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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11:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:14

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

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

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

12:30

Nothing's happening...

12:31

It's filling up a bit now. Snore.

12:36

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

12:36

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

12:42

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

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

12:47

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

12:52

Aaaaaaaaaany minute now.

12:52

Aaaaaaaaaany minute now.

12:54

Aaaaaaaaaany minute now.

Lights dim. Controller's up on screen.

12:55

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

12:55

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

13:05

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

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

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

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

"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

"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

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

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

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

13:16

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

13:17

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

13:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:34

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

13:42

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

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

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

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

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    Jimmymd2 12 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 12 years ago
    pjmaybe 12 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! 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    smoison 12 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 12 years ago
    varsas 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
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    varsas 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
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    Thorbar 12 years ago
    I hope they got plenty of photos of Gabby.
    G-UNIT 12 years ago
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    KraftWerk 12 years ago
    @G-UNIT

    "I want an X-Box 360."
    See what I mean? Nonsensical names for the win.
    varsas 12 years ago
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    G-UNIT 12 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 12 years ago
    GiarcYekrub 12 years ago
    Anyone know if we'll get some questions answered today?
    TheSaint 12 years ago
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    avtar 12 years ago
    @Sid

    They said in yesterday (US) conference that you have to pay extra for the Opera browser.
    jimmyboo 12 years ago
    KraftWerk 12 years ago
    I didn't import. :p
    manic_mouse 12 years ago
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    nakke 12 years ago
    @AcidSnake: well, who wouldn't hope that :D
    mingster 12 years ago
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    varsas 12 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 12 years ago
    Bertie 12 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 12 years ago
    varsas 12 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 12 years ago
    @nakke

    "VAT, I tell you, VAT."

    Hehe, you can take over from me with the SLAPs too if you want :)
    jimmyboo 12 years ago
    @manic_mouse

    you thought wrong.
    alexg 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
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    kangarootoo 12 years ago
    @PS3lol

    SLAP!!!
    faselei 12 years ago
    Oh ffs sake. Whay too expansive. Screw the next gen for at least 6 months after launch methinks.
    nakke 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    So where the hell do we order one from?
    CallousB 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    AcidSnake 12 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 12 years ago
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    Goffee 12 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 12 years ago
    The_Programmer 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    Also, the 1st party 360 games are generally 50GBP, which is 10GBP more than 40GBP for the mathematically challenged.
    varsas 12 years ago
    monochrome_blue 12 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 12 years ago
    JediMasterMalik 12 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 12 years ago
    jimmyboo 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
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    kangarootoo 12 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 12 years ago
    Lawlost 12 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 12 years ago
    varsas 12 years ago
    Razzajazz 12 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 12 years ago
    groovychainsaw 12 years ago
    trench 12 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 12 years ago
    @kangarootoo

    LOL, I hope your joking. I recommend paying attention in class!
    smelly 12 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 12 years ago
    So When is Zelda GC coming out?
    Nobuo 12 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 12 years ago
    Oops, apologies for the multiple posts... seems like EG is having a brain fart.
    varsas 12 years ago
    kangarootoo 12 years ago
    "Thats why Sony are in so much finacial trouble"

    Really? Thats news to me.
    sharpfish 12 years ago
    manic_mouse 12 years ago
    alexg 12 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 12 years ago
    @JediMasterMalik

    Thats why Sony are in so much finacial trouble
    Pike 12 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.
    Aretak 12 years ago
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    RedPanda 12 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 12 years ago
    And the price is mostly "50 euros higher" because USA has little to none sales tax, when we in Europe have >15%.
    jimbob101 12 years ago
    kangarootoo 12 years ago
    @JediMasterMalik

    Because they have a different business plan? Sony and MS aren't selling at a loss for your benefit mate.
    bigbadbeasty 12 years ago
    "Games very expensive"

    WTF?!

    Erm, how is that VERY expensive??
    alexg 12 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 12 years ago
    Amazon has gone live with deets. Oooo, MP3 out on Nov 24??
    Darren 12 years ago
    Moonprince 12 years ago
    Any idea when the red one will be available? Anyone..?
    nakke 12 years ago
    HOORAY! I am so happy :D
    AcidSnake 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    rinoaMW 12 years ago
    its a bargin price! same as the GC as i recall. Im off to see if i can pre-order one....
    richardiox 12 years ago
    varsas 12 years ago
    MENTAL1ST 12 years ago
    in fact, it's about the same since you won't need a memory card.
    The12thMonkey 12 years ago
    Good date. Okay price. Colour me sold. Time to go place a pre-order, me thinks.
    jimmyboo 12 years ago
    YESH! December 8th. Virgin, Amazon, HMV, here I come!
    Durandle 12 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 12 years ago
    dynarama 12 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 12 years ago
    YESH! December 8th. Virgin, Amazon, HMV, here I come!
    MENTAL1ST 12 years ago
    Stormflood 12 years ago
    Cheaper than an iPod ;)
    Carlo 12 years ago
    /pre-orders

    (Who am I kidding? I already pre-ordered it!)
    JohnnyWashnGo 12 years ago
    IP 12 years ago
    alexg 12 years ago
    Skeletor 12 years ago
    Once again, European customers = second class customers.
    249 Euros with Wii Sports...in one word: DISAPPONTING!
    Scurrminator 12 years ago
    heh, europe gets f'ed in the a
    alexg 12 years ago
    Yay. Not March
    Hench 12 years ago
    JediMasterMalik 12 years ago
    GBP 179

    OUCH!!
    greatest_fish30 12 years ago
    eh
    haowan 12 years ago
    Razz will be so happy.
    AcidSnake 12 years ago
    Eurogamer's live update thingy won't open!

