Wii launching in Korea on April 26

Well over a year after Nintendo sets up Korean offices, the hardware maker officially dates and prices its hot-commodity console for the region.

Back in July 2006, Nintendo opened an office in South Korea and seemed to have plans to begin bringing its products to the tech-savvy nation. However, almost a year went by before the DS Lite was released into the South Korean wilds, with local heartthrob Jan Dong-gun roped in to promote it.

At the same time, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the Mario Factory was now planning to "move aggressively" into the Korean market and that the Wii was going to appear there late in 2007, a statement the exec revised in October to sometime in 2008.

Now the Wii has been officially dated to be released in South Korea on April 26 and will be priced at 220,000 won ($224).

There will be nine games available for launch: Wii Sports; Wii Play (which comes with an extra controller); Rayman Raving Rabbids 2; Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure; FIFA 08; Elebits; Namco Museum Remix; Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock; and Super Swing Golf Season 2. The games will retail at a variety of price points, with the lowest being Namco Museum Remix at 38,000 won ($39) and the highest being 88,000 won ($90) for Guitar Hero III with the guitar.

Ten games will be available for download through the Wii's Virtual Console at launch: Mario Kart 64, Contra III, Cybernator, Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Gradius III, Kirby's Adventure, Super Mario Bros., Antarctic Adventure, and Donkey Kong. These will cost between 400 and 800 Wii points each, as they do elsewhere.

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3anks
3anks

They can't even keep up demand here in the states. How are they launching in another country? Maybe nintendo is hoarding systems!

Kezman118
Kezman118

If Korea is getting it, then when is it coming to Hong Kong? (P.S: Hong Kong is not in Japan)

HappyBB
HappyBB

Korea is a country known for game-piracy. Korean retailers probably have imported Japanese version of Wiis and sold them since day one, along with pirated games. Even Korean gamers openly admit that pirated games can easily be found on the street! Launching Wii in the Korean market makes no celebrated news for me.

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

wow...there like neighbors and it took this long...thats politics for you

_em_
_em_

It sure has taken awhile. o.o Korea's not really a large country, but they certaintly do game--I thought something like the Wii would be there much sooner than this. Not much really in the way of launch titles, but I assume that's because they have to translate the games into Korean...

black_ice23
black_ice23

you figure they would release there heavy hitters 1st ya know galaxy, brawl , mp3 , zelda

Darth-Caedus
Darth-Caedus

:| Its took them that long to get it over there O_o

Merl57
Merl57

Not sure if it is going to sell because South Korea is the MMO leader of the world basically, because of their unrivaled internet connection speeds.

football_legend
football_legend

It still didn't lunch there....wtf... i even saw the wiis in third world nations in a recent tour..

Trashcan_Man
Trashcan_Man

Sail more of those consoles over here, and end the bloody shortage. I know a few people who still haven't been able to find one. Every time I'm at Target I hear some mom getting frustrated that there aren't any Wii's in-stock. Hurry Nintendo--the window is closing!!! *coughGTAIVcough*

typeRseries
typeRseries

unless you have extra money save it for starcraft 2 xD

nate1222
nate1222

This is something a friend and I were talking about, regarding Nintendo's strategy. Nintendo wants to be affordable and available in places where "console" gaming rarely, if ever, thrives. Sony and Microsoft often avoid/ignore such regions. If CONSOLE gaming is going to become GLOBAL then it needs to become 'affordable, accessible and easy to use'. Nintendo offers that in the Wii. Fromwhat I gather, Korea rarely even gets consoles in their region and when they do it's too expensive for the average gamer. Thus, they're mostly a "PC ONLY" croud. And the PC games they play are often older games with low system requiremnts (Counter Strike, UT1999,Half-Life,Star Craft). Nintendo just might get a decent foot hold in Korea.

Super-Mario-Fan
Super-Mario-Fan

Releasing the console in a new region will definately boost worldwide sales.

ocdog45
ocdog45

the madness is about to begin in korea.

ise1880
ise1880

this just in ! Atari 2600 just released in korea! this just in ! sega saturn just released in korea! this just in ! virtual boy just released in korea! o_O

cooldude03
cooldude03

Every gamer should own a Wii. I'm always happy when gamers get to game. Play on Korea

proair92
proair92

We also had about fifty launch titles, what happened to that?

proair92
proair92

I thought it was between 500 and 1000 Wii points for the VC games?

re4leonkennedy
re4leonkennedy

I wished the US used another form of currency. 220,000 won sounds so much better than 224 dollars

_JPH_
_JPH_

I don't care actually. I don't live in Korea. And if I did, I would have imported the Wii from the US.

wooooode
wooooode

Well there goes another surge in sales and less available to everyone else.

