September 08, 2006
Wii chips ready!
IBM in Burlington, Vermont has shipped the processor chips for Nintendo's next gaming console, the Wii (damn, I hate that name --- I still call it the Revolution, it's much cooler code name). This can only mean that Nintendo appears on track to deliver the system for the holiday season. With a price hundreds less than it's competitors, and free online play (read: no Xbox Live fee structure to deal with...that's $60 in your pocket right there, every year) this system looks poised to be the most successful of all the new consoles. But only if Nintendo can beef up their game library and market it not only to the kids of the gaming world, but the adults as well. These are the lessons of the ill-fated, yet incredibly powerful Gamecube. It appears as if Nintendo's learned them well, but we'll see. In the meantime, chips for everyone!