Thank goodness Nintendo kept their promise. Nintendo Wii will debut as scheduled. Expected time, expected price.
The release date and retail price are as follow:
== North America ==
November 19 $250
== Japan ==
December 2 Ã‚Â¥25,000
== Europe ==
December 8 Ã‚Â£179/Ã¢â€šÂ¬249
== Australia and New zealand ==
December 8 AUD$399.95/NZD$499.90
The new console will be competing head on with Microsoft Corp.’s already available Xbox 360 and Sony Corp.’s upcoming PlayStation 3 in the global game industry, which is worth nearly $30 billion a year. Unlike both Xbox 360 and PS3 that incorporate next-generation DVD technology (HD-DVD and Blu-Ray respectively), Wii depends on more conventional technology. Its unique wireless motion-sensitive controller has captured the attention of game designers and players.
The Wii Sports (featuring tennis, golf, basketball and bowling) game will be included with the console, as will the controller and a Ã¢â‚¬Å“nunchuckÃ¢â‚¬Â attachment. Wii owners can download and play games from Nintendo NES, Super NES and Nintendo 64 systems, and NECÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s TurboGrafx.
Games going on sale in the initial batch include Wii Play and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess from Nintendo, and Red Steel, Need for Speed: Carbon, Tony HawkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Downhill Jam, Disney/PixarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cars and Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz. Some 15 titles from old Nintendo consoles will be made available via download at launch time, with 5-10 further titles being added to the list every month.
The Kyoto-based company is hoping to recreate the success of its Game Boy Advance and DS handheld game machines with the Wii, which features an innovative and intuitive controller, described by some as a magic wand.
Games are saved on SD memory cards, which can also be used to import digital pictures. With built-in high-speed Net connectivity (including WiFi), Wii owners will be able to receive news, weather updates and messages from other Wii players.
Wii’s release date and price was expected as reported here