Nintendo to launch Wii in Japan on December 2nd, priced around US$200

“Nintendo will launch its Wii game console in Japan on Dec. 2, company president Satoru Iwata said at a Tokyo news conference on Thursday,” Martyn Williams reports for IDG News Service.

Williams reports, “The console will cost ¥25,000 (US$212.60), which is considerably cheaper than the ¥59,800 price tag of the competing PlayStation 3 that will go on sale on Nov. 11. Overseas launch dates were not immediately available.”

“The company’s innovations with the Wii include its controller, which looks similar to a remote control. The device features motion sensors and links via wireless to the Wii so that it can be swung like a bat in a baseball game or jabbed like a fist in a boxing game. The idea behind the controller is that anyone — not just experienced gamers — can use it,’ Williams reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Not Apple-related, but may be interesting to some MDN readers. We’re going to follow the story of Nintendo’s Wii for pretty obvious reasons.

Related articles:
IBM ships first microchips for Nintendo Wii – September 10, 2006
Can Nintendo’s Wii end up number one in market share? – July 18, 2006
Nintendo Wii wins E3 ‘Best of Show’ award – June 01, 2006
Nintendo’s Wii steals show at Electronic Entertainment Expo – May 12, 2006

20 Comments

  1. “The device features motion sensors and links via wireless to the Wii so that it can be swung like a bat in a baseball game or jabbed like a fist in a boxing game.”

    And a year from now, gamers will start treatment for Wii elbow.

  2. I’m hoping that someone builds a hack to allow me to play Wii games on my Macbook Pro with its motion sensors. It might be tough to swing a virtual golf club and watch the ball flight using a 15″ MBP, but I would give it try.

  3. “If I swing the contol like a bat & it flies out of my hand & hit’s the TV, breaking the screen, that falls on the cat. Who’s at fault & would I have a claim???”

    Start with your parents for raising a klutz?

    ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    MDN MW: sense! (it takes more than five to survive)

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.