It seems as though people can’t keep secrets anymore, especially when it comes to gaming. Last week reports went out about a black Nintendo Wii releasing here in the US. The leak apparently came from a Gamestop employee who caught wind of the SKU via an internal company photo. Since the leak Gamestop has actually gone as far as sending out an email to every single employee about keep sensitive information in house. That email was also leaked and basically put to rest anyone had about the validity of the photos. Either way it has been made official as of today, that Nintendo is in fact releasing a black version of the Nintendo Wii. The biggest difference besides the color is that the bundled game is now Wii Sports Resort, the follow-up to the original launch title Wii Sports as well as the inclusion of a Wii Motion Plus add on right in the box. The new bundle will hit store shelves on May 9th, in typical Nintendo sunday launch fashion. Check out the complete press release below.
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A great value in video games is about to get even better. Starting May 9, Nintendo will add new elements to the baseline Wii™ system package offered at retailers throughout the Americas. In addition to the intuitive, motion-sensing Wii Remote™ controller, Nunchuk™ controller and popular Wii Sports™ game that currently comes standard with each system purchase, every new unit will now also come packaged with Wii Sports Resort™ and the control-enhancing Wii MotionPlus™accessory. In addition, consumers will be able to choose between two color schemes for the Wii console and included controllers: original white, or a new black option. The U.S. suggested retail price of the new system package will remain at $199.99. Pricing outside the United States will be established by the local markets, but offer similar consumer value.
“Nintendo leads the way in delivering rich motion-control gaming experiences at an accessible price point,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “By including even more of our top-quality hardware and software in the basic Wii system package, we’re extending that commitment to entertainment and value. Now more than ever, consumers can count on Nintendo to deliver inclusive fun and advanced motion controls at a mass-market price.”
Wii Sports Resort expands on the active-play fun of the original Wii Sports, with resort-themed activities such as wakeboarding, archery and swordplay. What’s more, Wii Sports Resort features the rich control enhancements of Wii MotionPlus, which allows users to dive in and enjoy precision motion-control excitement right out of the box.
Wii MotionPlus has set the standard in precision motion control by delivering an immersive, social experience unavailable on any other system. As of May 9, when both the Wii Sports Resort game and a Wii MotionPlus accessory will come standard with every new Wii console, people who purchase the system can experience this leading-edge video game technology from the moment they plug in and power up.
Previously unavailable throughout the Americas, the black version of the Wii console will offer all the groundbreaking features and functions of its white counterpart in a stylish new color scheme. Whether they aim to color-coordinate with other devices or simply love the way it looks, consumers throughout the Americas can add a black Wii console with matching black Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to their home entertainment lineup. Additional black controllers and accessories can be purchased separately.
The Wii system launched in November 2006 and continues to attract millions of new and experienced gamers with its intuitive motion-sensing controls and inclusive game offerings.
Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about Wii, visit Wii.com.