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.