It stole the show at E3 and should cost no more than £150. And now the Wii has one more trump card to pull on Microsoft and Sony – it’s apparently on course for an early worldwide launch in October.
Insiders and analysts both agree that, as Nintendo has been churning out final production units of the Wii since June 21st, the launch in Japan, the US and Europe will come in October or possibly even September if we’re well-behaved gamers.
This is another dig in the ribs of Sony, which hasn’t started producing final PS3s yet and isn’t likely to debut its £425 machine until November 17th in the UK.
Even if the Wii’s touchdown doesn’t come as early as expected, the news on its production means it probably won’t suffer from the supply problems that dogged the Xbox 360.
While were initially sceptical doom-merchants about the console, we’re now excited by the potential of its controller, especially after another hands-on session with it yesterday.
While some of the games – particularly Wario Ware and the Orchestra Conductor, which you’ll hear about on this week’s podcast – struggle to rise above novelty status, the sports games really are a new gaming experience.
The Tennis title, in particular, will have you flinging yourself at imaginary volleys and really showcases the versatility of the motion controller, with topspin, lobs and backhand smashed all reproduced on screen.
Whether all this will be enough for gamers to adopt the Wii as their main console remains to be seen, although there are some less twee titles in the works, notably Call of Duty 3, Resident Evil and Medal of Honor Airborne. Expect some more updates and terrible puns on the Wii soon.