Q&A with Core Group about the Nintendo Wii

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RJ van Spaandonk the executive director of Core Group was kind enough to answer some questions that I emailed through to them.

As you can see I would have loved to follow up on some of the answers but since it was an email Q&A my opportunities are limited… So here we go..

Q. Do we have a definitive launch date for the Wii as yet?
A. The Nintendo Wii will be launched towards end of September 2007.

Q. What is the cost of the Wii going to be, and the games?
A. We have seen the Wii advertised at R2,899, and games for between R549 and R649.

Q. The Xbox 360 Core retails for R2699 and is more expensive than the Wii overseas so why the difference in South Africa?
A. We cannot comment on other companies? pricing policies.

Q. How many games will be launched with the Wii?
A. Initially, the following games will be available: Wii Sports, Wii Play, Zelda.

Q. Do you think the Wii will be able to compete against the PlayStation brand in South Africa & what about the huge gaming catalogue of the 360?
A. We are confident that we have a compelling product offering that many people in South Africa will like.

Q. What is your target market?
A. The Nintendo Wii appeals to almost everyone, and we therefore focus on the entire South African market.

Q. Any predictions on sales in the upcoming holiday season?
A. We cannot make any predictions.

Q. The worldwide stock shortages are well publicised, do you expect us to suffer from the same problems?
A. We have sufficient stock for the upcoming holiday retail season.

Q. Will the Wii’s online ability be officially supported in South Africa?
A. Not at this time.

Q.. While the Wii has a great reliability record some do break. How is support going to work in South Africa? Are you going to follow Microsoft?s lead and just replace faulty consoles?
A. Nintendo products are supported by a 12 month warranty. (yes but how is the support going to work?)

Q. How would you answer the common statement that the Wii is just a fad?
A. We are not aware of this ?common statement? and can therefore not comment. (Obviously hasn’t been reading Sony’s statements 😉 )

Q. Where can we expect to see the Wii for sale? Is it going to follow your Apple distribution line or are you going to open it up to more of the casual market?
A. The Nintendo Wii will be available from most consumer electronics and mass market retail stores. Points of sale can be found at www.nintendo.co.za.

Q. The PS3 has a stated 10 (2016) year lifespan and most analysts expect the 360 to last about 5 (2011) years. When can we expect to see the next Wii?
A. No comment. (Seems like an odd one to avoid?)

Q. Are you also bringing in the Nintendo DS and other Nintendo Accessories?
A. Nintendo DS will be launched in Q1 2008, but small quantities will be available over the Xmas period. (About time)

Q. How do the game distributor licences work, can we expect you to import all of them?
A. The most important publishers have representatives in SA, and it would be their decision whether or not to bring in third party game titles for Nintendo Wii.

Okay that’s it… My personal feeling is that they are not going to be flogging the console as a cheap option in South Africa, those game prices are insane. Whether it will break into the mainstream still needs to be seen.

Last Updated: September 20, 2007

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