Only minutes to go before lucky gamers can get their hands on one of the most revolutionary consoles ever! Excited shoppers were already forming queues outside shops across the country this morning, to ensure they are among the first to own Nintendo’s much-anticipated new console when it launches tomorrow. As the undisputed must-have this Christmas, the demand for Wii has reached unprecedented levels, with both gamers and non-gamers alike desperate to get their hands on the critically acclaimed console.
To meet the exceptional customer demand, many stores across the UK will be opening their doors at midnight tonight. Nintendo UK has announced it will officially partner with HMV. The action kicks off from 11pm at HMV, 150 Oxford Street, London with the chance for everyone to come down and play launch game Wii Sports against top celebrities including Ian Wright, Nell McAndrew, Pat Cash and Ricky Hatton.
Wii is already shaping up to be the most hotly anticipated console launch ever seen in the UK with Amazon.co.uk recently revealing that pre-orders for Wii on its site ‘sold out’ within seven minutes of them being made available, making it the fastest-selling pre-order it has ever listed. In addition, retailers including Comet, Dixons and GAME have already announced that Wii is expected to be one of their top selling items this Christmas and demand is already expected to exceed supply.
Those getting there early enough in the queue will be lucky enough to get their hands on their very own Wii consoles, games and goodie bags just in time for Christmas. Stocks are limited so get there early to avoid disappointment.
With demand expected to exceed supply, Nintendo is doing everything possible to replenish stocks and ensure as many people as possible can purchase Wii for Christmas. To cope with the high demand Nintendo is shipping a staggering four million consoles by the end of 2006 and six million by March 2007 globally, with regular shipments arriving in stores through Christmas and into the New Year.
When released in America on 19th November Wii was an instant hit, selling-out almost everywhere within a matter of hours. In the first week since its launch over 600,000 consoles sold across the USA, roughly one per second. Wii launched in Japan on December 2nd and saw similar success with huge queues forming outside shops selling Wii all over the country. Around 400,000 Wii’s were shipped to retail in Japan for launch day and they were virtually all sold out on the morning of launch.
Gamers lucky enough to get a Wii for Christmas this year will be spoilt for choice with around 24 Wii games available before the end of the year, plus a further 36 Virtual Console games, which can be downloaded and stored on the console’s internal memory. When Wii launches across Europe it will come bundled with Wii Sports, a compilation of five games on one disc. Using Nintendo’s revolutionary motion sensitive controller, players can have the life-like experience of playing tennis, golf, baseball, bowling and boxing, all in the comfort of their own living room.
Wii owners will certainly have allot to look forward to with these great games available from launch:
- Barnyard – THQ
- Blazing Angels: Squadrons Of WWII – Ubisoft
- Call Of Duty 3 – Activision
- Disney/Pixar’s Cars – THQ
- Far Cry: Vengeance – THQ
- Gottlieb Pinball Classics – System 3
- GT Pro Series – Ubisoft
- Happy Feet – Midway
- The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess – Nintendo
- Madden NFL ‘07 – EA
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance – Activision
- Monster 4x4 World Circuit – Ubisoft
- Need For Speed: Carbon – EA
- Open Season – Ubisoft
- Rampage: Total Destruction – Midway
- Rayman Raving Rabbids – Ubisoft
- Red Steel – Ubisoft
- SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab - THQ
- Super Fruit Fall – System 3
- Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz – Sega
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent – Ubisoft
- Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam – Activision
- Wii Play – Nintendo
- Wii Sports (free with console) - Nintendo
The Wii console is available at the estimated retail price of around €249 (£179 in the UK). Included with every Wii console is one wireless Wii Remote, a Nunchuk, Wii Sports game, Stereo AV Cable and the sensor bar for Wii’s unique control system. Software is available at the estimated retail price of between 49 Euros and 59 Euros (£34 to £39 in the UK).
Additional controllers will retail at the estimated prices of: Wii Remote 39 Euros (£29 in UK), Nunchuk 19 Euros (£14 in UK) and the Classic Controller 19 Euros (£14 in UK).