At long last Nintendo has officially revealed the information regarding when the new Wii console will launch. Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 19, 2006 if you live in North America. For $250 you'll snag the console, the remote, the nunchuck attachment, the sensor bar, power cables, AV cables, the sensor bar, and - could it be? - a free pack-in game, Wii Sports. AMN liveblogged the big press event in New York today where there is surely plenty more information to come.
Let me just say that it's about time we learned all of this information. Now it's time to save your pennies and clear a space on your entertainment center. The Wii comes home in just about two months time. $250 is a bit higher than I expected, but the inclusion of Wii Sports placates me. I'm also glad to see that the Sports lineup has increased to include boxing and bowling. More game for my money is always welcome. Now I just need to get my hands on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Excite Truck and I believe I'll be a happy gamer up through at least January 2007. Not including the wave of new Nintendo DS titles, of course...
Something new that interests me is the news of the various Wii Channels. The Wii will have twelve channels of content, some of which come from the Internet and some of which are local. For instance, there'll be a channel to share photos, read the news, check the weather, another to create your own custom in-game avatars (Mii), the Opera web browser, the Virtual Console games, and so on. The number of channels is expandable, too. There's plenty of unique potential in there. Oh, and that tiny amount of memory in each remote? It's for storing Mii profiles.
I'm sure there's plenty more to be learned and discovered as the big release day draws near, but for today I'm satisfied. I feel that the Wii is going to offer a great amount of fun for a fair and comparatively low price. Like most new electronics, however, the best way to learn about what the Wii can do is to actually get hold of one and put it through its paces. Something tells me that the last of the Wii secrets won't be revealed until you actually take the console home and plug it in.
So, in conclusion, there's nothing about today's press event that I didn't like. I think we can all relax now knowing that... huh, what's that?
Nintendo is also considering in-game advertising, but nothing is official as of yet.