09231991
09231991

They get it now? Holy crap thats funny!

Heromoua
Heromoua

hmm, i wonder how many koreans had already ebayed a wii already

Gamer_152
Gamer_152

Poor Korea. Ah well, at least their getting the Wii now, happy gaming Korea.

markgowii
markgowii

What about TWILIGHT PRINCESS and SUPER MARIO GALAXY. Holy crap, those games that are offered at launch will sell a crap-load, but then the Koreans will [probably] realize that those games suck, and they won't buy the new game that come out from fear of suckage. Launch-games are supposed to be awesome! That way when new games come out, the customers buy without looking into them first. WHY THEY ARE DOING THIS EVEN WITH A SHORTAGE OF WIIS: Wii's have been available in North America for ages. Anybody that really TRUELY wants one, and is devoted, has already gotten one. By selling them in Korea, they bring the Wii to millions of new people, many of which, like North Americans, will buy. It's marketing; spread out.

towelie892
towelie892

How have they survived so long without it?

shadyelf
shadyelf

They need to put Starcraft on the Wii, it's sales might go through the roof if they made it good.

WolfWatch
WolfWatch

Aha~! this is almost not good news for me... My girlfriend lives in Korea, and with the Wii on the release I know that I am going to have somebody pinching at my wallet... lol

ShadowLaguna
ShadowLaguna

It isn't out in Korea yet!? And their launch titles? Dude.....no Zelda or Mario!

aymansharof
aymansharof

is it region free or like other WII systems????? I wonder

Dreski83
Dreski83

wait a second... Nintendo, the guys who are selling Wii's like hot cakes and seem to never have enough around for the consumers is opening shop at ANOTHER place? Not sure what that means, but if this leads to even less available Wii's Nintendo is gonna look crazy and have people feeling the same :|

Genexi2
Genexi2

Man, and I thought Europeans had it bad with regards to being shoved on the backburner for near everything. At any rate, I'm hoping Nintendo has enough production lines going to even support Korea among the other locations which are *still* not getting enough Wiis in stock.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Another territory for the Wii to dominate!

Ranteal
Ranteal

Whens the North Korea release date? Come on nintendo, commies gotta play too.

Montrealien
Montrealien

Korea has had consoles banned for years now, one of the main reasons why PC gaming and Starcraft is so huge over there actually. They recently lifted this ban and Nintendo are taking it one step at a time.

tyzwain
tyzwain

Okay... I dont understand why they haven't released the Wii there. They're practically neighbours. I thought the South Koreans would have loved it.

hobobski
hobobski

'cause they have to translate 'em all. anyway, why Rayman instead of Brawl...?

feryl06
feryl06

I don't understand why Nintendo isn't releasing their flagship games there?---i.e Smash Brawl? or Zelda? Why not do a grand opening with a BIG SPLASH? Instead of being a 'nice lineup'?

8434
8434

about time sounds like a good line-up of games though

KingSigy
KingSigy

Why not Mario Galaxy or Zelda. Let's launch the Wii without Nintendo's star mascots. Brilliant move guys.

YourChaosIsntMe
YourChaosIsntMe

I'm sure Kim Jong-Il already has one. He's notorious for being a devoted American-Japanese consumer. From Japan!? From America!? Ohhhhh so rary rary excited. Also, South Korea and North Korea are two different countries.....the Wii is not being released in North Korea.

Cyber-
Cyber-

how will VGchartz track this? Will they place it in Other for their info?

batmanknights
batmanknights

how do you say " the wii is boring " in Korean?

legendofmario5
legendofmario5

WTF? NO TWILIGHT PRINCESS? NO SSBB?! NO MARIO GALAXY?! OR METROID PRIME 3 CORRUPTION? ARGHH!!!! Ah well, they might be getting Mario Kart Wii dn those games anytime soon.

B0urn3
B0urn3

"I wonder if Kim Jong-il will get one now..." Were talking about South Korea here...which is an entirely different country except for the language. South Korea is a developed country.