Nintendo Wii European press conference Finished

Yesterday, Nintendo announced US and Japanese launch details. Today, it's our turn, with a European press conference taking place in London - and you can read all about it as it happens on this very page from 12PM BST. Nintendo has already said we'll find out launch date, pricing and software information about our version of its famed next-generation console but there remain a number of unanswered questions. At the conclusion of the conference, which is expected to last an hour, there will be a photo-call followed by an afternoon of gameplay sessions and interview opps. Stay tuned...

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  • Jimmymd2 8 years ago

    You think you guys in Europe get it last? Come to south africa...where elephants walk around in the street (hahaha). i'll settle for an xbox 360 rather this year - then save for a PS3...well I've just never liked Nintendo anyway (my DS has gathered more dust than any other device i have while my psp just brings hours of joy. o great devhook I praise you...)
  • SlackMaster 8 years ago

  • pjmaybe 8 years ago

    Heh. They didn't wanna let us in, but we got in anyway.



    The Wii Watches are nice too.



    Peej

  • Chim_chimma_nee! 8 years ago

    I said 150 or no dice and i'm sticking to that.

    I'll let the dust settle and then avoid any mistakes.

    Early adoption has always left me feeling regretful, as i'm not a child anymore and have learnt the art of patience.



    Oh yeah - I have less than no interest in playing 'wii sports' so i'll pass on that bundle. Oh wait they don'y give you a choice.
  • manic_mouse 8 years ago

    "P.S I callout manic_mouse as a fanboy"



    Want to try and support that assertion/strawman?



    If not then piss off.



    @Varsas: Well we'll see in a few years. If the Wii outsells the PS3 and Xbox 360 I will gladly admit I was wrong.
  • SeesThroughAll 8 years ago

    @Razzajazz:



    "Non-gamers" will simply think "Wow! This is easy!" Whether it works or not, depends purely on how easily the games really control. For example, from what we've heard, it looks like the next Zelda will actually be tougher to control than with a regular GC pad, while Wii Sports appears to be extremely simple.
  • agentq 8 years ago

  • smoison 8 years ago

    GREAT!!!



    This was defenitly expected, and I can't wait to try this baby out.







    P.S I callout manic_mouse as a fanboy



    People who have a descent PC have little interest in the Xbox 360.

    The wii is like NO other consol before it.
  • cynic 8 years ago

  • varsas 8 years ago

    @manic_mouse: I assume that last reply was @ me?



    EDIT: You're referring to my "you dislike Nintendo" comment; which I do apologise for but I certainly think my main points are valid.
  • manic_mouse 8 years ago

    @Veras: Nice strawman. I, personally, don't respond to people who have to resort to that kind of tactic to try and prove their point.
  • TheSaint 8 years ago

    @manic_mouse



    Interesting point regarding the money program. When my parents and in laws came over they were very impressed by viewing holiday pictures from PC via 360 on the TV, but I would never imagine them buying a console for this facility.



    The Wii however has the SD card slot enabling people to take the meory card straight out of the camera and view it on their TV.



    These are both good bonus features but people buy consoles for the games not the added little bits.
  • login_name 8 years ago

    About what I expected to be honest. It's a bit of a luke warm price point, not exactly gonna break the bank but it's not as cheap as most people would have wished it to be i.e. it doesn't stand out either way.



    That being said, it is the only place in town that offers this kind of gameplay and it does look fun! The channels look useful too. A good complement to the 'other console(s) of choice' I think.
  • CallousB 8 years ago

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  • varsas 8 years ago

    @manic_mouse:



    What mass-market appeal? You seriously believe that non-gamers are running out in droves to buy DS's? Because I doubt that is the case, especially considering the success of previous GameBoys.



    I guess you're ignoring the figures that were also talked about in the press conference i.e. female gamers and older games are playing DS and in pretty good numbers too. Also the sustained sales of some games on DS show it's not just the core games market; again not the dominance of the DS games in sales charts especially Japan.



    Yeah, the GBA was really successful so the GC was too. Right?



    The handheld and home console markets are vastly different, as is Nintendo's position in both. Any comparisons are instantly null and void because of that.



    Anyway, the PSP is significantly more expensive than the DS and it launched later. Not the case with the Core 360 compared to the Wii.



    As has been mentioned by myself and others a straight comparison of Core 360 vs Wii is not really valid because of the difference in the bundles i.e. 360 lacks game memory, wirelss controller and game. Wrt PSP vs DS, DS stole a march on PSP BUT DS has continued to maintain better sales than PSP even after their price drop.



    Look I get it, you dislike Nintendo and want to bury the Wii before it's released.



    All I've been saying is that Wii certainly has a chance to do well citing the DS as an example. I'm not by any means saying it's a certainty but why dismiss it out of hand? As someone who just likes playing games and has been doing so for 22 years, I'm interested in Nintendo doing well.
  • SeesThroughAll 8 years ago

    250 euros is what I expected. And it will, indeed, be out for Christmas. Game prices are reasonable. Plus, remeber the Virtual Console.
  • manic_mouse 8 years ago

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  • Thorbar 8 years ago

    I hope they got plenty of photos of Gabby.
  • G-UNIT 8 years ago

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  • KraftWerk 8 years ago

    @G-UNIT



    "I want an X-Box 360."

    See what I mean? Nonsensical names for the win.
  • varsas 8 years ago

  • CallousB 8 years ago

  • G-UNIT 8 years ago

    Wii is a stupid name for a console. 'I want a Wii' - see what I mean? I won't be buying one because i don't want to sound stupid.
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

  • GiarcYekrub 8 years ago

    Anyone know if we'll get some questions answered today?
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  • avtar 8 years ago

    @Sid



    They said in yesterday (US) conference that you have to pay extra for the Opera browser.
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

  • KraftWerk 8 years ago

    I didn't import. :p
  • manic_mouse 8 years ago

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  • nakke 8 years ago

    @AcidSnake: well, who wouldn't hope that :D
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  • varsas 8 years ago

    @Raid: I know what you mean...it is a bit expensive to have the mass market appeal given the close pricing to the core 360...but then that's why MS released the core 360...for those ignorant about games and in the end forcing them to get all the extras to make full use of the machine.
  • Santino 8 years ago

  • Bertie 8 years ago

    Hello everybody, thanks for your patience during that. Old trusty tin can server got a bit out of breath, but all the infos a little less 'double-posted' now. Hope you enjoyed it!
  • Syneisha 8 years ago

  • varsas 8 years ago

    @PS3lol: It is cheaper because what's been forgotten is that the core does not come with a wireless controller or internal memory for game saves or a game.
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    @nakke



    "VAT, I tell you, VAT."



    Hehe, you can take over from me with the SLAPs too if you want :)
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    @manic_mouse



    you thought wrong.
  • alexg 8 years ago

    Ha hah hahahahha



    Misers.



    Sorry but Nintendo's main function isn't to save y'all your precious pennies.



    How are you gamers at all?



    It ain't cheap y'know.



    It's a good competitive price. A "bargain" console would not be taken seriously by the consumer.
  • SergioAguero 8 years ago

    179 Quid: Its NOT EXPENSIVE in itself but thinking about new gamers, older gamers, and people who enjoy Brain Training on their DS etc: I had 150 as an invisible line for frivolous spending, it's a shame they crossed it.



    Don't get me wrong, it will still sell like hotcakes; it's just a shame they didn't push the boat out a little.



    Ironically, Sony's disappearance this Xmas might cost people some money on Wii /and or 360 HD Drive options. Competition is good!
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    We should probably remember that launch prices are for early adopters. For people who wait for price cuts as part of their normal behaviour this price may well be too high, and thats fine. But for the early adopter who is used to taking a hit to have the product asap its a very good price.
  • Raid 8 years ago

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  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    @PS3lol



    SLAP!!!
  • faselei 8 years ago

    Oh ffs sake. Whay too expansive. Screw the next gen for at least 6 months after launch methinks.
  • nakke 8 years ago

    "The 8th of December is waaaaaaaay to close to Christmas to release. Most folk will have bought pressies in November."



    Really? I know no people who buy their presents months before here in Finland. Well, maybe you're all crazy and odd elsewhere.
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    @jimmyboo



    SCE has always done very well. Its true that other parts of Sony haven't done so well, in fact I recall some layoffs a good few motnhs ago from other parts of the corp. But when comparing game companies (especially important given that games is all Ninty does) I think its important to keep things in context.

  • rare_uk 8 years ago

    So where the hell do we order one from?
  • CallousB 8 years ago

    "The Wii doesn't come with any powerful CPU or HD graphics."



    The core 360 doesn't come with HD graphics either..unless you buy the right cable thus increasing the price difference.
  • Stormflood 8 years ago

    Already have a 360, getting Wii for xmas, and come March I'll be flush for a PS3. F*ck Wii60 - PSWii60 all the way :)



  • GiarcYekrub 8 years ago

    I gotta say compared to the US meeting this was pants ...

    No QA.

    Practically No Infomation eg



    how many units for this teritory?

    Zelda GC release date?

    Prepheral pricing?

    VC pricing?



  • manic_mouse 8 years ago

  • AcidSnake 8 years ago

    And now that we have this vital information can we start to break that coded message from nintendo a few months back?



    Seems indeed that the UK is f*cked over when compared to...well the rest of the planet...

    Am I glad to be in Italy...
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

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  • Goffee 8 years ago

    Here's a thought, as an older gamer with a son. What am I going to get, the techno-wizz of a 360 or something fun that my whole family can play and get some exercise while playing.



    I know what market Nintendo is going after and it appears to be me.
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

  • The_Programmer 8 years ago

    "Nintendo has basically priced at a level that will a)sell like hot cakes and b)turn them a healthy profit. I fail to see how that is bad business practice. "



    Yeh! Just like the Gamecube in the UK. By the way, do they still make games for that.
  • Syneisha 8 years ago

    Why are people complaining about the price being close to the core 360 pack, a pack cut down and without a game or even a way to save your games. The Wii pack is a console, all you need to play and a game. In what way is 250 euros a bad deal, especially since $250 is 210 euros right now?
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    Also, the 1st party 360 games are generally 50GBP, which is 10GBP more than 40GBP for the mathematically challenged.
  • varsas 8 years ago

  • monochrome_blue 8 years ago

    "Thats why Sony are in so much finacial trouble"



    Really? Thats news to me.



    It shouldn't be. Almost every division of Sony has a vested interest in PS3, they're more or less in turmoil across the board outside games.
  • sonmi451 8 years ago

  • JediMasterMalik 8 years ago

    Yeh, I may get a black one, after a price drop. Would fit well next to my PS3...in March. /cry
  • The_Programmer 8 years ago

  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    People, you have to remember that the people Nintendo are targetting first and foremost with this console are those who will look at the 360 and see only a games console for "gamers". Most of those would not buy a 360 if it were cheaper than the Wii. For "traditional" gamers, they will look at the Wii and see Zelda, SMG and MP3.



