Nintendo's Wii to be here on November 19thBy Justin Mann
Could the Wii be here in just two months? It seems that for the U.S., Nintendo's official release date is now November 19th. After being kept in the dark for so long with much ambiguity, having an actual expected release date is bound to help Nintendo stir up more interest in the console. Aside from being relatively cheap, the console is set to have many offerings shortly after its release:
Between launch day and Dec. 31, Wii owners will be able to select from 30 software titles, the company said. Some top Nintendo launch titles include "Wii Sports," a compilation of tennis, baseball, golf, bowling and boxing, "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princes" and "Excite Truck." The games will retail for $50.
The timing could probably not have been better. The day after thanksgiving tends to be a huge shopping day, and the Wii will be on shelves only five days prior. Then, with the huge influx of games a few weeks later, there's another big shopping surge. Many game developers are excited about the Wii, such as EA, who claim they are going to put more into the Wii than any other Nintendo console since the SNES. Interesting.
For some other markets, such as Japan, the release will be delayed, as late as December. That may not impact sales as much in other markets as it would in the U.S. and Europe.