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Wii Will Launch Under $250

Posted by Anthony Dickens

Nintendo throw a statement out into the open with an estimated Wii price and how many units will be available.

Today, Nintendo announce a statement containing some information about the Wii retail price and how many units they expect to be available.

Following its overwhelming debut at E3 2006, Nintendo today announced the current fiscal year unit shipment forecast for its new home game system, Wii. Nintendo also confirmed that the price of the Wii system, which incorporates unique freehand control, will not exceed $250 in America, or ¥25,000 in Japan and will be at a similar, affordable price in Europe. The company plans to ship six million systems to retailers around the world between its launch in the fourth quarter of 2006 and the end of its fiscal year on 31st March 2007.

What does this mean? using today's exchange rate that's £133 or 195 EUR. However, don't get your hopes up, we'd still expect a retail price of around £150~£180 and 200~250 EUR.

"The company also said it expects to sell 17 million Wii games in the period. Exact launch dates, details of the launch library of games, and information on the unique ‘virtual console’ aspect of Wii will be announced soon."

Of course, we'll let you know as soon as the announcements are made.

[via nintendo-europe.com]

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User Comments (7)

Nanaki

#1

Nanaki said:

Finally Nintendo get the price out! I dont think they will give us a $180 price, we do pay more but that much more would take then piss (then again this is Wii we are talking about)

Thats something like £275 less than the PS3...

antdickensAdmin

#2

antdickens said:

From that statement today I'd expect it to be $249.99 - it won't be much lower than the $250 stated.

It should make the UK price pretty good though, although we're ridiculously strong against the dollar at the moment.

Nanaki

#4

Nanaki said:

My guesses are at £35-£40 range, has to be at least £10 lower than the competitions games.

antdickensAdmin

#5

antdickens said:

I think it'll vary alittle bit, AAA titles will be £39.99 and less complex titles like Wii Sports might weight in around £29.99

Link

#6

Link said:

Nice to see that the Wii is a Reasonable price. As we students cant afford to much :)

DarkHadou

#7

DarkHadou said:

with the 360 games going to 44.99 and 39.99 soon they would have to be around the 39.99/34.99
As for the price of the Wii I say £169.99 for the Wii sounds right

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