Nintendo's Wii is Released

Nintendo released their own next generation system, the Wii, earlier this morning. While the system wasn't as hotly anticipated as Sony's Playstation 3 (meaning there were no armed robberies and riots involved), there are many gaming fans excited to get their hands on the Nunchuk controller and, for a comparably measly $250, who can blame them?

The launch event took place at the Toys 'R Us in Times Square in New York City. While the line of eager gamers was long enough to completely circle the block, there were no issues in terms of crowd control. In fact, Engadget even has shots of people calmly enjoying some wireless MarioKart DS fun while waiting in line. To keep everyone entertained, Nintendo retrofitted a Segway with a fully functioning Wii kiosk and moved it along the line in order to let people get a few minutes of play time in. Along with that, there were small giveaways including free t-shirts and the like.

As for the console itself, Nintendo took a very different approach to their next generation system when compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360. Besides the fact that they actually make a profit on each unit sold (the horror), Nintendo decided to focus more on game play instead of graphics and early reports show that it may have been a risk worth taking. The previously mentioned Nunchuk controller is definitely different and will take some time to get used to, but Nintendo has you covered. Besides including a tutorial in the Wii packaging, Nintendo also threw in a free game. "Wii Sports" isn't going to blow your mind with over the top graphics, but what better way to get used to the Nunchuk than by playing a free full version game? Crazy Nintendo.

In preparation for the release, Nintendo also set the Wii store to live. Through the store, you can purchase credits to use towards the download of games,from earlier Nintendo systems, to play on the Wii. Each credit is valued at $0.01 US, so a full thousand credits will set you back $10. Those 1,000 credits, though, can garner you one N64 game, one SNES game, or two NES or Sega Genesis games.

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lol, eBay tards got screwed. You can find the Wii for an average of $350 with a game. So lets do the math:

Console: $250
Game: $50
Tax & eBay fee as well as free shipping: $??

I don't think people who planned to sell their Wii got very much for their money. PS3 has gone down from $2,500 average to about $1,500 right now. Still pretty decent profit if you plan on reselling it. I just think it's funny how the people who thought they'd make money selling their Wii's. Maybe $20-150 profit is not worth it if you ask me.

I arrived at Circuit City in Greenville, SC at 6:20 a.m. and
was surprised to see only four people in line. At 8:15 they handed
out vouchers for their 19 Wiis. At that time there were only 25
people there. WTF?

My wife has it preordered from Game as my Christmas present. I'll have to wait till December 25th to play it, but it'll give me a chance to buy an extra wiimote and numbchuck thingee, as well as a couple of extra games (Zelda, yeeeeoo).

I have spoke to a lot of the staff in Game stores (mostly cos I know them, drink with them) and they are all saying the buzz is centering around the Wii simply for the different way to play the games.

One thing that strikes me as annoying though, has anyone heard the retail value of the PS3 games?! I have heard through Game that they are going to to be £60-£70. I remember the days games were that price, it was the days of the NES and the best of the best games on release were £50-£60 (Megaman II being one that stands out). I may not be 10 anymore, subsequently earning an okay wage. But I'll be f*cked if £60 of my wage was to go on 1 game for the PS3. I am interested in the PS3, but the way Sony has made themselves look to me is disgusting (I shall remind the Neowin massive of Lik-Sang). They may be losing money with the PS3, that's their problem, but don't sugar coat it by charging too much for a new console and telling people, "but we're losing money too" even though you have a record company, film studios and countless other gadgets to fall back on profitability wise. Sony you are worth more that the average Joe Blogs/John Doe, don't treat us as an equal to you from your financial standing.

Quote - ThaCrip said @ #25.4
@ snappyfool ... he's (zixyon) right it is the 3rd generation of console if your counting from the 3D era which i would.... from Nintendo64 to now it is the 3rd generation console.

