomiji
chocomomiji

darth vader would look good in silver

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

Black makes people more awesome. Look at Darth Vader.

Linkman0714
Linkman0714

wat the heck nintendo why different colors for different areas...did you ever think that i, an american, would like the black wii or the red DSi??? well guess wat nintedo i would like them but i cant buy them. Shame...

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

I hope Classic Controller Pro Supports GC games, It was pretty lame that the regular one didn't

Spiritwolf99
Spiritwolf99

Same value? At least it adds a bit of variety.

darksongbird
darksongbird

Sadly, we probably won't see a new Wii color for a while if we do at all.

flamingicicle
flamingicicle

i just put a black cover on my wii and will probably try to change the color of my dsi

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

Dude, black wii looks pimpin! I am not buying another wii just to get a black one, but I will certainly get a black wii remote.

udmatador
udmatador

thanks you jerks, i didn't want a white wii, so i waited, finally gave up becasue because all my friends were playing SSB without me, so i picked one up and 6 months later you announce a black one. you guys are really something...too bad your losing momentum because there is only a game worth playing on the wii every six months and it loses its steam after a month because it like number 20 in a sequel...i dont even care if teh new zelda dispenses real money after you win...its old, natal and the new eyetoy software is going to put this system on the same path as the gamecube... am i bitter about it? maybe.....but the fact is the wii was nothing more than gimmick..

ninjarat
ninjarat

the new wii controls looks a bit Sonyish

TheShadowLord07
TheShadowLord07

still don't have a wii and if they release a red one or a black. I will so buy it.

Flipyap28
Flipyap28

The only thing I care about is DS, wii just bores me with Mario after MARIO

fast23577
fast23577

I have a black wii already. The black looks a lot better than the white.

mAD_ADaption
mAD_ADaption

@sonic_superstar Many people I know bought the Elite because of the 120gb HD and a HDMI port, in addition to the black case. I might get two of the new classic controllers, since I don't have any yet. Two new black Wiimote-Nunchucks too, since I've only got two atm. I personally want those see-through fun colors the N64 had. Those where great!

sonic_superstar
sonic_superstar

Frankly, I agree with star77241. I'm not going to fork out another 200 pounds or so just for a different colour! I know one of the only reasons people got the xbox Elite was cos it was black- but it really doesn't matter. A black Wiimote + Nunchuck sounds sexy though.

star77241
star77241

I'd get the controller but not the Wii. All the colored skins they've had for the Wiimotes are freaking ugly but if they made the Wiimotes in those colors, I would buy those. They should just release new colored Wiimotes not Wiis.

BaronSector
BaronSector

Who really cares about the colour? Sure, they look nice, but i've already got a wii and I'm not planning on getting a dsi! And it's not even on sale in Australia yet, and they've got no plans for it to be!

E3Abe09
E3Abe09

I already sold my DSI because it was boring im not going to buy another one just because it's in Red.

PrideofOdin
PrideofOdin

I don't think I'm going to buy another Wii, I already sold one once, don't want to do it again

bardos-the-3rd
bardos-the-3rd

m3ow_cP like nate1222 says, playstation was before but the console had a control pad without sticks or rumble after a wile they brought out a control pad with 2 analog sticks and at the end the dual shock(though the span from the anlaog to the dual shock was so short that most of the people have forgotten), nintendo did it first and sony did it better

WhiteSoxBud
WhiteSoxBud

o man i have a white wii but the black one looks cooler

thingta42
thingta42

Hmm a Black wii and a Red DS is that the best Nintendo can come up with? Bring on the Wii HD already.. Playing a Console that is no more powerful than the Gamecube is silly in his Day and age when consoles and games are pushing graphics even further. Dont get me wrong im all for gameplay > graphics but.. When will we finaly see Mario or Link in true 1080p and where in 2009 still....

nate1222
nate1222

@m3ow_cP You're a tad mistaken. The PS1 did come out before N64. But N64 was the first to feature an anolog stick and the "Rumble-Pak" for 007 Golden Eye. Later, PS1 brought out "Dual Shock" with 2 anolog sticks and BUILT IN rumble. 2 anolog sticks, 4 face buttons, d-pad and 4 shoulder/trigger buttons are now industry stansard. But Nintendo did (1) anolog stick and rumble FIRST!

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Nintendo needs the Red DSi to compete with the Maroon Hana Montana themed PSP 3000. (Joking)

mister-sister
mister-sister

Nintendo is taking NSMB and making it for the Wii since it did good on the DS.... and now a SMG 2 that looks pretty much the same as the first one. Nothing inovative. I love mario games, but by Nintendo doing this, it really pisses me off.

oneEnigma
oneEnigma

a black wii just wow.. release games like Wind Waker and Mario Sunshine on it instead so we actually have some games we can play while we wait years for Galaxy/Twilight sequels. Some of us didnt buy the non3rd party supported Gamecube it would be nice if we could actually have a Wii library that has more than 10 good games in its lifetime, instead they just make money on us by sending out new peripherals that cost as much as the games

mahoney23
mahoney23

a black wii with a hard drive, that's what i want and untill they make it i'm not buying a wii.

bbbourb
bbbourb

This would be great if they were for release in the US as well. Maybe eventually, but I'm not holding my breath. It took forever to get different DS Lite colors, I doubt this will be any different.

ofer558
ofer558

Yay but still its late...

dont_know_2
dont_know_2

all i need is xbox,xbox 360,and a wii if the black wii doesn't release on north america by sep 29 ill buy a white 1

chupamelpo
chupamelpo

YES!!! This is what we're all waiting 4. I mean who cares about playing games when you have a black wii. Nintendo was a disaster at E3, but this totally redeems them selves. at E3, nintendo should off at least spent 20 minutes to talk about a black wii.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

If only the Wii, would target an older demographic with some more teen and mature games, cuz 3 years is enough to brainwash every 7-11 year old in the world. All the m games are call of duty 4-5 and that no more heroes crap. If not, I got my 60 gig launch PS3 and killzone 2 and infamous to keep me happy

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

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Wiiownzzz
Wiiownzzz

I think they waited too long. Unless they find a way to transfer my VC games I'm staying white.

Sir_Demii
Sir_Demii

Ever heard of perspective, Spectre?

Spectre77
Spectre77

Shouldn't the black Wii be bigger? :D

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@cquinn357 That was an estimate from a business annalist and at E3 Iwata from Nintendo said Nintendo would have a Wii HD out around three to eight years from now and it would very by the install base of HD TV's.

cquinn357
cquinn357

I heard that there will be a new HD WII 2 in 2010

TEH_EMPER0R
TEH_EMPER0R

Why is everyone blaming Nintendo for the minigame pointless motion controll waggle stuff. NINTENDO ARE DEVELOPING THESE GAMES!!!!! go blame D3 publisher and the other cash cows out there.... Nintendo have developed an awsome system which the developing world has abused and thats that.

Destiny_Hero
Destiny_Hero

The red of the DSi is too vibrant. I think a lot of red DSi owners are going to get sick of the color being everywhere on the inside. Not the best choice. As for the black Wii, it looks really cool. But you really have to question why they would do that, since everyone already has Wii, and people who don't have little reason to get one.

ravemaster_866
ravemaster_866

nice a red dsi i would rather that than the ones out now.

gary_safc
gary_safc

MISTER-SISTER. In some ways yeah nintendo is doing that taking our money. but also we buy nintendo consoles for mario, metroid, zelda games. there are 2 new mario games announced and 1 new metroid i mean come on man thats enough for now. until zelda is released 2010 hopfully.