    Nintendo has basically priced at a level that will a)sell like hot cakes and b)turn them a healthy profit. I fail to see how that is bad business practice.
  • mazzl 8 years ago

    so.... this is it.. yet AGAIN $ = euro!!! i'm not getting a wii.

    why? games would be cheaper.. there not. console would be cheaper it's not...

    nintendo should have gone for a euro 199 price point and euro 39.99 for a game...

    now it just has an outdated console with a cool controller priced at 25% of the price of the console... this just won't work for me







  • bmanula 8 years ago

    Durandle: " Once again, we be screwed on price. I really do fail to see *why* this must be so. Maybe simply *because they can* "



    I'll tell you why: Tax. Correct me if I am wrong, but 25% VAT is common in Europe. the pre-tax price in Europe is actually (250 euro/1.25 = ) 200 euro = $250. exactly the same as the US price (which doesn't include tax).
  • alexg 8 years ago

    EGers just LOVE to moan...



    A console is not an "impulse buy" ffs...



    A bag of crisps maybe, but not a console.
  • richardiox 8 years ago

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  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    @bigbadbeasty



    Which class would that be?



    How about you swap the LOL for a link to some facts about SCE's financial situation and I'll take you seriously.
  • RedPanda 8 years ago

  • Lawlost 8 years ago

    Stuff that the g*ts 180 notes is taking the mick. MS are going to clean up this Xmas. I'll wait for the inevitable price drop shortly before the PS3 comes out. Very disappointed.
  • chupachups 8 years ago

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  • Razzajazz 8 years ago

    I can't really see what all the fuss is about! Sure, it's closely priced to the 360 Core, but they're completely different propositions. It's really not that expensive, is it? Or am I missing something?
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

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  • trench 8 years ago

    JediMasterMalik: Nor are Sony or MS, yet they are selling their consoles at a huge loss. Why don't Ninty, at the very least, sell it at manufacturing costs?



    Because unlike Sony and MS, Nintendo don't have other sources of income away from gaming?
  • bigbadbeasty 8 years ago

    @kangarootoo



    LOL, I hope your joking. I recommend paying attention in class!
  • smelly 8 years ago

    Considering what you're getting for your money. That's a good price.



    Little johnny can get a games machine with a game and online stuff with no extra to pay for a fairly cheap price.



    Even with the 360 core package, to get a game, and to get online, etc etc.. does cost a heck of a lot more!

  • GiarcYekrub 8 years ago

    So When is Zelda GC coming out?
  • Nobuo 8 years ago

    I'm happy with that price, but lots of people won't be. At that time of year it's still going to be an affordable and very in-demand Christmas present, but I think they should have beaten the Xbox price by a bit more.



    The fact the core Xbox package is practically worthless won't cross a lot of parent's minds.
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    Oops, apologies for the multiple posts... seems like EG is having a brain fart.
  • varsas 8 years ago

  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    "Thats why Sony are in so much finacial trouble"



    Really? Thats news to me.
  • sharpfish 8 years ago

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  • alexg 8 years ago

    Bunch of moaning cheap-skates...



    Seriously, what the hell did you expect?



    This is all good to me.



    Especially the 2006 release.
  • bigbadbeasty 8 years ago

    @JediMasterMalik



    Thats why Sony are in so much finacial trouble
  • Pike 8 years ago

    Nor are Sony or MS, yet they are selling their consoles at a huge loss. Why don't Ninty, at the very least, sell it at manufacturing costs?



    Because their console costs a lot less to make and they believe that people will buy the console at this price, regardless of the fact that their console is not as advanced as the competition.



    The market will show if they are correct or not when the Wii is released.
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  • RedPanda 8 years ago

    Fair price - games a bit cheaper than i thought, console a bit pricier but you pay for the hardware once so who cares eh? I'm happy.



    Released just after my birthday as well :D
  • nakke 8 years ago

    And the price is mostly "50 euros higher" because USA has little to none sales tax, when we in Europe have >15%.

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  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    @JediMasterMalik



    Because they have a different business plan? Sony and MS aren't selling at a loss for your benefit mate.
  • bigbadbeasty 8 years ago

    "Games very expensive"



    WTF?!



    Erm, how is that VERY expensive??
  • alexg 8 years ago

    Honestly...



    Gaming is an expensive hobby. And you're all quibbling over price.



    It is a good price.



    You can't underprice things or it devalues them in the eyes of the consumer.



    And a console is not an impulse buy ffs...
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    Amazon has gone live with deets. Oooo, MP3 out on Nov 24??
  • Darren 8 years ago

  • Moonprince 8 years ago

    Any idea when the red one will be available? Anyone..?
  • nakke 8 years ago

    HOORAY! I am so happy :D
  • AcidSnake 8 years ago

    Hmm...

    I bought the cube and rogue squadron for that price...

    I think it's right...



    The Europe section of the http://www.wii.com kicked into life moments ago
  • JediMasterMalik 8 years ago

    Are you joking - it's a new console with new technology - what do you expect?



    What new technology? The remote?





    Nintendo ain't a charity...



    Nor are Sony or MS, yet they are selling their consoles at a huge loss. Why don't Ninty, at the very least, sell it at manufacturing costs?
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

  • rinoaMW 8 years ago

    its a bargin price! same as the GC as i recall. Im off to see if i can pre-order one....
  • richardiox 8 years ago

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  • MENTAL1ST 8 years ago

    in fact, it's about the same since you won't need a memory card.
  • The12thMonkey 8 years ago

    Good date. Okay price. Colour me sold. Time to go place a pre-order, me thinks.
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    YESH! December 8th. Virgin, Amazon, HMV, here I come!

  • Durandle 8 years ago

    Once again, we be screwed on price. I really do fail to see *why* this must be so. Maybe simply *because they can*
  • bionutz 8 years ago

  • dynarama 8 years ago

    (Adopts Sid Waddell voice)



    One hunndreddd and eiggghtttt-yyyy.



    That's not really an impulse buy price - no wonder they'll be making a profit right from day one.
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    YESH! December 8th. Virgin, Amazon, HMV, here I come!

  • MENTAL1ST 8 years ago

  • Stormflood 8 years ago

    Cheaper than an iPod ;)
  • Carlo 8 years ago

    /pre-orders



    (Who am I kidding? I already pre-ordered it!)
  • JohnnyWashnGo 8 years ago

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  • Skeletor 8 years ago

    Once again, European customers = second class customers.

    249 Euros with Wii Sports...in one word: DISAPPONTING!
  • Scurrminator 8 years ago

    heh, europe gets f'ed in the a
  • alexg 8 years ago

    Yay. Not March
  • Hench 8 years ago

  • JediMasterMalik 8 years ago

    GBP 179



    OUCH!!
  • greatest_fish30 8 years ago

    eh
  • haowan 8 years ago

    Razz will be so happy.
  • AcidSnake 8 years ago

    Eurogamer's live update thingy won't open!



    Is it melting down?
  • richardiox 8 years ago

    Take it someone has already posted the Aus date is 7th Dec so I guess we are looking at something similar...will soon find out
  • bionutz 8 years ago

    I only see one entry is that ok?
  • Tejstar 8 years ago

    IGN link:



    http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/7
    32/73273...
  • Zomoniac 8 years ago

    Link to IGN's live feed
  • Erinan 8 years ago

    All they need now is a cooking and cleaning game and the list is complete! :)



    That's why Cooking Mama exists!
  • alexg 8 years ago

    In before all the whiny cheapskates start moaning about the price.



    Oh wait...



    And they haven't even announced it yet.



    Geez...
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    @Zomoniac



    Link, por favor.
  • JonFE 8 years ago

    ""Train your brain, learn English, walk a dog, etc. They want to "welcome women to gaming"".



    All they need now is a cooking and cleaning game and the list is complete! :)"



    Hmm, actually no, there's still something missing from that list, but I'm almost sure big N would not step in and fill that gap :)



    Edit: SEGA, on the other hand, could be on to something special with their Rub IP ;)
  • annewiddacombe 8 years ago

    THE UK SITE ERROR IS UPDATED!!!!!! WII AND EVERYTHING!
  • annewiddacombe 8 years ago

    THE UK SITE ERROR IS UPDATED!!!!!! WII AND EVERYTHING!
  • annewiddacombe 8 years ago

    THE UK NINTENDO SITE IS DOWN! I REPEAT THE UK NINTENDO SITE IS DOWN!
  • Zomoniac 8 years ago

    IGN Wii have a live text feed that actually works. Haven't had an update since the 10:55 one on Safari, so if anyone's having trouble here head to IGN.
  • smelly 8 years ago

    who's gabby logan?

  • zoidberg 8 years ago

    ATTACK OF THE DOUBLE POSTS!!!!
  • MrGrumpy.au 8 years ago

    Well, there are lots of women in Wii t-shirts.



    Woohoo!



    Oh...
  • Kostabi 8 years ago

    Train your brain, learn English, walk a dog, etc. They want to "welcome women to gaming".



    So at a UK press conference he's saying we can all learn English on the DS? Master stroke!
  • Thorbar 8 years ago

    Gabby Logan > Mystery TV Man.
  • souljah 8 years ago

    "Train your brain, learn English, walk a dog, etc. They want to "welcome women to gaming"".



    All they need now is a cooking and cleaning game and the list is complete! :)
  • jimmyboo 8 years ago

    @manic_mouse



    "However I honestly think that pricing the games the same as 1st party 360 games is sheer folly on Nintendos part. The production values are going to be worlds apart."



    cost of development != development values. Indeed, one could argue with some conviction that the two are inversely related.
  • Hench 8 years ago

    Nothing for the past 7 or so minutes :(



    Have they been booted?
  • kissthestick 8 years ago

    i say 179
  • Goffee 8 years ago

    Sod, got to nip out and buy Tekken PSP... back swoon
  • smelly 8 years ago

    Something tells me 1pm start.

  • Dr.Gash 8 years ago

    We're going to get bummed on price, I can feel it.
  • JohnnyWashnGo 8 years ago

    I want to know if they have any girls with wiis.

    If they have, can you take some photos?

    I have never seen a girl with a wii before !!!
  • munkee 8 years ago

    They might be better at Wii Tennis, than real tennis....



    OooooooooooooooooH, Saucer of milk to table 3
  • Sid-Nice 8 years ago

    Almost forgot: one of our spies who got here at about 10am claims that Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski were wandering around.



    Maybe the Wii can teach them to play tennis. :)
  • Darren 8 years ago

    EG - "Almost forgot: one of our spies who got here at about 10am claims that Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski were wandering around."



    No, doubt waiting to try out Wii Tennis! LOL
  • munkee 8 years ago

  • zoidberg 8 years ago

    damn the site is slow right now.
  • munkee 8 years ago

  • sopaman 8 years ago

    Who's the boss? Tom's the boss!! I say FIGHT THE AUTHORITY!!!!!!!!!!!!



    btw, all NoE sites are down...
  • manic_mouse 8 years ago

  • dr_faulk 8 years ago

    Carlos



    .... don't piss in me mouth.
  • Carlo 8 years ago

    Nintendo UK Website has been taken down...
  • munkee 8 years ago

  • msephton 8 years ago

    The live text update doesn't seem to work in my browser - Safari.
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  • smelly 8 years ago

    OI! YOU LOT! STOP PRESSING F5!



    It's slowing things down to a crawl! This is like being on dial up.

  • technofranki 8 years ago

    http://www.n-europe.com reports that Australia will get the Wii on December 7th.





    Check this link:



    http://www.n-europe.com/news.php
    ?nid=9573
  • urban 8 years ago

    better do what he says!
  • smelly 8 years ago

    Quote : Please switch off all electronic devices." "No."



    That was 10 mins ago, and no more updates - presume they were caught :-)

  • Erinan 8 years ago

    Go Tom ! :D



    12:42:54 We have been thrown out as we didn't want to switch off our laptop.
  • Carlo 8 years ago

    dr_faulk = Stop wasting bandwidth then and piss off :)
  • dr_faulk 8 years ago

  • The12thMonkey 8 years ago

    Tom Bramwell, Press Terrorist. FIGHT THE POWER!
  • Carlo 8 years ago

    DON'T YOU DARE TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRICAL DEVICE TOM!!!!! :D
  • Goffee 8 years ago

    At least Eurogamer is trying, most of the the other sites are just sitting on their butts waiting for the press release to come in
  • ChrisOTR 8 years ago

    I'm so excited waiting :D



    Wish they'd made it properly region-free though.
  • dr_faulk 8 years ago

    "Please switch off all electronic devices." "No."



    lolz
  • dr_faulk 8 years ago

  • Sid-Nice 8 years ago

    Asda Brussels Sprouts buy 1 get 1 free.
  • mazzl 8 years ago

    @13:30.01 - Nothing's happening...



    what! can't we just enjoy a comfortable silence together.

    you jabadabba trash talker you ;)



  • Kostabi 8 years ago

    They should just bar the doors and leave the stragglers outside.
  • Nobuo 8 years ago

    This server are sick.
  • manic_mouse 8 years ago

  • Sid-Nice 8 years ago

    The past few day's have been hell for me; even worse than when my wife was on a life-support-machine; somehow I knew that she'd pull through, but I'm not so sure about getting a Wii for Christmas don't let me down Nintendo. :)



    PS:this site can't handle all the interest.
  • Psi 8 years ago

    kanga can't read fast :p
  • absolutezero 8 years ago

    F5 F5 F5 F5



    Eurogamer dies.
  • Hench 8 years ago

    What is the point in giving a press conference at 12 if it does not start at 12 :(



    Seats should have filled up before 12 o'clock
  • Steroyd 8 years ago

    i'm scared to click refresh, the website she can't take it.
  • the_dudefather 8 years ago

    it would look a bit shit if the had a seperate news conference for europe, which basicaly said 'uhhh sorry guys, your waiting until march' then everyone left in silent rage.



    could happen tho.
  • urban 8 years ago

    i love eurogamer..sod all happening, so very british
  • JonFE 8 years ago

    We would tell you, but, then, we'd would have to kill you...
  • Steroyd 8 years ago

    comments section crushed under bandwidth
  • Psi 8 years ago

    damn think gabbly chat is killing the site lol, kanga get on there lol

    (sorry for the an hour comments the sites going weird on me)
  • Macross 8 years ago

    from the serenity movie theres some hacker geezer that exposes news that the government doesnt want to get out and his catch phrase is "cant stop the signal"
  • opalw00t 8 years ago

    Jesus Action Figure said: Where's W00t???



    What? What is it?
  • chemicalcaveman 8 years ago

    Man I can't see nintendo going with march, why throw away a christmas like that?
  • Nobuo 8 years ago

    So you can't navigate away from the "live" report without watching the whole thing again?



    EDIT: NVM, high web traffic.
  • chemicalcaveman 8 years ago

    Could Iwata be giving the press conference? If the uk head is sitting in the audience?
  • Discordian_Front 8 years ago

    Nintendo don't want recording devices , because they don't want live reporting of the riot when they say March.
  • Psi 8 years ago

    an hour :(
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    "Surely the Wii is highly unlikely to be released in the UK next March when Nintendo are hosting the conference from London? Remember Sony were absent from Leipzig and then they announced the delay of the PS3 in Europe..."



    And Colonel Mustard said he discovered the body of Dr Black at the bottom of the stairs, but was in the conservatory when he said he saw Miss Scarlet in the Library....



    o-o
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 8 years ago

    /has a Benny Hill vision of the EG staff running around the hall with their laptop being chased by a burly security types, Iwata, Miyamoto and Mario
  • TheSaint 8 years ago

    Does the ban on live report mean it is going to be bad news?



    Maybe they want to explain all the spin to people before they go out and write their reports.
  • Derblington 8 years ago

    Kaleii - isn't that just the crazy extra tax you pay?
  • DrDamn 8 years ago

  • Darren 8 years ago

    Surely the Wii is highly unlikely to be released in the UK next March when Nintendo are hosting the conference from London? Remember Sony were absent from Leipzig and then they announced the delay of the PS3 in Europe...
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    /ties Psi's thumbs together
  • Whizzo 8 years ago

    Nintendo's adamant about not using laptops, mobiles, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices, so we may get cut short. Didn't happen at E3, mind. Can't stop the signal.



    It's not even started and it's a farce.
  • psychokitten 8 years ago

    12:09.27



    Nice Serenity reference there, Tom :)
  • Psi 8 years ago

    an hour :(
  • gaselite 8 years ago

    I like these live text feeds, they're like events in themselves.



    I will laaaauuugh and laaaauuuuuuugh if it turns out to be March.
  • Borealis_UK 8 years ago

    noooo they might be cut off
  • Penguinzoot 8 years ago

    This is exciting isn't it? Wiiiiiiiiiiiii !
  • ecu 8 years ago

    Aww.. Iwata loves us.
  • Psi 8 years ago

    an hour :(
  • Psi 8 years ago

    an hour :(
  • 8 years ago

  • X201 8 years ago

    It's Tom.. he's covering for the fact that he's still in the pub.

