The Nintendo Wii was introduced one year ago today – happy birthday, Wii! Nintendo is manufacturing almost 2 million Wiis a month, which still isn’t expected to cover demand for the holiday season. If you can’t find one, how about a Wu or a Vii?
the Wii has of course blown everyone else away and rules the roost in terms of units sold, more than the XB and PS combined. But there’s a lot of room for improvement and areas in which the Wii can’t rest on its laurels. A detailed article at TGD makes the case for what needs to come next.
The price of the Nintendo Wii will remain unchanged for the holidays. I think they’re trying to obvious us all to death.
UPDATE: I predict that Nintendo will be forced to drop the price to $200 after the holiday season. I explain why below in the comment thread.
LucasArts to Unleash the Force on the Wii in Spring 2008
Star Warsâ„¢: The Force Unleashedâ„¢ Coming to Nintendo’s Platform with Exclusive Duel Mode
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2007 – LucasArts today revealed that Star Warsâ„¢: The Force Unleashedâ„¢ will come to the Wiiâ„¢ home videogame system from Nintendo next spring, offering owners the unique chance to live out their Jedi fantasies by wielding the Wii Remoteâ„¢ as a lightsaber while using the Nunchukâ„¢ controller to torment foes with their Forceâ„¢ powers.
The Force Unleashed casts players as Darth Vader’s “Secret Apprentice” and promises to unveil new revelations about the Star Wars galaxy. The game’s expansive story is set during the largely unexplored era between Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. In it, players will assist the iconic villain in his quest to rid the universe of Jedi – and face decisions that could change the course of their destiny.
The Wii version, in development by Krome Studios, will also add an exclusive duel mode in which players can compete head-to-head with their friends to determine the ultimate Jedi Master.
“The Wii is a great platform for The Force Unleashed, because the console’s motion-oriented controllers really bring the game to life,” said Jim Ward, President of LucasArts. “We’ve worked hard to make the Wii version of the game unique in order to truly let you unleash the Force.”
Oh man. Oh man. Oh man.
The Nintendo Wii is officially the world’s best-selling console:
The Financial Times is reporting that the Nintendo Wii is now the number one selling console in the world, even though the Xbox 360 enjoyed a full year head start. Based on sales data from the NPD Group, Enterbrain, and GfK, here is how the console sales break down:
- Nintendo Wii: 9 million units
- Xbox 360: 8.9 million units
- Playstation 3: 3.7 million units
Meanwhile, the Wii Zapper is coming out soon, bundled with a Zelda minigame that lets you use it for crossbow practice. But all of this is just the appetizer for when the online multiplayer lightsaber game arrives, someday…