Wii to launch below $200 with Opera browser?
Nintendo has yet to announce a price or launch date for its upcoming Wii
console, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from grinding all week.
On Monday, Joystiq reported the console might sell for $249, and yesterday, Nintendo's own VP
of Sales and Marketing Reggie Fills-Aime declared Wii would
fun for less money." This remark was taken as a hint that the console would
launch somewhere below the PlayStation 3's recently disclosed $499 priceand perhaps lower. Now, Sega's VP of Marketing Scott Steinberg is
being quoted by Forbes as saying gamers can "bet on the Wii . . . selling for less than $200." Such a price would be at least a good $100 lower than even Microsoft's "Basic" Xbox 360 bundle, but it could make sense for Nintendo considering the Wii's apparently far from next-gen internals.
In other Wii-related news, Opera has announced Nintendo's upcoming
feature the Opera browser. This move makes sense, since Opera is
already working on a version of its browser for the Nintendo DS handheld
console, which it expects to make available this summer in Japan. One
could also see Opera integrating its mouse gesture functionality with
the Wii's motion-sensitive controller to speed up browsing, although no
such integration has been announced. Opera did not divulge a release
schedule for the Wii version of Opera, either, but a Nintendo
manager has said the browser is required "for [the] Wii console launch in