Wii cuts up the Big Apple

NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime confirms $249.99 price, November 19 launch, 25-game day-one lineup; Twilight Princess available immediately for Wii <i>only</i>, Metroid 3 pushed to 2007.

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NEW YORK--At Nintendo's Wii press event this morning--where it had been expected the company would unveil the full monty on the Wii--attendees arrived to find the cat was already out of the bag. The New York Times and USA Today have now both reported the two pieces of information most sought after by diehard fans: The Wii will cost $250 in the US and go on sale November 19. Nintendo told the papers other juicy pieces of information about the Wii release, including a 25-strong launch lineup, pricing on the virtual console's downloadable classic games, and the inclusion of Wii Sports as a pack-in game.

Meanwhile over in Tokyo, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced the Wii would go on sale in Japan on December 2 for 25,000 yen--around $213. Since then, the Japanese Wii site has posted extensive information and videos of the Wii's media functions in action, as well as a slick montage of its Japanese launch games.

The hottest details may have already hit the wire, but GameSpot is still front and center at Nintendo's cozy presentation, expected to be led by prominent NOA president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. Stay tuned for a live blog with all the pertinent info, with a tape-delayed video stream of the entire presentation to come at 12 p.m. EDT / 9 a.m. PDT. Also, visit GameSpot's Wii Launch Center for all the latest Wii updates throughout the day.

9:05 a.m. EDT: Attendees are just starting to filter into the conference space, and the show is set to begin soon.

9:15 a.m.: The place is still filling up. Time to sheperd the nerd herd into their seats.

Waiting for the Wii.

9:19 a.m.: NOA VP of marketing Perrin Kaplan has taken the stage to talk about the three near-simultaneous events in Tokyo, London, and here in New York. Now she's introducing the man everyone wants to hear from: newly anointed NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime.

9:23 a.m.: The Regginator speaks! "The next step in gaming is bringing gaming back to the masses." Obviously it's working for them so far, if you'll notice the brain-training craze and the runaway popularity of the Nintendo DS. Not surprisingly, those are exactly the products he's talking about now.

9:27 a.m.: Here comes the hard info. "One price, one configuration, one color." So there's only a white one (for now), it comes with the nunchaku and so-called "Wiimote" controllers, and it costs...$249.99! The system will show up at 25,000 retail locations, so it probably won't be too hard to find one--especially since Reggie just promised 4 million units shipped globally by the end of calendar 2006, with the majority share going to North America.

9:29 a.m.: But what's in the box? One Wii remote, one nunchaku, both included. Don't forget about Wii Sports, the first pack-in game at launch since the SNES. Speaking of which, we're now seeing a demo of Bowling--one of the games included in Wii Sports.

9:32 a.m.: Like almost every Wii game so far, Bowling is played just like you would in real life: throw the ball as if it were real. You can purportedly put some spin on it, too. We'll have a more detailed report later today.

Perrin Kaplan and Reggie Fils-Aime.

9:33 a.m.: And the final Wii Sports lineup is...Tennis, Golf, Baseball, Bowling, and Boxing?! That's new. This should be interesting.

9:35 a.m.: Reggie's talking about the 25-game launch lineup, not surprisingly being led by The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Excite Truck will also be out on day one. He makes much of the fact that this is the first Nintendo console to launch with a Zelda...though, admittedly, this Zelda was originally intended for the previous console.

9:39 a.m.: Here's a random sampling of third-party games that will be out on day one: Call of Duty 3, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam, Trauma Center: Second Opinion, Need for Speed: Carbon, Madden 07, Elebits, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Splinter Cell Double Agent.

9:41 a.m.: More details that we already knew: roughly 30 games by the end of the year and all first-party games will be in at $49.99 or under. But here's something we haven't heard much about in the US yet: "Wii Channels." Reggie says this idea is meant to expand the console's interface for all the members of the family.

