Monday, August 07, 2006

IGN Speculates on Wii Price, Release Date, CPU, and Other Stuff

IGN just put up a post concerning Wii and rumors they have about it. But something fishy has happened so let's go over what is directly up there right now. Here is what was in the post: A number of big-name publishers are set to release their Wii games in mid-to-late October, which suggests that a system debut could not be that far off. And several insiders have told IGN that November 2 could, in fact, be the big day. Thing is, not all of our contacts are in agreement on the date. Some have suggested that November 12 could, instead, by Wii's launch date. Regardless, though, it seems that Wii fans can look forward to their console sooner rather than later. Sources suggest that Wii will launch with a $229 price tag and will be available in both black and white. Nintendo has allegedly bumped production of Wii hardware to more than five million units by the end of the year, a significant upgrade to previous numbers. The jump is purportedly based on the positive reaction to Wii from press and industry analysts at E3 2006. The console is unlikely to be region-free, although the lock is unrelated to hardware; a firmware update could theoretically allow gamers to play import software. Ah so mid to late October that is where a lot of publishers are looking at. There has been a lot of speculation concerning October so who knows. Also November 2 seems plausible but not much into November 12. Too close to the PS3 launch date. AS for a $229 price tag seems a little to random. I still think it'll be $250 as that seems like the best but who knos. But just seems to random. AS for bumping it up to 5 million that is definetly believeable. Wii is the big thing in gaming right now and is getting games, support, and good words every day. I wouln'dt be surprised. But not region free is a little dissapointing but a firmware update to enable that would be wonderful. Now that is what is up now. But that's not what was up in the original post. Some things were left out. Why? I don't know but I think to cover up some thigns. Here's things left out in the original post: Insiders claim to have seen final hardware. The Broadway CPU is allegedly in the 750 CL line, a continuation of the 750 GX series. IBM may be working on a revised Broadway chip with a lower clock speed for a future Nintendo handheld — presumably one that plays GameCube discs. Nintendo has allegedly bumped production of Wii hardware to 5.5 million units by the end of the year, a significant upgrade to previous numbers. The jump is purportedly based on the positive reaction to Wii from press and industry analysts at E3 2006. Ah so why leave out the info about the Broadway series. Now I don't know anything about the 750 CL PowerPC line but I do know that the 750 GX max performance is 1 ghz. So a continuation would mean it would be more powerful than 1 ghz which would stomp the old rumors. But this is also interesting. A revised Broadway chip to be used in a future NInendo handheld that plays GC discs. I smell Gameboy Evolution. If that's true then that would be nothing short of incredible. Possibly some connection between it and the Wii. Who knows but the ability to play GC games on your handheld is amazing. It would be like a good PSP. Woah unnecessary shot at downgraded PS2 games always on PSP. And also it said 5.5 million instead of 5. So why leave this out in the revised post. Did this give away too much. Possibly Nintendo wanted it revised or did we just find something out we weren't supposed to. I guess all will be explained soon but very very interesting rumors. We'll see how it turns out. http://www.codenamerevolution.com/?p=1427 Zucas

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