Actualy not to beat a dead dog but it would be there 4th Gen if your counting consoles. SNES had the optional cart chip called FX. It was one of the cool thing you could do with a cart. And if you want to count virtual boy advanced its there 5th gen system. That system was a flop but i feel it was a test engine / resolve some lost R&D for the N64. Lets play games in Wireframe mode woot.

bottom line though is SNES is a "2D" console so i dont count that.... and virtual boy is more or less handheld stuff if u ask me, as it aint a "real" console as it never pluged into the tv , right? ... so thats why i consider wii a 3rd generation console (n64 - gamecube - and now the WII)

Geeze people, don't make it so hard. A console is a gaming machine that plugs into your tv. Each new one that is released is another generation of console. Start with N's first one and count from there to get the N generation.. not counting because it's "not 3d" is lame, pure and simple.

In the greater scheme of things, all current consoles are actually 7th generation, regardless of make.
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Did they ever think that the reason there was no riots, robberies, muggins, deaths, because unlike Sony, Nintendo actually knows how to release a system with plenty to go around so everyone can get one.

Quote - chulomixed said @ #47
Did they ever think that the reason there was no riots, robberies, muggins, deaths, because unlike Sony, Nintendo actually knows how to release a system with plenty to go around so everyone can get one.

Amen to that.

When would black be available? Any news on that?

Got one after waiting in line for 12 hours. It's really awesome. Still stuck on the first level of Zelda though.

I expect to see a few lawsuits launched by players who injure themselves during gameplay. I mean, if you aren't equipped with some degree of athleticism (i.e. body balancing and hand-eye co-ordination), don't engage yourselves in some of the games which require extreme movements or you should at least make sure there's enough open space. And, don't trust your kids alone to these units, if you have any. Otherwise, good job!

"what? heh. That's like saying DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS RIDE A BIKE IN OUTSIDE FOLKS. It's silly."

Some idiot somewhere will do it. I assure you. Unless Nintendo was smart enough to put a warning label.

Quote - MaJoR said @ #43.2
"what? heh. That's like saying DO NOT LET YOUR KIDS RIDE A BIKE IN OUTSIDE FOLKS. It's silly."

Some idiot somewhere will do it. I assure you. Unless Nintendo was smart enough to put a warning label.

actually when you play the sports game it tells you to be sure theres nothing on the way

@ coolvi ... i have a feeling your probably right ... but if i was a judge i would go tell the person who sued nintendo to fo f*** themselfs cause this falls under "common sence" , so if u get hurt it's your own damn fault! NO ONE elses ;)

i cant belive the stuff people sue for nowadays... and the funny thing is sometimes they actually win on stupid cases like this... the judges gotta be insane to allow cases in court like this... ill bet alot of this crap started from lawyers just trying to line there pockets not caring whats common sence or not.

I hope that they get the third party support and exclusives they deserve.

I hope that they will also teach big companies some humility. Go Nintendo.

I hope Nintendo gets the largest portion of the market just so the manufacturers (Sony, MS or whoever else decides to join) learn not to release 500-600 dollar systems

They're not the first and they won't be the last. When it comes down to it, Nintendo aims at an entirely different segment of the gaming market (with some obvious crossover of course). There's plenty of room and reason for different consoles being released with different capabilities, features, and price points.

Given what you get with a PS3, it's really not a bad deal, just a bit much for the average gamer.

But for someone who is a gamer $500-$600 to way too much for a games console. Around £475 is way way too much for a game console for me, you can get a decent PC for that much

As I said, for an average gamer it's a bit too much. Sure you can get a decent PC for that price range, but save for the inherent lock-in, the PS3 is more than a decent PC based on its specs. For that matter, you have to realize that the 360 and PS3 are not intended to just be game consoles, whereas the Wii is. That's something that is readily apparent even at a cursory glance. Taking it a bit further, the PS3 is more than just a product, it's a marketing push for Sony in general, but especially for Blu-Ray and their HD displays.

The price of the consoles are all based on the cost of their components. Nintendo and MS were able to tack on a little bit of profit, while Sony is taking some major losses to get the PS3 in at a price range that people still think is too high. Saying that they should learn not to release consoles at whatever price point is just insanely silly. If you can't afford it, well that's tough. Wait a year or so and they'll surely be cheaper wither a greater catalog of games to choose from.

its not the first...but im trying to think of the ones who were ahead of it...and basically they failed ...im sucking at remembering the names, i know 3DO is one (saw it on cnbc today) neo geo is another


not sure what else, how much was that philips thingy? feel free to add whatever im missing

Quote - jessterw said @ #34.3
As I said, for an average gamer it's a bit too much. Sure you can get a decent PC for that price range, but save for the inherent lock-in, the PS3 is more than a decent PC based on its specs. For that matter, you have to realize that the 360 and PS3 are not intended to just be game consoles, whereas the Wii is. That's something that is readily apparent even at a cursory glance. Taking it a bit further, the PS3 is more than just a product, it's a marketing push for Sony in general, but especially for Blu-Ray and their HD displays.

