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Nintendo Wii Launches in Japan on Dec 2

by Rainier on Sept. 14, 2006 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT

During its press conference in Japan, Nintendo announced that it will launch its new Wii game console on December 2 in Japan for 25,000 yen ($250). 16 titles will be available at launch, including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Odoru! Made in Wario, Pokémon Battle Revolution, and Wii Sports will be sold separately.

Sony plans to offer a version of its PS 3 console with a 20-gigabyte hard disk drive in Japan on November 11 for 62,790 yen, and in the United States on November 17 for $499, setting the stage for a three-way showdown with Nintendo and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) in the nearly $30 billion video game industry.

In Europe, however, gamers will have to wait until after the year-end shopping season to lay their hands on the PS3 as Sony last week delayed the European launch of the console to March from November due to inadequate supplies of a key component.

Nintendo, known for games featuring characters such as Donkey Kong, Mario and Pokemon, said there would be 16 software titles from 10 developers available at launch including "The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" by Nintendo itself.

Nintendo is hoping to recreate the success of its DS handheld machine with the Wii console, which features an innovative and intuitive controller, described by some as a magic wand.

The one-handed controller looks like a TV remote and uses motion-detection sensors that allow players to control the game by wielding it like a sword, waving it like a conductor's baton, or swinging it like a baseball bat or a tennis racket.

Nintendo has said it would aim to sell 6 million units of the Wii console by March, which coincides with rival Sony's PS3 shipment target by the same month.

December 2nd :

  • Trauma Center : Second Opinion
  • Elebits
  • Machikuru Domino
  • Necro Nesia
  • Super Monkey Ball : Banana Blitz
  • Super Swing Golf Pangya
  • Wing Island
  • Kororimba
  • SD Gundam Revolution
  • Ennichi no Tatsujin
  • Tamagotchi no Pikapika daitoryo!
  • Red Steel
  • Wii Sports
  • WarioWare : Smooth Moves
  • The Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess
  • Hajimete no Wii

December 2006 :

  • Need for Speed Carbon
  • Samurai Warriors Wave
  • Mahjong
  • Bleach
  • Furi Furi
  • Cooking Mama - Cooking with International Friends
  • Sudoku
  • Tsuri Master
  • Crayon Shinchan Wii
  • Rayman contre les Lapins Crétins
  • Pokémon Battle Revolution

Januari 2007

  • Dragon Ball Z : Budokai Tenkaichi 2
  • Excite Truck

February 2007 :

  • Bachindaa
  • Fire Emblem Akatsuki no Megami
  • Bachindaa

March 2007

  • Crossword
  • Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Bomberman Land

Spring 2007

  • Dragon Quest Swords (Square Enix)
  • JAWA (Spike)
  • Cérébrale Académie Wii (Nintendo)
  • Disaster : Day of Crisis (Nintendo)

Summer 2007

  • Shooting Game (AS Networks)
  • Fishing Game (AS Networks)
  • Nomiso Kone Kone Puzzle Takoron (Compile Heart)

2007

Action Game (AS Networks)
SSX (EA)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf (EA)
Harry Potter (EA)
Heroes (Spike)
Sonic Wii (Sega)
Original Action Game (D3 publisher)
Simple Series (D3)
Action Game (Mile-stone)
Shooting Game (Mile-stone)
THE DOG ISLAND (Yuke's)
Project H.A.M.M.E.R (Nintendo)
Super Paper Mario (Nintendo)
Wii Music (Nintendo)
Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo)
Smash Bros. Wii (Nintendo)
Battalion Wars Wii (Nintendo)
Donkey Kong Jet (Nintendo)
Forever Blue (Nintendo)
Mario Strikers Charged (Nintendo)
Mario Party 8 (Nintendo)
Metroid Prime 3 Corruption (Nintendo)

TBD :

Cars (THQ)
Spongebob (THQ)
Barnyard (THQ)
Call of Duty 3 (Activision)
Tony Hawk Downhill Jam (Activision)
Kenjutsu Action (Interchannel Holon)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Action Game (Epoch)
GT pro series (MTO)
Iyashikei Character Action Game (MTO)
San-X All-Stars for Wii (MTO)
Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles (Capcom)
Sengoku BASARA Series (Capcom)
Keiba Racing (Koei)
Shinsaku RPG (Koei)
Ongaku Simulation Game (genre musique, Konami)
Shinki Action Adventure Game 1 (Konami)
Shinki Action Adventure Game 2 (Konami)
Sports Game (Soccer) (Konami)
Sports Game (Baseball) (Konami)
Role Playing Game (Konami)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Square Enix)
Princess Company (Starfish)
Gun Shooting (Sega)
Densha de Go! (Taito)
3D Action Game (Takara Tomy)
Action (Takara Tomy)
Battle Action Game (Takara Tomy)
Mobile Suit Gundam (Namco Bandai)
Sword of Legendia (Namco Bandai)
Pac-Man Carnival (Namco Bandai)
One Piece Unlimited Adventure (Namco Bandai)
Action Game (Banpresto)
Action RPG (From Sofware)
Action Game (From Software)
Original Simulation (Marvelous Interactive)
Legend of the River King (Marvelous)
Harvest Moon Wii (Marvelous)
Eyeshield 21 (Nintendo)
Animal Crossing (Nintendo)
Hoshi no Kirby (Nintendo)

(Source : Yahoo/Reuters)

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