9:44 a.m.: Now we're getting slides of the Wii Channels interface, which lets you start up a Wii or GameCube disc, as well as hit the "Wii Shop Channel" to buy older games for the Virtual Console (look for Super Mario World and Super Mario 64 at launch). After launch, Nintendo is estimating around 10 new games a month to be available.

Surprisingly, full pricing details are here. NES games will be available for 500 Wii points, Super NES games for 800, and Nintendo 64 for 1,000. Wait, Wii what? Looks like they're taking the same tack as Microsoft: Consumers part with fake money more easily than real money. A 2,000 Wii points card can be had at retail for $20--so that's $5, $8, and $10 a pop, respectively.

It's not you, it's "Mii."

9:46 a.m.: Bill Trinen is showing off the "Mii" channel, which lets you create your cartoonlike avatar to represent yourself within games. To demonstrate the flexibility of the Mii character-creation utility--which lets you pick hair styles, skin color, facial features, and so on--Trinen is creating a rather, uh, loose interpretation of Samuel L. Jackson. After finishing the Mii, he's got it running around with pretty accurate Mii versions of Iwata and Miyamoto.

9:50 a.m.: The second component of the Mii concept is transporting your Miis elsewhere, since they're stored on your remote. Head to a friend's house, play tennis with your controller, and you'll see your Mii pop right up in the game.

Now we're getting a demo of the photo channel, which is a pretty standard photo viewer. The most impressive thing here is how quickly Bill is navigating the photos with the Wii remote, which works like a mouse. You can also view videos through this thing, even adding mosaic effects or turning the video into a slide puzzle.

9:53 a.m.: Reggie again with some more channels, like weather reports and news headlines (which are updated nonstop through WiiConnect 24 so you can read them anytime). A messaging service is also in place, letting you send messages to other users on the Wii or even to their cell phones (though Reggie didn't say exactly how this will work).

Is Reggie already suffering from Wiimote-wrist?

Finally, there's the Internet channel, which is basically just the Opera browser--you'll need to cash in Wii points to purchase it. But the Wii remote does seem uniquely suited to surfing the Web on your couch.

9:55 a.m.: Reggie emphasizes the positioning of the Wii Channels interface for the casual, mainstream user. He makes a point of saying that the Channels interface will come up immediately, with no lengthy boot-up process to get in the way.

9:59 a.m.: That's the end of today's scheduled programming. On with the Q&A!

Additional "Wiimote" remotes will be $39.99, separate from the nunchaku, which will be an additional $19.99. So be sure not to lose the nunchaku or Wiimote that comes with the console!

Will the system have its own internal memory for photos and such? Kaplan says it will have some capacity for internal memory, but "most" of the storage will indeed be through SD cards.

Of the 30 games promised by year's end, Kaplan says about half of those will be available at launch. Sounds like Zelda, Excite Truck, and Wii Sports are the only first-party ones, though. While first-party games are indeed $50 and under, third parties are--not surprisingly--free to set their own pricing on upcoming games.

Uh-oh. GameCube Twilight Princess now pushed back to December.

All first-party games and most (if not all) other Wii content will be capable of the 16:9 aspect ratio used by HDTVs but will not be in high definition.

Will the DS and Wii be interoperable? "You'll be hearing more in the future about that," says Kaplan. Nothing today, though.

It's official: Metroid Prime 3 is now a "2007" title.

Pokèmon Battle Revolution (just announced in Japan) will be the first online-multiplayer-enabled game. Um, good?

10:11 a.m. EDT: The presentation is officially over, and we now have a pretty clear picture of the Wii launch in the US. We're on to check out all the playable games, so stay tuned for hands-on stories and videos later in the day. Also, check back tomorrow for news from Nintendo Europe's event in London.

Discussion

1192 comments
zemognavi
zemognavi

the wii will go on sale for 250 bucks...thats about the price of a psp...why are people saying thats a bit to much...nintendo has to charge a little extra there not like sony or microsoft if sony or microsofts consoles dont bring in enough money they got other stuff bringing in money. Nintendo is just plain video games if they dont sale, there screwed...

