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.

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  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?

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

  4. I will probably buy one of these for my wife as soon as I can get my hands on one. She’s a big-time gamer and a Nintendo nut. She’s owned every console Nintendo’s ever put out, including every generation of the Game Boy except the Game Boy Micro (and she’d have bought one of those as well if she didn’t have a money-careful husband to talk her out of it).

    I gotta admit, I’m a little excited myself. I don’t play games because I have neither the coordination nor the patience to deal with the all those buttons. But playing on the Wii looks a lot simpler. Plus, I can download games from the past when things were a lot simpler.

  5. I don’t understand why MDN is supporting Nintendo and the Wii.

    Nintendo has blatently ripped off Apple’s iPod look for it’s DS Lite, blatantly ripped off Apple in the logo and name of the Wii, ect.

    MDN would probably say they are siding with Nintendo as a “David vs. Goliath” story, and would compare Nintendo’s innovation with Apple’s.

    This is also nonsense. Apple stays on the cutting edge of technology, and innovates with an eye on the future, not just on the bottom line. Apple is always on the hunt for powerful hardware. Nintendo is offering slightly upgraded Gamecube hardware with the Wii, because they don’t care about pushing technology forward as the competition have done.

    Apple announced the “Year of HD” a long time ago. Nintendo, on the other hand is refusing to enter the world of HD video, (the Wii is standard definition and EDTV only) because it would require more powerful hardware which would affect their profit margin.

    Apple was one of the first companies to get behind Blu-ray. Nintendo is staying back in the past with DVD.

    Apple constantly innovates in software. Nintendo rehashes Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, time and time again.

    Apple spares no expense to compete with the competition head-to-head. Staring the Goliaths of the industry in the eye, Apple meets them on the field of battle, and bests them. Nintendo eyes their spreadsheet and runs away from the competition. Instead of spending on R&D and coming out with a powerful machine to compete, they pocket their profits and come out with an underpowered machine with a gimmick controller in hopes that no one will notice. They refuse to compete with “Next Gen” systems, and say “call us NEW Gen, not Next Gen.”

    Nintendo is nothing like Apple. Stop cheering for them, MDN.

  6. [Nintendo is offering slightly upgraded Gamecube hardware with the Wii,]

    So, moving from a 500Mhz G3 (IBM Gekko) to a 800Mhz (IBM Broadway) G5 is only a ‘slight’ upgrade? Modest maybe. Certainly not slight.

    [because they don’t care about pushing technology forward as the competition have done.]

    Unlike the rest of us, you seem to be locked into thinking only about ‘how games should look’. We can see that Nin is pushing the ‘how games will play’ paradigm. Give it a thought.

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