Wii to Launch Around Thanksgiving in North America

By James Temperton 31.05.2006 64

According to an industry source speaking to Cubed3, the Nintendo Wii is set to launch in the "Thanksgiving period in the USA" (Thanksgiving falls on November 23rd this year), with Japanese and European launches set to be "in the same timeframe". With Nintendo trying for a worldwide launch of their new system, this would probably lead to the system coming out marginally before in Japan and "a few weeks later in Europe".

Our source tells us that the Wii will be on sale in the USA "well in time for Thanksgiving and well in time for Christmas in Europe". Details on the Japanese launch were not so clear, but our source did suggest that it would fall very close, if not before the American launch of the system.

So, we're looking at an early November release for the system. This falls quite nicely in line with a recent announcement by Nintendo where they gave dates for their DS, GameCube and GBA titles for later this year. All titles stopped before November. With this information in hand, we pushed our source a bit further to see if they had an idea of a more exact date. Today, we were provided with the following information...

"So, at the moment Nintendo are aiming to launch the Wii on November 6th"

Our source emphasised that this date is correct at present, but pointed out: "Nintendo aren't going to have an exact date in mind until they are sure they can meet the deadlines". Take it as a guide then if you will, but "they are very keen to be ready in time".

Obviously this shouldn't be taken as gospel and we're not about to shout from rooftops that we have the final Wii launch date, but we are confident that the information we have is correct; we wouldn't share it with you if it wasn't. Hopefully Nintendo will clear up all confusion very soon by confirming the launch details of the Wii. We'll have more for you as and when it happens.

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They've backed up now, saying they 'have doubts' Zoonami will reveal something tomorrow, but it'll be 'a shiny day for Nintendo fans' Smilie Tomorrow in what time zone is what I want to know! Smilie

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It can't be far off now. They've announced a price for Japan very recently as we know, so I can't see them holding off for much longer on that front for other territories, and it'd be great to have a solid release date too so I can pre-order ASAP to avoid what could be the biggest Nintendo launch in a while.

OMG, its the MEGATON... Smilie

Trying to think of a witty signature after 'Hacker-gate'...

Is your source usually reliable, Adam?

Smilie Get the picket signs with bombs and 3D glasses!!!

dojo99 said:
If they attached some sort of cable or wiire, would the general idea of motion sensing and freedom go out of the wiindow?
Not if they just make it remotely long... Games like Wii sports would be out of the question but games like Red Steel (Which is surely what Nitnendo want to be putting up front if they want to get rid of the 'kiddy' image) would be fine. Well... Should be fine...

Still a proud member of the 'omfg amazing water in games' society

Mason said:
Is your source usually reliable, Adam?

Only spoke to them for the first time today, so I'm not counting my monkeys before they throw poo... Smilie

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Not very reassuring that they've backed down on a count if you've only just spoke to them for the first time...but I want Zoonami info.! Smilie

Me too, but I'm very skeptical at the moment because of TOO MANY rumours flying around.

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Exactly. Suppose all we can do is vet and sieve out the worst and wait for official confirmation...

Meh, we know it will be in November or October, be it Sunday 5th November, Monday 6th November, sometime in early October, sometime in late October...

Basically, Nintendo will launch it worldwide (ish), so we're talking within two weeks of USA we'll have it in Europe (in theory) and Japan will either go before everyone or sandwiched in between. My money is on a date AROUND the one I was told about by the source, perhaps the Sunday, or perhaps the last Sunday in October (29th). We shall see Smilie

Trying to think of a witty signature after 'Hacker-gate'...

It's likely to be a Sunday, as that's when Nintendo consoles traditionally launch in America I believe, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this date being very accurate as a target date - so either the Sunday preceding it, or the one following it.

October 27th. lets take some bets.Smilie If we get news tomorrow, thats great.

( Edited on 31.05.2006 23:28 by arc200uk )

Now all we need is the UK date!

News just in: The Wii will come with Warioware Twisted built into the controller...European launch delayed by 2 years.:d

Only one picked up on the competition of the PS3. This could be a highly competitive Christmas people. I really shud get down to the bookies. Honestly i dont think the PS3 will be able to launch Worldwide for Nov/Dec. They might get the backlash that the 360 did from short supply, leaving people to turn to the Wii and 360 for Xmas pressies. I seems to fall in line with the DS launch 2 years ago (bar Europe) lets hope that we will get it for Xmas this year. If not then hope is lost. WE NEED THE CHRISTMAS HYPE FOR FUCK SAKE!

Oh yeah, like you guys are so reliable. Was your source the local hobo? What an exclusive.

Grammar Police Returns said:
What an exclusive.

Considering a lot of other sites have picked up on it and we currently have over 1000 diggs on digg.com with it, I'd say it was a good exclusive, cheers. Smilie Smilie

( Edited on 01.06.2006 00:08 by Mason )

......THE GRAMMER POLICE! YOU ARE BACK.........BACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

I have kept your name alive...but i have a feeling this isnt the real Grammer Police...

Grammar Police Returns said:
Oh yeah, like you guys are so reliable. Was your source the local hobo? What an exclusive.

Yeah, we're all pretty happy at the exclusive. And we are pretty reliable, got our E3 news up extremely quickly, didn't go down at any point, a fully up to date games database, regulary updated media, popular podcast feature, popoular regular articles, regular interviews with various people associated with the industry and finally we're so reliable and such an excellent site that we managed to bring such a legendary member out of retirement Smilie. Welcome back grammar police, how we missed you.

Amazing. I will in most definetly be buying this system on the first day or at least the first week. 250$ for the system is an amazing price.SmilieSmilie


November's what I was expecting

Cool stuff as always C3. We'll have an official word from the Nintendo soon I bet. Smilie

HazukiSan said:
Yeah, were all pretty happy at the exclusive. And we are pretty reliable, got our E3 news up extremely quickly, didnt go down at any point, a fully up to date games database, regulary updated media, popular podcast feature, popoular regular articles, regular interviews with various people associated with the industry and finally were so reliable and such an excellent site that we managed to bring such a legendary member out of retirement Smilie. Welcome back grammar police, how we missed you.
p-0WNed!! Or however you say that...

Still a proud member of the 'omfg amazing water in games' society

Nintendo Finland's question mark was for a site re-design. They shouldn't be putting mysterious things up around these times!

Mason said:
Nintendo Finlands question mark was for a site re-design. They shouldnt be putting mysterious things up around these times!

Lol... yeah, I just went to check myself.. Smilie

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