Monchie
Monchie

that Wii channel thing sounds cool but wats with the browser? is it payments a month, year or free? someone tell me!!!!!!

KibaandAkamaru
KibaandAkamaru

Okay... what happened to the 5 or 6 colors they had ealier this year when they first revealed the look of the wii? there was black, maginta, green, white, silver. Did they scratch those colors because there cool? I've always been a Nintendo fan but I wanted a black one... I bet right when I buy one a kick ass color (like black or orange or even better! Black AND orange!) will come out and i'll be like "Damn. I knew I shoulda waited." DAMN YOU NINTENDO! WHY DO YOU SMITE ME?!?

dudymcdude
dudymcdude

i hope red steel comes out near the launch time, coz it looks mint

SimmySamSam
SimmySamSam

mnitmare8 i was talking about online play like with other people across the country, not the web browser, they're two totally different things! and ur right graphics dont neccisarily make a game fun but they do make a game better. It is all about gameplay but thats the basics. dont you want something jam packed with other awesome things like good graphics and online play?!? and as for calling me simmysam dumb, low blow man low blow

mnitemare8
mnitemare8

All i have to say simmysamdumb is how can you say in the same statement that wii has no online and then speak on the internet browser ? honestly i have every system that has come out in the last 10 years (except for the remakes) and the system that kept my attention was always nintendos, because they always had replay value...and people lets not get it twisted... BETTER GRAPHICS DO NOT MAKE A GAME FUN!!! let me hear somebody say.. Hey i wanna play that erase the chalkboard game, it's in HD on Bluray!!!! lol...fun is fun, no matter what system it appears on!! But i have to speak out loud....i'm looking forward to the Wii, and expecially FPS on it!!!!

SimmySamSam
SimmySamSam

haha This is so funny. the wii will be 250$. you all say "yeah thats cheap and it has a game too!!" yeah wii sports... that will be fun for a few days maybe a few more with online---- oh wiat wii doesnt hav online thats right! big shot in both feet if you ask me! Plus did any of you notice the price of the controller?!? 40$ for the main remote part. reasonable controller price but wait the nunchuck attachment is 20$ more, and as far as i know all the games for th Wii need the nunchuck. That brings it up to 60$!! plus if you have friends you'll need three more fully equipped Wii-mote. that brings the the total price of a full Wii station with game and 4 fully equipped controller to the final price of 430$!! So all you ppl out there who say Wii is cheaper than Ps3 and xbox 360 your wrong!! its right up there with them!! so now that there all on an even playing field which looks better now hmm? Wii has no online, 480p graphics(ppfffff), and expensive controllers that could totally suck! and all those ppl who say that the wii-mote will help fat ppl get skinny, thats bull! you wouldnt have to get up and do a full swing to hit the base ball or what ever! you could easlily just flick yur wrist! and the wii channel with weather and news uh yeah, its called the weather channel and CNN. and woopteedoo for the web browser! u hav to pay after 06!! Ps3's is free! im so tired of ppl bashing the ps3!! its a much better system! and ppl only hate it because it costs more!! wut did u think was going to happen with future console, they'd get cheaper!!! So honestly people, Wii looks cool ill admit but there are just better consoles(Xbox360,PS3) and the wii just pales in comparison to them both.

darthzew
darthzew

People here are ranting on about how it's amazing. This stuff sounds nice, but then again, on what grounds can you prove to me that the controller is any good?? Most games are probably gonna be the same thing with a few motion sensor gimmicks. No, the Wii is not more powerful than the 360. PS3 sucks, Xbox 360 rules, and the Wii is EXTREMELY indeterminate as NOTHING they say is good can be at the least proven to be right. So don't get your hopes Nintendo lovers.

darknight570
darknight570

I wonder why they pushed back the darn zelda for gamecube. Could it be that they are trying to force us to buy a wiii? I didn't need to be forced guys.

thirdstsaints
thirdstsaints

~YAY~ cant wait for the wii!! itll be the best.... mayb achievment points.... or sumthin like it... also yea were is GS???? this hasnt changed at all

luckynumber6
luckynumber6

i wonder what would the connection be like with the ds and wii cant wait 4 the launch!

