Thursday, September 14, 2006

Could Nintendo Return to Console Dominance?


Nintendo announced the price on the Wii this morning at a NY press conference, Quote:

"Nintendo will reshape the home entertainment and video game landscape with the launch of its heralded Wii? home video game console. Wii will go on sale in the Americas on November 19th and Japan on December 2nd - European launch date, price and software line up will be announced at a press conference in London tomorrow (Friday 15th).

Wii will be sold as an affordable, mass-consumer product at an MSRP in the US of just $249.99. The price includes one wireless Wii Remote controller, one Nunchuk? controller and the groundbreaking collection of five different Wii Sports games on one disc, which anyone can play using simple physical movements, experienced or not."
I expect the Wii will be a huge hit this year. With Sony only releasing 400,000 units in the US and both next gen systems, Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360, having higher price tags, the Wii packaging a five game disk with the console, the MSRP of Wii games being $49.99 ($10 less than the 360 titles and $10-$50 cheaper than PS3 titles), and the Virtual Console with hundreds if not thousands of games from the NES and SNES, the Nintendo Wii could end up being the number one console sold during the holiday season this year. Specially since Nintendo is targeting their marketing of the Wii as a console for the non-gamer and the dedicated gamer.

Funny, getting a Wii for $250 and an Xbox 360 core package of $300 put the combined costs close to the price of a PS3 core system of $500 and less expensive than the full PS3 system of $600. Check out the announcement here: Nintendo Announces U.S. Launch Date and Price - Team Xbox

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