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Here comes the Wii

Posted by: Sean Colleli at 11/15/2006 8:41 PM

If you're reading Gaming Nexus, odds are you know exactly when the Wii is coming out, but just to make sure, Nintendo is reminding us all with a press release.  Hit the jump for the full release, which, while lengthy, hits all the important points.  This Sunday, the agonizing wait will finally be over...and yours truly will be covering as much as possible, between long sessions of Zelda.



Sound revolutionized movies, color
reinvigorated television and now Wii(TM) transforms video games forever. 
History's most interactive home video game system launches Nov. 19 in the 
Americas with 20 new games that reinvent and reshape the gaming experience. 
Wii Sports(TM), a collection of five sports games, comes with the system.  A 
total of 33 new Wii games will be available before the end of the year, along 
with downloadable access to another 30 Virtual Console(TM) classics.
    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060914/LATH073)
    Pop-culture authorities already are singling out Wii as a "must-have" gift 
of the holiday shopping season, and Nintendo is mobilizing to meet the huge 
demand.  At an MSRP of just $249.99, it's priced affordably, and its focus on 
fun brings gaming to the masses.
    "The most important advance for video games in the last 10 years was the 
introduction of Super Mario 64, which ushered in the era of true 3-D gaming," 
says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.  "Wii will have the same 
effect on how players connect to their games, and it is made for everyone. 
Simply said, games have never felt like this before."
    Wii makes use of a remarkable motion-sensitive controller called the Wii 
Remote(TM), which resembles a TV remote control.  It's designed to be more 
inviting and comfortable for non-gamers to use, unlike button-heavy 
controllers.  It contains a speaker, which makes the experience all the more 
real.  The Wii Remote can be swung like a racket in a tennis game or like a 
sword in an adventure game.  One launch-day game, EXCITE TRUCK(TM), will have 
players using the Wii Remote like a steering wheel.  The Wii package comes 
with a Wii Remote, a Nunchuk(TM) controller, an AC adapter, a sensor bar, a 
Wii AV (standard composite) cable and Wii Sports(TM), a collection of five 
sports games players can understand how to play instantly, even if they've 
never played a video game.
    For longtime gamers, The Legend of Zelda(R): Twilight Princess delivers an 
unprecedented experience.  It's the first time a new game from this storied 
Nintendo franchise has been available on launch day.  Early reviews herald 
this epic adventure as one of the greatest games of all time.  Bryn Williams 
of GameSpy writes that: "Nintendo has once again crafted a video game that 
will be remembered for years to come.  ...  an instant classic," while Ryan 
Jones of GamePro says simply: "Zelda is freaking awesome."
    Third-party publishers have announced strong support for Wii on launch day 
and beyond.  The upcoming torrent of games represents a diverse lineup, with 
all the classic genres -- and more than a few new ones -- represented.  In 
addition to the three Nintendo titles, the 17 third-party games available on 
Nov. 19 include Call of Duty(R) 3, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam(TM) and Marvel(TM) 
Ultimate Alliance from Activision; Dragon Ball Z(R): Budokai Tenkaichi(TM) 2 
from Atari; Trauma Center(TM): Second Opinion from Atlus; Madden NFL '07 from 
Electronic Arts; Rampage(R): Total Destruction(TM), Happy Feet(TM) and The 
Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy(TM) from Midway; Avatar: The Last Airbender, 
Cars and SpongeBob SquarePants(TM): The Creature from the Krusty Krab from 
THQ; Super Monkey Ball(TM): Banana Blitz from Sega; and GT Pro Series, Monster 
4X4 World Circuit, Rayman Raving Rabbids(TM) and Red Steel(TM) from Ubisoft.
    Additional Wii games available during the five weeks after launch include 
Rapala(R) Tournament Fishing and World Series of Poker(R): Tournament of 
Champions from Activision; Chicken Little: Ace in Action from Buena Vista 
Games; Need for Speed(TM): Carbon from Electronic Arts; Elebits(TM) from 
Konami; The Ant Bully from Midway; Metal Slug(TM) Anthology from SNK; Super 
Swing Golf from Tecmo; Barnyard(R) from THQ; Far Cry(R): Vengeance, Open 
Season(TM) and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent(TM) from Ubisoft; and 
Ice Age 2(TM): The Meltdown from Vivendi.
    The main Wii Menu interface contains a variety of interactive and 
informational channels that serve as a convenient gateway to entertainment and 
information.  They appeal to a broad range of consumers and enhance game play. 
Users can come here to create a Mii(TM) caricature of themselves to use in 
games, to download classic games from the Wii Shop Channel or to develop a 
photo slide show.
    Nintendo is shipping 4 million Wii systems globally through the end of 
2006.  While shipments will be sent to retailers continuously, Nintendo 
cautions shoppers to act early because demand is so high.  As previously 
announced, Wii contains built-in parental controls that let adults set the 
system to play only games of a certain rating and lock their selection with a 
PIN code.  More information about the new Wii system can be found at Wii.com.
 
    The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, 
Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and 
software for its Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo 
GameCube(TM) systems, and upcoming Wii(TM) system.  Since 1983, Nintendo has 
sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 387 million hardware units 
globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), 
Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R).  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of 
America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's 
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, 
visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.