"The first chips are in our possession," said Genyo Takeda, the senior managing director and general manager of Nintendo's integrated research and development division. "Today’s milestone marks the final stage of our drive to reach both core and nontraditional gamers with an inviting, inclusive and remarkable gaming experience."
The chips Takeda speaks of are the first central processing units (CPUs), developed by IBM and codenamed "Broadway", for Nintendo's upcoming Wii console. This means all of the pieces are in place for mass production to begin on the Wii, if it hasn't already. According to some news sources, the first batch of CPUs actually arrived at Mario Factory in July, meaning it's possible that there are hundreds of thousands of Wiis ready to ship today.
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On September 14th Nintendo will hold press events in New York and Tokyo (simultaneously, mind you) to reveal details on the upcoming console. Most expect a price and release date to be confirmed by the company. A few of us are beginning to think that Nintendo is going to use press event as Apple has, as of late. For those who don't follow Apple, they've had a fantastic response to announcements of new products which are available that day, or within the next couple of week.
It's possible this late-September/first week of October release is wishful thinking on my part, but I can't help but believe Nintendo will only be well served by getting the Wii console in peoples' hands as early as possible.