Nintendo Wii Coming To America November 19th for $250


<via Gizmodo & GenDigital>

Expect to play Nintendo Wii in time for Turkey Day. The Date? November 19th. The price? $250.

To come with Wii Sports, which includes golf, bowling, baseball and tennis games controlled by swinging the wii-mote. 25 titles available by end of year. 30 classic games, including Zelda, Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong.

The info was accidentally leaked by the Seattle PI by some trigger happy web admin, likely. Your party foul, our news.

At $250, the new system is about half the cost of a juiced up Xbox 360 and less than half the cost of the yet-to-be-released Sony PlayStation3 (who just announced another delay this week which will effect European customers).  The unique selling point of the Wii will be its intuitive wireless “Wii-mote” that, when tilted by the user will produce movement and actions on screen.  If the media campaign promoting the Wii comes off flawlessly Nintendo will have positioned a less costly “fun” and “easy” alternative to the technologically advanced, considerably more expensive Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

I think Nintendo will be more successful than most people think.  Here’s why:

  • Sony PS3s are going to be extremely hard to get unless you pay outrageous prices on e-bay. 
  • Early indications have teens and college students pushing for upgraded portable digital music players (the $300 video iPod), premium jeans (Seven for All Mankinds can cost more than $200), and other luxury goods (i.e. competition for limited dollars)
  • Gift-givers might not be willing to spend $500+ on a console system.
  • Wii will come pre-loaded with a series of sports games touting the functionality of the wireless controller.  Games typically do not come bundled with the consoles, so this represents a real “value add”. 

Given these points, I think Nintendo’s Wii will be the sleeper hit of this year’s holiday season.

Wii Dated And Priced For North America [Kotaku]


1 comment so far

  1. Wii-markable!!! « NextUp on

    […] Here’s some gamer trivia….  November, 2006 was the first time all three new home systems would be available to consumers, along with three established portable game devices.  And which company wont the month hands down????  I’m not gloating, but you can’t say I didn’t say so…. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

  • Recognition

    Alltop, all the cool kids (and me)

    Top Customer Service Blog
    Online MBA Rankings
  • Recent Comments

    Russell Rudick on The End of the Music Stor…
    86Lucio on $2000 a Year
    Una on $2000 a Year
    Customer Code of Con… on How to Poorly Represent for Yo…
  • Top 10 Posts

  • Amazon Apple Best Buy Blogging Brand Engagement Brand Management Circuit City Co-Creation Content Conversations Customer Experience Customer Made Digital Home Disruption Entertainment Experience Economy Gaming Generation C (ontent) Global Connectivity Greatest Hits Innovation Lifestyle & Leisure Loyalty Marketing & Advertising Microsoft MP3 orthodoxies Power to the Pocket Retail Retail Close to the Customer SecondLife Sensors Services Simplicity Social Media Social Networks Sony Techno Wars Telecom The New Media This Changes Everything Uncategorized Virtual Life Wi-Life Youth
  • RSS Archive Favorites

  • Where Are You?

    Locations of visitors to this page
  • Archives

  • Next-Up

  • Advertisements
    %d bloggers like this: