Los Angeles – Nintendo would not disclose the exact price and ship date for its Wii next-generation console, introduced at the E3 show, but it did narrow the launch window down to the fourth quarter.
Instead of offering marketing details, the company highlighted Wii’s new controller, which also will be made available for the current generation GameCube system.
The remote-control styled device will feature an Internal sensor that allows onscreen action to relate to movement made with the controller, so players can wield it like a sword, swing it like a golf club or aim it like a handgun. The wireless controller will feature tactile feedback via an internal rumble pad so that it will also respond accordingly to the game play.
Connectivity is also a key for the Wii system. It can remain connected online 24-hours a day, even when in a standby mode, using the same amount of power as a miniature light bulb. During this downtime the system will remain connected to receive game updates and information from developers.
At E3, Nintendo announced that about 27 titles would be available at launch, including an action-based game called RedSteel from third-party developer Ubisoft, as well as an updated Sonic The Hedgehog from SEGA, Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam from Activision and Madden NFL 07 from EA Sports.