ZeroWil
ZeroWil

I hope Nintendo gives the consumers free Wii points at launch. Also, they should have something like the Xbox Live Achievement Points. So you won't always have to pay $20 for 2000 points. Exciting news though.

Mateoman17
Mateoman17

Okay, what gives? Where are the Gamespot guys? I haven't seen a single thing change on this page in over a week. I'm sorely dissapointed.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

well im not suprised zelda is fot the wii only

Flamez_2_Blaze
Flamez_2_Blaze

hurry up days!!! only about like 55 dayz 2 go!!! >:( ........:)

runejedi
runejedi

all i can say is when i get my copy of wii im gonna sit down and have a huge 10 hour wii and if anyone tries to stop me well they wont because from evrything ive read the wii is by far the most advanced gaming system on the planet and u dont need to spend thousands of dollars on a hd tv setup to make it look half decent its gonna be so much fun ps wii wii wii.!

Toggy25
Toggy25

The Wii is gonna be crazy fresh

Peeslurper
Peeslurper

Shut up and stop complaining. walkerctranger is right. were tired of more buttons and better graphics. Wii want better gameplay. and compared to xbox360 $300-$400 and the ps3 $500-$600, this is the best game system ever invented!

jerm1403
jerm1403

do you realize you are getting a Wii, Gamecube, Super Nintendo, NES, Turbo graphix, Wiimote+nunchuk, and the Wii Sports for $250? so stop complaining

Inferno636
Inferno636

Walkerctranger, you're right. Why is everyone complaining!!! This thing ALSO comes with 5 games (which sports might seem bad but with the Wiimote is fun) AND a FREE controller, FREE Wi-Fi connection, and a HARD-DRIVE. And it's MORE powerful than the Xbox. So stop complaining Nintendo haters and think for a minute.

walkerctranger
walkerctranger

why are some people complaining? this is the cheapest console in years, its packaged with a game and has the internet and finally isnt a system that is only better than the last system graphic wise and keeps anding on buttons. nintendo I applaud you, for making games FUN!!!! I hate my 360 because the graphics arent that great, and the games are just boring and complicated, and take way to much effort, the ps3 is way to expensive and for all you who are waiting for the price to go down, it wont, they say it actually coats more to make then they are selling it for, and there game linr up is just terrible

mikeweiss
mikeweiss

what exactly does the wii come with? i know it will come with the wiimote and the expansion and wii sports, but does it come with the old controller expansion?

xatman911
xatman911

This rules. I might buy it. Does the Wii need broadband connection or can it be used with dial-up. I wonder. Wii is worth switching over to broadband.

Spongetron_X
Spongetron_X

last time I check, no other system offers motion sensitive control, free online high-quality play, over 30-games by end of year, backwards compatiblity with systems from the past 20-years (not only Nintendo systems), a game with multiple games, a complete controller, all the hard drive space needed, in a nice and sexy box for $250.

calob202
calob202

i dont believe any current gen system offers motion sensor controllers, so current gen clearly doesnt offer everything or even close to anything the wii does

Crisis_Eye
Crisis_Eye

Surprisingly, full pricing details are here. NES games will be available for 500 Wii points, Super NES games for 800, and Nintendo 64 for 1,000. Wait, Wii what? Looks like they're taking the same tack as Microsoft: Consumers part with fake money more easily than real money. A 2,000 Wii points card can be had at retail for $20--so that's $5, $8, and $10 a pop, respectively. So we only need points to get the old games?! sweet!

xdumbxjackassx
xdumbxjackassx

What's the point of calling it a next-gen console if you get everything our current gen offers.

