$199. Nintendo claimed forever that the N64 would launch at "under $250." Everyone assumed that meant $249. The N64 debuted at $199, which is also under $250. Nintendo is saying the same thing regarding the Wii's price. Launch date: November 12. The PlayStation brand has the strongest name recognition in the video game industry. If Nintendo hopes to get coverage from the mainstream media, it needs to release the Wii before the PS3. Games? 15 at launch. Surely developers are having trouble figuring out how to make use of the Wii's unique controller, and that will limit the number of games available at launch despite the relative ease of development compared to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.