  • covfan 8 years ago

    Technically drivers don't bring cars to motor races.
  • in5ane 8 years ago

    All these notices telling me not to refresh the page are making me want to even more :)
  • Borealis_UK 8 years ago

    Noooooooooooooooooo
  • Hench 8 years ago

    Does security understand the term "press conference"?



    I suppose not lol
  • Pac 8 years ago

    Come on update already.



    Otherwise I might have to do some work instead.
  • chupachups 8 years ago

    "We're in, but things aren't looking too sunny. Security are clamping down on reporting devices of all kind, so we may be shut down. Fingers crossed."



    That's a great move, stopping journalists from bringing reporting devices into press conferences. Maybe they should stop drivers from bringing cars to motor races?



    What on earth do they have to hide? Surely they would want what they say to be reported as widely as possible?
  • Nostromo13 8 years ago

    uh oh, sounds like we may have to wait a little while longer, if eurogamer can't report on it straight away.
  • kangarootoo 8 years ago

    Clamping down on reporting devices... at a press conference?! What are they playing at?



    /fingers crossed
  • Scurrminator 8 years ago

    lol, hide the latop!
  • yupyup 8 years ago

    No reporting devices, at a press conference.



    Ugh-oh.



    Don't your say fucking March Nintendo, don't you dare!!!!
  • krudster 8 years ago

    Bloody better not be March.



    /growls.
  • Jesus-Action-Figure 8 years ago

    Where's W00t???
  • getinthereson 8 years ago

    Does the automatic update system actually work?
  • nickthegun 8 years ago

    I predict that this press conference will be fun and innovative. Probably at the same time.
  • Whizzo 8 years ago

    Security are clamping down on reporting devices of all kind, so we may be shut down.



    Does security understand the term "press conference"?
  • Steroyd 8 years ago

    Finally... i'm not even planning to get a wii and i'm anxious :(



    Curse you Hype Curse you to hell!!
  • DrDamn 8 years ago

  • CallousB 8 years ago

  • theweaze 8 years ago

    REFRESH FTW
  • tim_love99 8 years ago

    I'm nervous too... to the live feed everyone!
  • eurisko2k 8 years ago

    not been this excited since england won the world cup (rugby that is)
  • Nobuo 8 years ago

    I can't believe I'm actually nervous...



    Damn hype.
  • The_Foo_Fighter 8 years ago

    Wiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
  • Darren 8 years ago

  • getinthereson 8 years ago

    hehe The Metro, that bastion of investigative journalism!
  • tim_love99 8 years ago

    Totally believe they printed it carlo, as u said though, utter ass!! Just pray for pre-Christmas...
  • Erinan 8 years ago

    Seriously, don't press the 'refresh button'!



    Doh, they spotted me >_>
  • theweaze 8 years ago

    Metro have just done a straight currency exchange of Yen to Pounds. Uk will be more thanks to VAT etc
  • djkix 8 years ago

    Metro are reporting on the Japanese release & the UK pound equivalent.
  • eurisko2k 8 years ago

    here wii go :-)
  • Carlo 8 years ago

    Tim... They really DID print that, it's utter arse IMO though.
  • TheDifficult3rdAlbum 8 years ago

  • decibel 8 years ago

  • DrDamn 8 years ago

    They have just converted the Japanese price.
  • Hench 8 years ago

    just wait lol

  • Scurrminator 8 years ago

    it says on the front live text feed, which means you'll have trouble as you obviously can't read
  • tim_love99 8 years ago

    I don't believe the metro!! no way 115...
  • Carlo 8 years ago

  • tim_love99 8 years ago

    180 is fine, as long as it is in december... so true about the cup final! I can't wait another 6 months...
  • AcidSnake 8 years ago

    It's almost as excrutiating as the world cup final!...
  • theweaze 8 years ago

  • tim_love99 8 years ago

    Or maybe we have got caught up in the hype of yesterday over nothing...
  • kaleii 8 years ago

    @Psi: :(
  • tim_love99 8 years ago

    I'm really starting to think it's march, i so badly want to be wrong.
  • eurisko2k 8 years ago

    all I want for xmas is my pal wii is my pal wii is my pal wii
  • Dirtbox 8 years ago

    Oh great, another.... Console :/
  • The12thMonkey 8 years ago

    Go Go Gadget Wii
  • blender 8 years ago

    I'm gonna write something insightful here one day
  • Psi 8 years ago

    no kaleii you'll have 300 pointless posts to traul through >:)
  • Eddz 8 years ago

    Here we go~
  • Tonka 8 years ago

    October ftw
  • kaleii 8 years ago

    Bah, I have to go out for some lunch now :(



    Ah well, at least I'll have all the info I need when I get back :)



    By the way: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, FIND OUT NON-EURO PRICES (GBP and Swedish Crowns mainly).

    It's terrible that they always miss that, and then use it as an opportunity to add on 100-200 SEK (7-14 quid). It happened with both the DS and the PSP, and it stinks.
  • Psi 8 years ago

    woot!
  • decibel 8 years ago

    woot!



    hopefully... no march date. PLEASE PLEASE DECEMBER YO :(

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11:55 By Robert Purchese

The waiting game starts. Hello to everybody, make yourselves comfortable. Remember that this page updates automatically, so there's no need to refresh. Enjoy the show - updates will start shortly.

12:03 By Robert Purchese

We're in, but things aren't looking too sunny. Security are clamping down on reporting devices of all kinds, so we may be shut down. Fingers crossed.

12:05 By Robert Purchese

After an hour of waiting around the halls of ExCel the press and trade are filing into the conference. Running time should be an hour.

12:07 By Robert Purchese

There's a podium and a lot of Wii logos up on stage, with a huge screen playing monochromatic videos of Wii software. Iwata's here apparently.

12:09 By Robert Purchese

Nintendo's adamant about not using laptops, mobiles, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices, so we may get cut short. Didn't happen at E3, mind. Can't stop the signal.