DanDaCanadian
DanDaCanadian

For what you are getting, it is VERY expensive. No HD, xbox 1 graphics, A single controler (which is INCREDIBLY expensive for what it really is, a remote) oh and $10 for n64 games? come on! i can get the same games used for like 4 dollars. Oh, and tho really nothing, you cant use say, a real picture as your avatar, you have to make some really crappy looking cartoony... thing

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

SoRealYetSoFar
SoRealYetSoFar

oh yeah, reggie's name should be changed to reggie fils-lame,

SoRealYetSoFar
SoRealYetSoFar

Why would anyone pay $250 for a controller, a level 2 version of a sissy gamecube which nintendo forgot about after metroid, mario and zelda ? its just plain dumb ,nintendo is lame. do the math, its youre not buyin a new system, ure just buyin a remote

60010
60010

Hopefully the Wii will redeem Nintendo from the purple door stop, but anyway I'm still getting Wii on the day of release for one very important reason and that is adult Link. As for the ps3 you can get that or you ca get the Wii which has a game in box and to match the price of the ps3 I can buy an extra Wii-mote, 5 Wii games, and still have money left over to cover tax that's better then spending $600 for just a console even if it has HD. With current game graphics HD not that great this is assuming you already spent near or over a thousand dollars for a HD tv.

secksncigs
secksncigs

This seals it for me. Pre order definately. Not in the least bit interested in the ps3. Less is more. It's a console system, I hope Nintendo never loses site of that and starts adding all the needless bells and whistles the other two pile on to jack up the price.

crills
crills

all these non beleavers wii dont need hd or blue ray. lets be real i been playing games for at least 30 years so in my opinion i dont care about graphics if it plays crappy .so i wont buy no system that there seeling point is look we have hd or blue ray . im were the great game plays at so ill be buying a wii. id rather get a system with no hd thats all about game play then how the games look . one more thing i dont see wat the big thing with hd is when no games on the 360 dont look better then resident evil 4 and im talking in game not cut sceens and even that looked good in res 4 . so please as a vet gamer i feel games need to focus more on the game play then when thats masterered to were games play at its peek then we can focus on the gaphics and make them look like real life . but hay thats just my opinion.P.S does any body no if soul blazer will be in the vc on the wii or crono trigger i have them both but dont want to open the origanal package they came in cause i know they will be worth more when my sons are my age.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Yeah, it's been a while since there's been some real innovation in console games, so i'll be buying a Wii first.But i always buy the Nintendo system first because the games are always quality to the extreme.The PS3 is gonna have to wait for a couple years, since it ain't worth no 600 bucks.No console is..

Maxdriva
Maxdriva

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Maxdriva

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slightlyst0opid
slightlyst0opid

the difference is people that want innovative unique game play will get a wii, those people that like shiny graphics will get a ps3. I already own a 360 and between that and a wii i have no need for a ps3 until it's price drops to a reasonable amount for it's marginal graphic improvement over 360.

soopakhan
soopakhan

I gonna buy a wii cuz it cheapa than ps2 and 360 i dun like

bart8558
bart8558

60 dollars for a complete single wii controller???!!!! thats going to suck for four player games!!!!!!

jumpman14
jumpman14

I thought the price would be lower but i can't complain.

linkluigi5
linkluigi5

no. a wii + 360=ps3. fck that. (250+400=650)(ps3=600)

nicotut
nicotut

I'm going to get a PS3 in about 5 yrs or so when the price drops. It's just crazy that one PS3 will pay for 3 Wii systems. Just a thought.

Razor645
Razor645

You guys complain to much. The price is awsome, the date is good because we all know there isnt gonna be enough ps3. The sytem ownes and so does the controller so its gonna coast money. Cant wait to camp out for it. I can becasue its launch is on a sunday.

Imallvol7
Imallvol7

Geez im going to be tired, im going to be waiting in line for ps3 for like 2 days and then just get back in line at the same store as soon as i get my ps3 for the wii, its just like the xbox gc launch dates, and everyone knows what happened to them :(

Versus_XIII
Versus_XIII

Yeah. What a weird launch date...hmmmm. The price was even worse.