Seems like Nintendo does pay attention to what gaming sites have to say about them, or at least they pay attention to CNN. It is almost too convenient that Nintendo makes a statement one day after rumors surface stating the Wii could launch as early as September. A few weeks back we heard that Nintendo plans to announce the Wii launch date/price by September, but a clarification has come from Nintendo.
“There’s no change in our plan to release the console in the last quarter of this year. We are planning an announcement in September and it may be causing some confusion.” - Yasuhiro Minagawa, spokesperson for Nintendo Co. Ltd.
While the statement doesn’t completely debunk a rumored launch in September, it makes it a very tight squeeze. The October release date is starting to look more and more likely, hopefully a mid to late launch. Then again, we can always go with the old standby of November! Still, some stick by the rumors, as we saw in yesterday’s report.
“Our position remains that the Wii could retail as low as $199 instead of $249, and October is a reasonable timeframe.” McNealy, American Technology Research analyst