12:12 By Robert Purchese

There's still scores of people left to come in, so it may be a little while.

12:14 By Robert Purchese

Nintendo UK boss David Yanton's taking his place in the audience. Nintendo UK staff make up about a third of the row behind me.

12:21 By Robert Purchese

Still sod all happening. Lanyard commentary: elegant, simple, nice font, while the strap bears the "Wii Play Together" slogan. Decent clip mechanism. 7/10.

12:24 By Robert Purchese

I'd estimate about a third of the seats are still waiting to be filled. Give it time. /impatient

12:30 By Robert Purchese

Nothing's happening...

12:31 By Robert Purchese

It's filling up a bit now. Snore.

12:36 By Robert Purchese

Apparently it's going to start "in a few minutes". "Please take your seats," the PA asks hopefully.

12:36 By Robert Purchese

"Please switch off all electronic devices." "No."

12:42 By Robert Purchese

Fan request #1: "Totty commentary". Well, there are lots of women in Wii t-shirts. There is nothing yet to rival Germany's magnificent pink-dress DS creature.

12:46 By Robert Purchese

The last few stragglers are taking their seats. There's a danger it might actually start soon.

12:47 By Robert Purchese

Almost forgot: one of our spies who got here at about 10am claims that Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski were wandering around.

12:52 By Robert Purchese

Aaaaaaaaaany minute now.

12:52 By Robert Purchese

Aaaaaaaaaany minute now.

12:54 By Robert Purchese

Aaaaaaaaaany minute now.

Lights dim. Controller's up on screen.

12:55 By Robert Purchese

"Introducing Wii". Quotes flying up from various sources. Magazines, CEOs, old women. Video of people playing with it.

12:55 By Robert Purchese

I Don't Feel Like Dancing is playing. Gerhard Florin from EA has a quote up: apparently Wii is ace!

13:05 By Robert Purchese

So here's what it is: gamers, non-gamers, and gamers who gave up on gaming saying they like the Wii.

"Please welcome your hose for today... Gabby Logan."

Gabby isn't a gaming fan, but she's excited anyway. Laurent Fischer from Nintendo Europe comes on. "Can you really get me interested in gaming?" says Gab.

"How can you get me interested?" "Maybe you like sport.""I do." "Not everyone is playing games, because right now people see it as a narrow sort of activity."

Gaming landscape is changing, says Fishcer. Nintendo is creeping towards a 50/50 gender split. 44% are women. Best-selling title in last year sold to over-25s.

He's explaining the DS for the benefit of the mainstream press, I'm guessing. Did you know it has a touch screen? DID YOU?

Nintendo Europe President Satoru Shibata coming on to talk about DS.

"Thank you everybody for joining us today." He'd like to talk some more about DS before he talks about Wii, apparently.

Regardless of age. gender or past gaming experience, he reckons they can get people involved.

Touch generations software has helped get people interested, he says. Train your brain, learn English, walk a dog, etc. They want to "welcome women to gaming".

13:06 By Robert Purchese

So here's what it is: gamers, non-gamers, and gamers who gave up on gaming saying they like the Wii.

"Please welcome your hose for today... Gabby Logan."

Gabby isn't a gaming fan, but she's excited anyway. Laurent Fischer from Nintendo Europe comes on. "Can you really get me interested in gaming?" says Gab.

"How can you get me interested?" "Maybe you like sport.""I do." "Not everyone is playing games, because right now people see it as a narrow sort of activity."

Gaming landscape is changing, says Fishcer. Nintendo is creeping towards a 50/50 gender split. 44% are women. Best-selling title in last year sold to over-25s.

He's explaining the DS for the benefit of the mainstream press, I'm guessing. Did you know it has a touch screen? DID YOU?

Nintendo Europe President Satoru Shibata coming on to talk about DS.

"Thank you everybody for joining us today." He'd like to talk some more about DS before he talks about Wii, apparently.

Regardless of age. gender or past gaming experience, he reckons they can get people involved.

Touch generations software has helped get people interested, he says. Train your brain, learn English, walk a dog, etc. They want to "welcome women to gaming".

13:08 By Robert Purchese

Nintendogs: 4 million in Europe alone. 60, 000 sold a week even now. Responsible for the upsurge in women gamers on the DS he says.

Brain Training: half of the owners are over 26 years old, he says, which is very unusual.

In Japan, the series sold over 5 million copies since May 2005. In nine weeks it's sold 500k in Europe, which took 17 weeks in Japan, he says.

In Germany, Brain Training is on top of the charts two months after launch, he tells us. DS software has dominated European charts in July and August.

He's showing Nintendo's favourite graph: the one that shows sales spiking in later weeks, and not just big sales in the first week that tail off.

13:09 By Robert Purchese

Nintendogs: 4 million in Europe alone. 60, 000 sold a week even now. Responsible for the upsurge in women gamers on the DS he says.

Brain Training: half of the owners are over 26 years old, he says, which is very unusual.

In Japan, the series sold over 5 million copies since May 2005. In nine weeks it's sold 500k in Europe, which took 17 weeks in Japan, he says.

In Germany, Brain Training is on top of the charts two months after launch, he tells us. DS software has dominated European charts in July and August.

He's showing Nintendo's favourite graph: the one that shows sales spiking in later weeks, and not just big sales in the first week that tail off.

13:10 By Robert Purchese

"Our strategy is paying off."

Graph: DS sales account for 70% of handheld sales accross Europe.

More than 100k were consistently sold every week, he says. DS has now reached over 6 million people in Europe alone.

10 million sales predicted by the end of 2006. Says to look forward to Sudoku, English Training, Starfox, Yoshi Island 2, and Pokemon Dungeon.

