Well the NY times is the first to reveal the details onf the Wii. The JPN conference is done and can be seen here (famitsu link) w/ the US one starting later today in NY for OFFICIAL details. Here's the news from IGN:
"The Big N is set to officially announce that the system will hit retail in North and South America for $250 on November 19.
Nintendo's Wii console will come packaged with one Wii remote, one nunchuck attachment, an AC adapter, an audio/video cable, a sensor bar, sensor bard stand, a Wii console stand and two batteries. The US package will also come bundled with a copy of Wii Sports, a compilation sports game that best shows off the mechanics of the system's unique controller. Wii Sports features tennis, baseball, golf and previously unannounced bowling and boxing games.
Nintendo said it would provide Wii owners with more than 25 unique games this year.
Wii's much talked-about Virtual Console download service, which enables gamers to purchase classic games, will offer a library of some 30 titles when the system launches. Titles will include entries from the Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong franchises, Nintendo said. Virtual Console games will cost between $5 and $10 each. Specifically, Nintendo Co. Ltd. announced that Virtual Console games would cost 500 yen ($5), 800 yen ($8) or 1,000 yen ($10); we're presuming these prices are for NES, SNES and N64 games respectively.
The Big N confirmed that it would charge $50 for its new Wii games. No set prices for 3rd party as they're free to set their own.
Nintendo Co. Ltd. revealed that Wii's various controllers would be available to buy separately at launch. The Wii remote will cost 3800 yen or about $40; the nunchuck 1800 yen or about $20 and the classic controller 1800 yen or about $20.
Nintendo said it plans to ship 4 million Wii units worldwide by the end of the year.
Nintendo will launch Wii in Japan on December 2 of this year for 25,000 yen, it revealed. North America will get the system first."
This is sounding MEGA SWEET as i was gonna get Wii sports, but now it comes packaged!! Oh well, i can spend my 55 bucks (though i know those bastards will put it at 59.99) on another game ^^. The JPN official site is now officially open and the presentation details can be read (in JPN) here and the movie seen here. Jeux France likes to reveal some related news as well w/ scans of Biohazard Umbrella Chronicles (Famitsu has slightly better but smaller shots). In unrelated news though, is the announcement of Atelier Iris for the DS (i'm interested only cuz the music was FAB on the PS2 games, mostly doubting DS will have the capabilites of pulling off the awesome vocals of the big brother games) as well as scans of Heroes of Mana. Anyways u can check out most of the Wii news from my usual source Ruliweb on the first couple of pages or Joystiq and of course, U can also check out famitsu's page for the info i've given and many games like Necro-nesia.
I noticed that i've been resorting back to my gaming posting style sometimes, which i can't help since i check thousands of gaming websites daily and get a lot of game news around the world before ppl. anyways, i'll try to tone it down as i mainly want it to be a 'pic-sort-of blog'. I've also been playing a lot of new games on rotation (some real some fake :P), like the new Kenshin PS2 game, God Hand, Lego Star Wars II, Dirge of Cerberus (playing it thru the improved English, though i sorta miss the Jap voice), Metal Slug 6, Xenosaga III and a LOT of NHL 07 w/ my friends on my roommate's 360. Can't wait to for him to get NBA Live 07 as i'm an avid basketball game player just like hockey as i use to play both sports in a league. I'll still play both (as well as a few other sports) regularly as an otaku has got to keep in shape ^^.
some game news i'll share is the usual famitsu reviews:
Chaos Wars (PS2, Idea Factory): 7 / 7 / 6 / 6 - (26/40) - i was actually expecting something low like this
Rugby 06 (PS2, EA): 7 / 5 / 7 / 6 - (25/40)
NHL 06 (PS2, EA): 7 / 5 / 7 / 6 - (25/40)
Ryu-Koku (PS2, Kid): 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 - (28/40)
Harukanaru Jikuu no Uchi de Mai Ichi Yoru (PS2, Koei): 7 / 8 / 7 / 7 - (29/40) Commandos Strike Force (PS2, Spike): 7 / 7 / 6 / 6 - (26/40)
Kamisama Kazoku: Ouen Ganbou (PS2, Dorart): 6 / 7 / 6 / 6 - (25/40)
Metal Gear Solid: Bande Dessinee [MGS: Digital Graphic Novel] (PSP, Konami): 8 / 7 / 7 / 8 - (30/40)
Bounty Hounds (PSP, Bandai Namco): 8 / 7 / 6 / 8 - (29/40)
Gintama DS: Yorozuya Daisoudou (NDS, Bandai Namco): 5 / 5 / 5 / 7 - (22/40) Yuu Yuu Hakusho DS: Ankoku Bujutsukai Hen (NDS, Takara Tomy): 4 / 4 / 4 / 6 - (18/40)
Jeux France posts a few Jump Ultimate Stars Scans
Some My-ZHiME/Mai/My-Kinoto HiME PS2 scans from 2chan, reported by psmania from Ruliweb, since it's from 2ch, you may not see the scans as 2ch users update constantly, thus i can upload if you missed. I've also officially preordered my copy of the LE yesterday.
The other big news of the day is the aforementioned KH II Final Mix and FFXII rumours that i talked about. KH2FM will be for PS2 and is essentially a KHFM (english plus added bonus like modes and prolly characters, scenarios and maybe an extended secret ending ala deep dive). FFXII Revenant Wings is for the DS and could possibly be a "FFX-2". There's also another SE game for the DS entitled Subarashiki Kono Sekai - It's a Wonderful World w/ Nomura and Gen Kobayashi designs (looking very very good). Here's the full spread scan which Jeux-France stole and seperated in 3 pieces (jerks :P).
and why the Tony art?
juss cuz i'm in the mood, like almost always :D, gotta sleep now, classes in morning, can't be late, gf be mad....
edit 9:02 PM EST: Read all the news about the NY conference, mostly the same, though it's great to have official confirmation about the Wii being released earlier; packaged w/ Wii sports and most importantly REGION FREE. Anyways, the purpose of this edit is some news revolving around arcades and fighting games. As my city is lucky enough to still have arcades (and going strong) and the fact that i'm the gaming news guru + huge fighting game fan , i'd like to inform those who may be interested in the following. The offical announcement of King of Fighters XII, Samurai Spirits Sen and King of Fighters Maximum Impact Regulation A (which so far, has announced Ash Crimson as a new playable character posing in his usual GAY style) have been confirmed. These SNK games are running on Taito's Type-X2 board. As i mentioned some months ago that i've been casually playing and practicing Hokuto no Ken in the arcades, well I'd like to announce that the game has FINALLY been confirmed for the PS2 and will come out in March 2007. Go to arcade game site Neo-Arcadia (unfortunately, it's in French, which i have no problems in since i'm trilingual and thus, why jeux-france has been my source for years) for all the pics of AMOA show for all the sweet pics of arcade games like Initial D Arcade stage v.4, Cave's Mushihime 2, Dimp's YuYu Hakusho and vids of the SNK games i mentioned (they're short and not that intersting really). I'm out for the weekend as i got games (consoles and arcade) to play, as well as 'ppl' i need to give my attention too ;).
Naruto Shinobi Retsuden (a 3D Fighter) for Nintendo DS!! Expect a Naruto Wii game soon ;)