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. RE: Here’s a thought:

    Shut up? Yeah, that’s the kind of intelligent discourse we’ve come to expect from Wii fanboys.

    I give a few valid reasons why Nintendo is not like Apple at all and is, in hardware terms, almost as bad as your average Chinese iPod Knock-off vendor, and all you can think up is “shut up” in response. Nice. No wonder you can’t wait to run around your living room waiving your arms around like an idiot–that’s probably what you do anyway, even without the “Wiimote.”

    Hey MDN: See the kind of folks you associate with when you play cheerleader for Nintendo?

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