Thursday, September 14, 2006

US Wii event

Sitting in a sea of people as they are still crowding in...we listen to blasting techno, and a Wii setup that looks like a living room.

Reggie says date, price, how many units, and title information is all on the way

Lots of DS talk, Touch gen games, sales figures, all that good stuff

November 19th Wii on sale - Worldwide debut in US - 25,000 points of distribution - $249.99 - White only at launch


4 million units worldwide - US seeing biggest shipment

Harware, cables, sensor bar, 1 Wii remote, 1 nunchuck controller - All in box

Wii Bowling about to be demoed, works just like real bowling

Wii Boxing, Wii Bowling, Golf, Baseball, and Tennis all on one - Wii Sports packed into Wii box - First console pack in since the NES

The Legend of Zelda TP & Excite Truck on launch day

Activisions launch titles as seen on IGN, Trauma Center at launch, Madden 07 NFS:Carbon at launch, Elebits, Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz, Metal Slug Anthology, RRR, Red Steel - All launch titles...more on that list as well.

30 Wii games in launch window (2006) about half on launch day - remain consistent with Cube software pricing

Wii Channels Menu - News channel shown, as well as weather, shop, photo, and others. 1 page of 12 Wii channels, expandable as well. Disc channel allows players to play Wii game or Game Cube games, Wii Shop is the Virtual Console home, The legend of zelda, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong available for VC launch day. 10 games per month, 5 bucks for NES, 8 for SNES, and 10 for N64. Wii Points acquired online or at retaliers. 2000 Wii points card for 20 bucks at retail. Games story internally and becomes its own channel. Title is available forever once downloaded.

Mii channel shown - create character profiles. Bill Trinen is creating Samuel L Jackson. Mii characters can be transferred to Wiimote so you can take them with you. Wii games can use character profiles, such as Wii Sports.


Wii Photo channel shown - Take your SD card and plug into your Wii. Massive amounts of thumbnails shown. NoA slideshow being run. Fun things to do with photos, puzzle scramble, doodle, and more.

Wii Weather Wii News Wii Messageboard quickly discussed. Send messages to pc users, cellphones through Wii Messageboard channel.

Internet Channel discussed - downloaded with Wii points - once downloaded it can be accessed immediately

Wii remote sold seperate from nunchuck. Wiimote - 39.99 - Nunchuck 19.99

Zelda TP - Launches for GameCube on December 11th, Zelda for Wii first day

Wii connects through wifi or wired internet connection

Third party titles may be priced higher then 49.99, it is up to them. All first party games are widescreen

4 million units by Dec 31, 6 million by end of fiscal year in march

Metroid Prime 3 is a 2007 title

The first online game in Japan is Pokemon Battle Revolution - in Japan at launch - US shortly after

All done, head back to GoNintendo!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

NCL Event info

While we wait for info, you can check out a brand new Rayman Raving Rabbids trailer, and info on Activision's Wii launch titles

Looks like the conference doesn't really start until 1 a.m. EST. Now we get to do what Nintendo fans do best, more waiting!

First off, what is this article all about? Wii for $250 on Nov 19th in the US? Linked from Joystiq. Thanks to the guys who sent this in! Not confirmed, but it is the NY Times.

*UPDATE 2* Heres another link for you guys to check out, a Famitsu blog with pics


*UPDATE 3* - IGN posts on NY Times article

*UPDATE 4* - VC prices: Famicom 500 yen, Super Famicom 800 yen, Nintendo 64 1000 yen

*Update 5* -
1:38 a.m. EST [update 7]: Famitsu reports 30 Nintendo games and 30 PC Engine/Megadrive (Turbo-Grafx/Genesis) games before end of year. Ten new virtual console games every month! (joystiq)


*UPDATE 6* - NY Times article has been pulled off the web

*UPDATE 7*
1:55 p.m. [update 8]: And the other shoe drops. Famitsu is reporting a December 2 launch and 25,000 yen price for Japan.


*UPDATE 8* - Nintendo will be posting a Japanese press release momentarily and will have full text of Iwata's speech in about an hour. Also, wii.com will go live in Japan in about an hour

Japanese press release

*Update 9* Gemaga reports 3,800 yen cost for the remote, 1800 yen for the classic controller, and 1800 yen for the nunchuck attachment.


*UPDATE 10* 2:13 a.m. EST [update 12]: Famitsu reports 16 titles from ten publishers at launch. Cost of games: 4,800 yen to 6,800 yen. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will cost 6,800 yen.

2:16 a.m. EST [update 13]: Gemaga reports Wii Sports will not be a pack-in game, but will cost 4,800 yen and include five sports games.


*Update 11* - Nintendo launch titles: UNCONFIRMED
WiiSports 4800
Odoru! Made in Wario 5800 (Odoru = dance)
CONFIRMED - Zelda 6800 - CONFIRMED
Pokemon: Battle Revolution


The main part of the conference is over, product demos are going on. That is about it for info...some more little bits might trickle in. I will be here for another hour and a half, and then I am off to NYC to cover the US event!

Wii preview movie, click here


Huge list of Wii titles, some including dates


Japanese version of Wii.com has tons of videos, go hunt now!


Wii.com (the US version) has been updated with a link to the Japanese site. The US version is setup for more updates to come...most likely after the US conference today.



Virtual Console vid Make sure to scan through all the page numbers that pop up on this page for more videos!

Look at what the press got! I can't confirm if they are real or not, I say not.





Virtual Console baby!

Thats it for the blogger now, I will start it up again tomorrow for the US event. You can head back to regular GoNintendo!