But PC's can do so much more inherently then the PS3 can, the only thing that outshines a PC on the PS3 is the graphics... that's it. Sony tried to market the PS3 as a PC, but it falls severely short on the versatility that PC's provide. Get a decent HTPC for £475 and you'll find its much more multi-purpose then the PS3. So it fails at being marketed as a PC and its too expensive as a games console; and Blu-ray is far from popular right now. So where does that leave it? in the barren wastelands of the niche market, which is not good for Sony as a whole, since they need the PS3 to pull them back into the black.

So Sony is losing on average $240 per console (that's a lot of games to be sold per console just to make up the loss, let alone 'company saving' profits that are needed), Current sales indicate that less games were sold then systems at launch, which means quite harsh losses. They are in a niche market, not being a PC and too expensive for a games console, their PR has been incredibly arrogant since the success of the PS2, their games are horribly expensive, their system is an amalgamation of unproven technology (which means greater defective units than usual, thus more loss).

All i'm saying is, they should have settled for cutting edge technology, instead of bleeding edge. Launched at a $350-$400 price range, taken out blu-ray and had some humility and they would have been set for dominate round three. However because of these gigantic mistakes on Sony's part, their domination looks more shaky then ever before, sorta parallel to the beginning of the fall of Nintendo as #1.

It would be ironic if Sony becomes N64 era Nintendo this generation.

I went to toys r us this morning around 9:20am and there were some people already lined up outside of the store. 10 mins later, they handed out tickets (20 of them) to people in line. I got number 17 of 20. I was in line for 30 mins for check out. By the time I got to the section where the controllers were at, there was none left. I was able to get TP. Wii Sports is fun. So is TP. Madden was sold out before I got to the counter. I have Madden in my queue on GameFly. I highly recommend this console.

i went to my local EB to get call of duty 3 for the 360, and someone asked for the Wii, and they sold out. they even sold out at wal-mart accross the street where i was looking for gears of war, but ended up going to EB for COD3.

Thank you Chris (bangbang of course) for posting this for me. I had some family issues yesterday and its still ongoing (I was at a hospital until about 3 am this morning) and wasn't able to do the Wii story. So I'd like to thank him again for posting this.

Quote - LOC said @ #29
Thank you Chris (bangbang of course) for posting this for me. I had some family issues yesterday and its still ongoing (I was at a hospital until about 3 am this morning) and wasn't able to do the Wii story. So I'd like to thank him again for posting this.

I dont want to sound like a heartless ******, and I'll probably get a warning for this, but was that really neccesary? I'm not exactly sure what you want from the neowin community... do you want us to ask you what is wrong? do you want us to wish you luck? I just don't see why mentioning the whole "family issues" thing is appropriate. all you had to say was thanks for posting this as i didn't have time, and it would have been as simple as that, yet you had to go out of your way to tell us that you're having family issues and that you were at the hospital blah blah, sorry, but keep your personal life out of your business (which for you, is posting on a news site).

I wasn't going to wait in line or do any crazy camping to get one. This morning I called around and everyone was sold out. oh well... I guess I wait for the next shipment..

People actually tried to scalp the purchasing ticket for wii. There was 87 Wii's at a local walmart and about 90 so people who wanted one. but then again, the people who came after the 87th person was about an hour early before the actual release.

6:00am for a console ain't bad. pretty friendly people in line, learned a couple of things from the old school gamers (like what NES games to buy for the virtual console, LOL). Good times guys good times. enjoy your wii if you have one.

hmm intersting... am waiting for the ps3 to drop price... but untell it does ill get a Wii to wast time on .. i mean comon 250$ for a 3rd generation console ? thats freaken cheap and it cant get any better

@ snappyfool ... he's (zixyon) right it is the 3rd generation of console if your counting from the 3D era which i would.... from Nintendo64 to now it is the 3rd generation console.