13:12 By Robert Purchese

"In the very near future we'll be launching another console that will go even further in making games accessible and fun for everyone."

Gabby's back. Introducing Wii Sports' boxing game. Shibata's going to play against Iwata, who they say is actually in Japan.

A hologram of your player in front of you, jabbing with the Wii remote and Nunchuck.

13:14 By Robert Purchese

Aha! And Satoru Iwata's walked on behind him. "And this is what goes on when you think I'm away."

"I woke up many hours ago and many thousands of miles away, so I assure you I won't take any more time than necessary to share my thoughts."

13:14 By Robert Purchese

He's talking about the very-old days of working out what to do after the NES. The same questions have continued ever since, he says.

He says we've been focused on tech up to now. I think I've typed him saying that at about 15 different conferences now.

13:15 By Robert Purchese

He points to four significant moments of introducing products that changed things. 1) DS. 2) Touch! Generations games.

13:16 By Robert Purchese

He loves him some Touch! Generations. Because they're not just escapism. Right. 3) Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

13:17 By Robert Purchese

He loves him some Touch! Generations. Because they're not just escapism. Right. 3) Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

13:19 By Robert Purchese

4) Most dramatic: the hands-on with the Wii control in LA at E3 2006. "For us, that was a huge week."

Each moment represents a bridge to the majority of people who don't play games, he says. Today introduces a fifth step.

13:21 By Robert Purchese

4) Most dramatic: the hands-on with the Wii control in LA at E3 2006. "For us, that was a huge week."

Each moment represents a bridge to the majority of people who don't play games, he says. Today introduces a fifth step.

13:21 By Robert Purchese

Just not immediately. Now he's talking about DS again and how accesible portables are. The Wii is analogous, he thinks.

"It was necessary to frame the appeal not just in terms of games, but in terms of the television and internet." That led to the 5th milestone: Wii channels.

Wii menu page contains four pages, each with 12 channel screens. Acces Cube/Wii software discs. Onboard photo software. Goal to provide simple editing.

Another channel "became a must after its reception in LA". The character creation stuff.

Same sort of stuff you can watch on Eurogamer TV - the caricature software "Mii".

13:23 By Robert Purchese

Just not immediately. Now he's talking about DS again and how accesible portables are. The Wii is analogous, he thinks.

"It was necessary to frame the appeal not just in terms of games, but in terms of the television and internet." That led to the 5th milestone: Wii channels.

Wii menu page contains four pages, each with 12 channel screens. Acces Cube/Wii software discs. Onboard photo software. Goal to provide simple editing.

Another channel "became a must after its reception in LA". The character creation stuff.

Same sort of stuff you can watch on Eurogamer TV - the caricature software "Mii".

13:31 By Robert Purchese

Calendar, househould bulletin board and family message centre for organising family scheduling, he says. Leave post-its for your friends and family. Or Tom Nook.

Online access to international weather forecasts. Constantly updated worldwide headlines, too. Plus seperate net channels powered by Opera.

Virtual Console. Mario World, Zelda Link to the Past, Mario 64 flash up. 15 in launch period in Europe. With 5-10 titles a month.

Donkey Kong shows up too. Now we're on WiiConnect24 - offering Nintendo news or "other features", "even while you sleep".

He points out that you can do this without Wii, but argues not everyone has the same advantage. For many it'll be the first time they're comfortable doing it.

Channels will be good for people who aren't as technically able, baisically.

With Touch! Generations software coming to Wii, Iwata believes everyone in the family will give Wii a go. And now he's off. Gabby's back.

Wii Sports tennis now. And it's Tim Henman and Greg Rusedksi. She's not pointing out they're here yet. BUT WE KNOW THEY ARE.

And the curtains have gone infront of the stage for some reason. Aha. Big reveal: Tim and Greg playing real tennis on a court behind the stage.

Shibata's back, and he's going to challenge them both to Wii tennis.

13:32 By Robert Purchese

They're in their tennis whites and everything. Gabby's commentating. Greg's really getting into it, but they're 30-0 down.

Henman misses one on the baseline. And Greg gets one back. Oh but Henman's hit it out. Game.

Second game. Tim's beaten down. He's arguing the line call.

15-15. "We move quicker in this game than real life," says Greg.

13:33 By Robert Purchese

30-30. Tim's serving. Decent rally this time, and Greg wins it. Game point. "Nintendo's gone mad," my friend says.

13:34 By Robert Purchese

30-30. Tim's serving. Decent rally this time, and Greg wins it. Game point. "Nintendo's gone mad," my friend says.

13:42 By Robert Purchese

Advantage to Greg/Tim. Big rally. And the pros have it. "Do you want to see another game?" asks Gabby. YES.

30-0. "We're dominating" says Tim. Before missing a service return. And a few laughs and balls in the crowd later, the pros lose.

Laurent Fischer's back. Wii launch Europe details coming now, he says.

Launch titles: Wii Sports, Wii Play (the mini-games package with bundled Wii remote). Zelda...

13:42 By Robert Purchese

WarioWare: Smooth Moves (just after launch).

Third-party: around 15-20 games from launch. Red Steel. Rayman. Need for Speed Carbon. Tony Hawk. Super Monkey Ball.

Date: 2006.

December 8th 2006.

EUR 249 / GBP 179

Bundles is white console, one Wii remote, one Nunchuck, Wii Sports.

Between 49 and 59 Euros for software. 34 for 39 pounds.

13:47 By Robert Purchese

The enormous Wii software trailer reel shown on Nintendo's website is now playing, showing off many titles including Resi Evil, Zelda and countless others.

13:48 By Robert Purchese

Iwata's back. He's inviting us to stand up and enter the demo area behind the stage. So that's it folks!