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May 25, 2006 at 12:01 PM

Nintendo announces Wii pricing, shipment details

Redmond-based Nintendo of America said the price of its upcoming next-generation system, called the Wii, will not “exceed” $250 in America. What’s up with the vague wording here? If it’s going to cost $250, just say it. Perhaps the company hasn’t finalized its pricing yet.

Still no specific launch date, either. But Nintendo did say it plans to ship 6 million Wiis to stores worldwide between its launch in the fourth quarter of this year and the end of March 31, 2007. The company expects to sell 17 million Wii games during that period.

The ambitious shipment plans nearly mirror Sony’s, which is launching its PlayStation 3 on Nov. 17 and said it expects to ship 6 million between then and the end of March. The PS3 will cost $600, or $500 for fewer bells and whistles.

Microsoft, by the way, launched its Xbox 360 console on Nov. 22, 2005, and said it expects to sell between 4.5 million and 5.5 million units by the end of next month.

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