Feeds

Nintendo Wii to make a splash early?

Production start claims point to September/October release

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

Nintendo will release its next-generation games console, Wii, much earlier than the company has previously announced, it has been claimed. The company is already punching out Wii hardware, it's said, and that means the firm is out to get to market well ahead of Sony.

American Technology Research (ATR) analyst PJ McNealy this week told his clients that Nintendo has now initiated Wii production - rather sooner than he would expect for a machine scheduled to ship when Nintendo has said it will: around the time Sony brings its PlayStation 3 to market.

The PS3 is set to ship in Europe and the US on 17 November. McNealy said he believes Wii could hit store shelves in October and perhaps even late September.

Alternatively, Nintendo is simply making sure it suffers none of the supply problems that have dogged new videogame console launches in the past.

Nintendo Revolution

Nintendo has said in the past that the Wii will retail in the US for $250 or less, and no more than &yen25,000 ($220/£119/€174) in Japan. It also expects to have shipped more than 6m of the machines by March 2007. Sony hopes to ship the same number of PS3 in the same timeframe. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away
Brit buyers still not falling for Windows' charms
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?