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HolidayBuyer's Guide
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shows off the Wii's menu system and the channels users navigate to communicate, browse the Web, and play their favorite games.
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Nintendo's Perrin Kaplan started the show, warming up the crowd before Reggie took the stage.
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The Wii's U.S. release date is now officially November 19, just about the time the PlayStation 3 is supposed to hit stores.
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The Wii will have a suggested retail price of $250. This package includes the Wii, a Wiimote with nunchuck, and a copy of Wii Sports. This is the first time a game has shipped with a Nintendo console since the Super Nintendo.
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Reggie also talked about the Nintendo DS and how it's affecting the portable game market. According to the graph, it's doing quite well.
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After Reggie's presentation, a Nintendo PR rep demonstrated the bowling game mode in Wii Sports.
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After the big Wii show, visitors were invited to try the new system for themselves. This is a lonely row of Wii kiosks, just before getting swarmed by game-hungry journalists.
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The Wii itself, almost close enough to touch. With only 4 million units shipping worldwide by the holiday season, you might want to reserve yours soon.
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With only 480p resolution and no HDMI, the Wii's backside looks a bit sparse. Fortunately, the two USB ports offer the potential for future expansion.
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The Wii's Mii creation tool lets users create their own digital avatars for use within certain games on the console.
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Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will hit stores when the Wii itself does. Link's latest adventure is one of the Wii's biggest selling points.
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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is another of the Wii's big titles. Unfortunately, it won't be released until sometime in 2007.
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The Nintendo DS's surprisingly infectious Brain Age will see a Wii version, with numerous Wiimote-based puzzles.
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Though the Wii version of Madden '07 will lack the pumped-up graphics of the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions, the Wiimote control scheme will add an interesting aspect to the game.
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