Just pre-ordered mine now from game.co.uk
Released on 8th December, do you guys think I'll be able to get one from that first batch, or will i have to wait for the next load? and if so, any idea when that next load is ?

Game sent me an e-mail saying I had been secured one as I'd been one of the first to preorder. They also said they had a large shipment expected although extra controllers, Wii Play and Zelda will be in short supply. You should get an email from Game letting you know if you can expect one from their first delivery or not.

Two of my friends got them, and I can say from personal experience (and 9 hours of very late night/early morning gaming) that the wii freaking pwns. Wii sports alone (with two controllers mind you) is fun, when played with friends. There's nothing better than being able to physically but not directly interact with your friend, giving him a royal arse kicking in Wii Sports Boxing. Baseball is fun enough to be played alone, as well as golf.

This console is going to be an instant hit with non gamers, due to simple controls & generally appealing games.

I was surprised. I went to the Walmart at Stigler, Oklahoma at 11pm on the 18th. I got there and went to the electronics department and asked about the Wii, the guy there (David) said they have some and asked if I wanted one. I said yes, where is the line and is there enough? He pulled out a list and said they got 20 units in and so far (this at 1hr before sale) that only 9 people were in "line" (actually a ticket system, get a ticket and be back by 12:30am on the 19th. I got in 10th position, and around 12:15am I paid for my Wii and there were still 10 units left without any takers. Amazing! All other Walmarts in the area had more people standing in line for over a day than units that were in stock. I like the controller, very unique. My 6 year old daughter loves it too.

I wonder what the profit is they make on it then. MS X360 will be profitable in fall 07 so I read a report a while ago. I forgot the link.

But dam me, I thought this was already released in the USA, I've seen people with them a few days ago, were they test kits?

Is it Dec 17th it's released here in the UK.

My old college teacher is gonna get a Wii I heard (that sounded wrong).

Nintendo makes around $70 or so on the consoles. Which isn't surprising given the hardware. Then again, Sony losing over $200 on each PS3 isn't surprising either for the same reason.

i guess the best launch of this new generation of video games console. Well today its the start of revolution

From what i've heard so far, the Wii is effectively sold out on the first day. There was a lot of consoles (more than Sony) available at launch... pretty incredible.

Quote - Elliott said @ #14.1
Wow, that's insane! And here I was thinking I could get a Wii for the holidays.

Well I do believe they promised another million before the end of the year.

actually.. all of the walmarts in my state were only selling small portions of their stock last night. another guy in line suggested they were waiting till this friday when everything goes on sale for christmas. dont give up if you really want one. keep checking back there. the walmart in my town said they had well over 50 units but were only selling 30 last night. another walmart that i was at last night were only selling 20units, but when i picked mine up off the stack, they had a ton of them still in the boxes. all 2million units did not sell last night.

Quote - Rodrigo said @ #14.5

If that's true then you are wrong in just one thing: North America equals US, Canada and Mexico. Thank you.

Do you really think Canada and Mexico are gonna take up a large number of those wii's? Canada probably took 150,000 and mexico 50,000.

Where I work we had someone trying to buy a place in the line for $500.00. The dude was kinda crazy though. The funny thing was with the line that was there they could buy 3 wii's each and still not run out LoL!

i'm getting the Wii when it comes out here in the UK and i'm getting Zelda, but beyond that there is nothing that really interests me Wii wise and god knows why i'm actually getting one.

I can't wait to test it... Because I'll test the PS3 and the Wii before buying one of them :P They both look good IMO.

Go the passive-assertive Nintendo fans...who rather then bludgeon their brethren, choose instead to sport and discuss with them...

Quote - mikey said @ #5
I'm going to get one when the prices go down :)

omg, they are only like £179.99... how cheap you want it

I'll buy all three, once I get the money (and the prices go down from the current stratospheric levels).

If I had enough money I'd buy all 3 consoles to mess around with, but I am tempted to buy this even though I never was before just for Zelda.