It’s official, today Nintendo finally announced the release date and price of its’ new Wii Console. The Wii is set for a North American release date of November 19th with a price tag of $250.

So what do you get for $250? A good amount of stuff actually, much more than I was expecting.

  • Wii Console
  • Wii Remote
  • Nunchuck Attachment
  • AC Adapter
  • Audio/Video Cable
  • Sensor Bar
  • Sensor Bar Stand
  • Wii Console Stand
  • Two Batteries
  • Wii Sports Game

The Wii Sports title is what catches my eye. From videos shown online it looks pretty sweet. The game allow players to engage in matches of tennis, baseball, golf, bowling and boxing, all of which fully support the Wii’s motion-sensing controller. It is not clear about their scope or size, but the fact that it comes bundled with multiple games (even if they are small) is a huge selling point. Your in-game character seams to be your avatar, which is a 3 dimensional character you can build and customize yourself.

Nintendo is also expecting to have more than 25 unique titles for the Wii by the end of the year. First Party games will retail for $50 and Virtual Console game will cost between $5 and $10. A nice round number of 30 Virtual Console titles will be available at launch. Again, initial impressions are pretty impressive if you ask me. Definitely a huge contrast to Sony’s PS3, scheduled to be released just 2 days before the Wii.

The Console provides several “channels” that allow users to access free news and local weather forecasts, view digital pictures from an SD memory card, an Internet browser and a whole lot more. The Photo Channel lets users make photo albums and slide shows as well as manipulate their images. The Internet Channel also looks very cool. However the Opera Browser will cost a few bucks to download. As long as this is just a one time fee, I can see a lot of people taking advantage of this. (update: Nintendo has announced it will be free until June of 2007)

Anyone even remotely interested in getting a Nintendo Wii should check out this video. It is the official Wii Preview and showcases many of the launch titles and features. I wonder if the white shirt, pants and shoes come standard? 😆

So it’s no secret I am looking forward to the Nintendo Wii. I am pretty surprised in myself actual referring to it as the Wii. I guess typing it isn’t so bad. Still there are a few little things to nit pick just for the hell of it. One thing I noticed was the price of Zelda: Twilight Princess is supposed to be $57, which doesn’t fit with the $50 mark they announced. But hey, I’ll still be getting it. And what happened to the colors? I want a black one, but lately they are all white. The original campaign showed multiple colors. Oh well.

So what games are you all looking forward to? I am, of course, always in the mood for Mario or Zelda. Sticking with the classics, I am also very interested in Metroid (although I havn’t played a Metroid game in 10 years).

I will come up with a nice little top ten list sometime closer to the launch. But I would like to know what everyone else thinks so let us know!

Sources:
Nintendo Wii Official Site
IGN – US Wii Price, Launch Date Revealed
USA Today – Wii game system rolls out on Nov. 19

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