Nintendo to drop Wii on Nov. 19 at $250
Published: September 13, 2006 9:25 PM PDT
The New York Times on Friday reported that Nintendo will release the new Wii video game system to North America and South America on Nov. 19 for $250.
Each Wii system will include a copy of Wii Sports, a casual game offering that includes baseball, golf, tennis, and bowling games that will highlight the machine's motion-sensing remote controler, one wireless Wii remote controller, and one Nunchuck controller.
More than 25 new games will be released for Wii before the end of the year, including Nintendo's anticipated role-playing offering The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The next Mario offering Super Mario Galaxy will be released in 2007.
In addition, Wii will include non-gaming features that will allow owners to display digital photos, read news, weather, and browse the web.
Nintendo will release around 30 Virtual Console games. The Virtual Console will allow downloadable access to previous Nintendo systems like the NES, SNES, and Nintendo 64. Individual downloads will retail from $5 to $10.
Nintendo plans to ship 4M Wii units by year-end. It forecasts 6M units shipped by Mar. 2007.