    Is it melting down?
    richardiox 12 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 12 years ago
    I only see one entry is that ok?
    Zomoniac 12 years ago
    Link to IGN's live feed
    Erinan 12 years ago
    All they need now is a cooking and cleaning game and the list is complete! :)

    That's why Cooking Mama exists!
    alexg 12 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 12 years ago
    @Zomoniac

    Link, por favor.
    JonFE 12 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 12 years ago
    THE UK SITE ERROR IS UPDATED!!!!!! WII AND EVERYTHING!
    annewiddacombe 12 years ago
    THE UK SITE ERROR IS UPDATED!!!!!! WII AND EVERYTHING!
    annewiddacombe 12 years ago
    THE UK NINTENDO SITE IS DOWN! I REPEAT THE UK NINTENDO SITE IS DOWN!
    Zomoniac 12 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 12 years ago
    who's gabby logan?
    zoidberg 12 years ago
    ATTACK OF THE DOUBLE POSTS!!!!
    MrGrumpy.au 12 years ago
    Well, there are lots of women in Wii t-shirts.

    Woohoo!

    Oh...
    Kostabi 12 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 12 years ago
    Gabby Logan > Mystery TV Man.
    souljah 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    Nothing for the past 7 or so minutes :(

    Have they been booted?
    kissthestick 12 years ago
    i say 179
    Goffee 12 years ago
    Sod, got to nip out and buy Tekken PSP... back swoon
    smelly 12 years ago
    Something tells me 1pm start.
    Dr.Gash 12 years ago
    We're going to get bummed on price, I can feel it.
    JohnnyWashnGo 12 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 12 years ago
    They might be better at Wii Tennis, than real tennis....

    OooooooooooooooooH, Saucer of milk to table 3
    Sid-Nice 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    zoidberg 12 years ago
    damn the site is slow right now.
    munkee 12 years ago
    sopaman 12 years ago
    Who's the boss? Tom's the boss!! I say FIGHT THE AUTHORITY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    btw, all NoE sites are down...
    manic_mouse 12 years ago
    dr_faulk 12 years ago
    Carlos

    .... don't piss in me mouth.
    Carlo 12 years ago
    Nintendo UK Website has been taken down...
    munkee 12 years ago
    msephton 12 years ago
    The live text update doesn't seem to work in my browser - Safari.
    acebigg 12 years ago
    smelly 12 years ago
    OI! YOU LOT! STOP PRESSING F5!

    It's slowing things down to a crawl! This is like being on dial up.
    technofranki 12 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 12 years ago
    better do what he says!
    smelly 12 years ago
    Quote : Please switch off all electronic devices." "No."

    That was 10 mins ago, and no more updates - presume they were caught :-)
    Erinan 12 years ago
    Go Tom ! :D

    12:42:54 We have been thrown out as we didn't want to switch off our laptop.
    Carlo 12 years ago
    dr_faulk = Stop wasting bandwidth then and piss off :)
    dr_faulk 12 years ago
    The12thMonkey 12 years ago
    Tom Bramwell, Press Terrorist. FIGHT THE POWER!
    Carlo 12 years ago
    DON'T YOU DARE TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRICAL DEVICE TOM!!!!! :D
    Goffee 12 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 12 years ago
    I'm so excited waiting :D

    Wish they'd made it properly region-free though.
    dr_faulk 12 years ago
    "Please switch off all electronic devices." "No."

    lolz
    dr_faulk 12 years ago
    Sid-Nice 12 years ago
    Asda Brussels Sprouts buy 1 get 1 free.
    mazzl 12 years ago
    @13:30.01 - Nothing's happening...

    what! can't we just enjoy a comfortable silence together.
    you jabadabba trash talker you ;)
    Kostabi 12 years ago
    They should just bar the doors and leave the stragglers outside.
    Nobuo 12 years ago
    This server are sick.
    manic_mouse 12 years ago
    Sid-Nice 12 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 12 years ago
    kanga can't read fast :p
    absolutezero 12 years ago
    F5 F5 F5 F5

    Eurogamer dies.
    Hench 12 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 12 years ago
    i'm scared to click refresh, the website she can't take it.
    the_dudefather 12 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 12 years ago
    i love eurogamer..sod all happening, so very british
    JonFE 12 years ago
    We would tell you, but, then, we'd would have to kill you...
    Steroyd 12 years ago
    comments section crushed under bandwidth
    Psi 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    Jesus Action Figure said: Where's W00t???

