Almost eighteen months after the console made its worldwide debut in the U.S., South Korea
has finally received news of its own Wii launch. Little wonder they all look so elated -- back in 2006, our reaction to Wii launch news was similar (if you take away the flag, the crowds, the being outside, and the baring of flesh).
Although South Korea has had to wait some time to get its Wii on, they're getting it fairly cheap when it does arrive on April 26th. The console itself is 220,000 won ($224), while the games range from 38,000 won ($39) to 48,000 won ($49). The launch line-up is dominated by third-parties, with Wii Sports
, Wii Play
(and a Wiimote), Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
, Zack & Wiki
, FIFA 2008
, Namco Museum Remix
, and Pangya Golf 2nd Shot
available to first-day Wii owners, and Guitar Hero III
scheduled for May.
Finally, the country gets its very own Virtual Console
, with both a reduced number of consoles (only NES, SNES, and Nintendo 64) and reduced prices
. Yep, you read that right: South Koreans will only have to pay 400 Wii Points for NES titles, 600 Points for SNES games, and 800 Points for N64 titles. Lucky blighters.