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Nintendo Wii in stores by Christmas

Games giant hopes console will be festive hit

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Nintendo  has announced its ‘next generation’ games console will hit British shops just in time for Christmas.

The Wii – pronounced ‘we’ – will cost £179 when it goes on sale on December 8. It has a wireless, wand-like remote control that interacts with whatever game is being played.

The remote control responds to body movements so people playing a tennis game, for example, will be able to mimic swinging a racquet.

The Wii will come with five different sports games on one disk which Nintendo says you’ll be able to play using simple physical movements. You can also play games with a ‘traditional’ controller.

Sony delay

Nintendo is hoping to capitalise on the delayed launch of rival Sony’s new console, the PlayStation 3 (PS3).

Production problems have forced the electronics giant to push back the PS3’s European launch until next March.

David Yarnton, Head of Nintendo UK, said: ‘The Wii is really completely different to the opposition because it is very innovative.

‘The thing with December 8 is that it’s right in time for Christmas. It gives people the opportunity to save their pennies but they need to get out there pretty quickly because of high demand.’

Intuitive controller

Which? researcher Kate Shipp said: ‘If first impressions are anything to go by then the new Wii console from Nintendo looks set to add a new dimension to the world of gaming. 

‘The wireless Wii remote is intuitive and easy to use, and with a variety of new games available in stores, and retro games downloadable direct to the console, there will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

‘This console definitely puts the fun back into gaming and we’re sure it will top many a Christmas list this year.’

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