Nintendo, the Japanese electronics firm, on Thursday announced that it has selected Toys “R” Us and GameStop to host U.S. Wii release events, and the two companies plan to hold gatherings in New York City and Los Angeles on Nov. 19 to celebrate the next-generation gaming console’s debut, Reuters reports via MSN Money.
Both retailers have already begun taking pre-orders for Wii (pronounced “Wee”) to enable their customers to secure a system, according to Reuters, and both have run through their supply set aside for early sales.
Wii is set to launch on Nov. 19, just two days after Sony releases its much-anticipated PlayStation 3 game console, and the two electronics giants will then go head to head with Microsoft and its Xbox 360 system—which was released about a year ago—in a battle for supremacy in the next-gen console space. Both Nintendo and Sony will likely face similar supply issues that Microsoft and the Xbox 360 saw last year during the busy holiday season due to strong demand.
One of Wii’s most interesting—and hyped up—features is the Wii Remote, a motion-sensitive controller that simulates sword swinging and golfing, among other options.
Nintendo will offer Wii in the United States for about $250, and it will hit Japanese retailers a few weeks later. Sony’s PlayStation 3 will sell for $500 for the low-end version and $600 for the high-end model, and both will feature Blu-ray disc drives. The base Xbox 360 model offered by Microsoft goes for roughly $300, and the company recently announced that it would offer an HD-DVD add-on drive for about $170.
Toys “R” Us will hold its midnight Wii launch event at its flagship locale in New York City’s Times Square, and GameStop will host its event at its Los Angeles Universal CityWalk store, according to Reuters. Both events will feature live entertainment and a countdown to the moment when Wii is officially available, Reuters reports.
In related news, Nintendo on Tuesday said it will offer Wii users 62 games—32 of which will be new titles—before the end of the year.
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