    What? What is it?
    chemicalcaveman 12 years ago
    Man I can't see nintendo going with march, why throw away a christmas like that?
    Nobuo 12 years ago
    So you can't navigate away from the "live" report without watching the whole thing again?

    EDIT: NVM, high web traffic.
    chemicalcaveman 12 years ago
    Could Iwata be giving the press conference? If the uk head is sitting in the audience?
    Discordian_Front 12 years ago
    Nintendo don't want recording devices , because they don't want live reporting of the riot when they say March.
    Psi 12 years ago
    an hour :(
    kangarootoo 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    Kaleii - isn't that just the crazy extra tax you pay?
    DrDamn 12 years ago
    Darren 12 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 12 years ago
    /ties Psi's thumbs together
    Whizzo 12 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 12 years ago
    12:09.27

    Nice Serenity reference there, Tom :)
    Psi 12 years ago
    an hour :(
    gaselite 12 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 12 years ago
    noooo they might be cut off
    Penguinzoot 12 years ago
    This is exciting isn't it? Wiiiiiiiiiiiii !
    Psi 12 years ago
    an hour :(
    12 years ago
    Psi 12 years ago
    an hour :(
    X201 12 years ago
    It's Tom.. he's covering for the fact that he's still in the pub.
    covfan 12 years ago
    Technically drivers don't bring cars to motor races.
    in5ane 12 years ago
    All these notices telling me not to refresh the page are making me want to even more :)
    Borealis_UK 12 years ago
    Noooooooooooooooooo
    Hench 12 years ago
    Does security understand the term "press conference"?

    I suppose not lol
    Pac 12 years ago
    Come on update already.

    Otherwise I might have to do some work instead.
    chupachups 12 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 12 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 12 years ago
    Clamping down on reporting devices... at a press conference?! What are they playing at?

    /fingers crossed
    Scurrminator 12 years ago
    lol, hide the latop!
    yupyup 12 years ago
    No reporting devices, at a press conference.

    Ugh-oh.

    Don't your say fucking March Nintendo, don't you dare!!!!
    krudster 12 years ago
    Bloody better not be March.

    /growls.
    Jesus-Action-Figure 12 years ago
    Where's W00t???
    getinthereson 12 years ago
    Does the automatic update system actually work?
    nickthegun 12 years ago
    I predict that this press conference will be fun and innovative. Probably at the same time.
    Whizzo 12 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 12 years ago
    Finally... i'm not even planning to get a wii and i'm anxious :(

    Curse you Hype Curse you to hell!!
    DrDamn 12 years ago
    CallousB 12 years ago
    theweaze 12 years ago
    REFRESH FTW
    tim_love99 12 years ago
    I'm nervous too... to the live feed everyone!
    eurisko2k 12 years ago
    not been this excited since england won the world cup (rugby that is)
    Nobuo 12 years ago
    I can't believe I'm actually nervous...

    Damn hype.
    The_Foo_Fighter 12 years ago
    Wiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
    Darren 12 years ago
    getinthereson 12 years ago
    hehe The Metro, that bastion of investigative journalism!
    tim_love99 12 years ago
    Totally believe they printed it carlo, as u said though, utter ass!! Just pray for pre-Christmas...
    Erinan 12 years ago
    Seriously, don't press the 'refresh button'!

    Doh, they spotted me >_>
    theweaze 12 years ago
    Metro have just done a straight currency exchange of Yen to Pounds. Uk will be more thanks to VAT etc
    djkix 12 years ago
    Metro are reporting on the Japanese release & the UK pound equivalent.
    eurisko2k 12 years ago
    here wii go :-)
    Carlo 12 years ago
    Tim... They really DID print that, it's utter arse IMO though.
    TheDifficult3rdAlbum 12 years ago
    decibel 12 years ago
    DrDamn 12 years ago
    They have just converted the Japanese price.
    Hench 12 years ago
    just wait lol
    Scurrminator 12 years ago
    it says on the front live text feed, which means you'll have trouble as you obviously can't read
    tim_love99 12 years ago
    I don't believe the metro!! no way 115...
    Carlo 12 years ago
    tim_love99 12 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 12 years ago
    It's almost as excrutiating as the world cup final!...
    theweaze 12 years ago
    tim_love99 12 years ago
    Or maybe we have got caught up in the hype of yesterday over nothing...
    kaleii 12 years ago
    @Psi: :(
    tim_love99 12 years ago
    I'm really starting to think it's march, i so badly want to be wrong.
    eurisko2k 12 years ago
    all I want for xmas is my pal wii is my pal wii is my pal wii
    Dirtbox 12 years ago
    Oh great, another.... Console :/
    The12thMonkey 12 years ago
    Go Go Gadget Wii
    blender 12 years ago
    I'm gonna write something insightful here one day
    Psi 12 years ago
    no kaleii you'll have 300 pointless posts to traul through >:)
    Eddz 12 years ago
    Here we go~
    Tonka 12 years ago
    October ftw
    kaleii 12 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 12 years ago
    woot!
    decibel 12 years ago
    woot!

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