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Gamers' excitement over Wii
The Wii is launched first in the US and then Japan
Nintendo's Wii console is launched in North America on Sunday, promising to change the way games are played forever. But the console faces stiff competition from Microsoft and Sony.

We speak to six gamers who are eagerly anticipating the new machine and some of them are hopeful of getting their hands on one come launch day.

Kim Lewison, Fort Lupton, Colorado

I am missing four fingers on my left hand and it makes it hard for me to play video games.

With the new Wii controllers from what I understand it should be so much easier for me to play.

My daughter loves to play Mario Party and race games. I would love to be able to play with her without my hand hurting from playing.

My husband wants to buy it for me but we won't have enough money until our tax refund comes this next year. Our entire family is very technical and I know this system would allow me to join in the fun with my family.

Eric Windsor, Gresham, Oregon

I've been a part of Nintendo's continuing traditions of electronic entertainment for pretty much all my life.

From the original Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 all the way to 19 November 2006.

I think the best part is that over the years as my expectation of gaming was raised and I grew up, so did Nintendo's level of quality and innovation. It's what has remained a constant for me as a gamer over the years and what has kept me playing video games.

Jonathan Belliss, Santa Cruz, California

Launch day grows closer by the minute as I spend most of my time working at an online game company in Silicon Valley.

In my time off I constantly search for breaking news regarding the Wii and anything remotely related.

I read reviews from industry insiders on titles that will be launching with the system. I look forward to the innovative controls and overall gaming experience.

A lot of my friends and comrades at work refuse to share the same idealistic view of the Wii that I possess.

They claim that the Wii is just a gimmick, a clever marketing ploy. I never argue with them, my response is the same as always: "Just wait till Monday, you'll see."

I plan on bringing my Wii to work on Monday and showing them that next-gen video games aren't all about graphics, they're about reaching new levels of immersion and entertainment.

Mandie Johnson, Duluth, Minnesota

I'm a 25-year-old woman who plans on camping out in order to get a Wii on launch day.

Although I've played video games all of my life, this will be the first console I've ever bought right at launch.

I'm planning on bringing the Wii with me when I visit my family for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Last year, I brought my GameCube and bongo drum controllers along, and family members who were previously not interested in video games suddenly found themselves having a great time playing.

I think that the Wii, with its new motion sensing capabilities and familiar seeming remote control design, will prove to be even more irresistible.

My goal this year is to get my grandpa gaming!

A secret hope of mine is that the Wii will convince my husband to play video games with me more. He likes video games, but more often than not, he just watches me play.

My only wish at this point is for good weather in the hours leading up to the launch, in case I end up waiting outside.

Matthew Retzer, Milwaukee

They say, "Time speeds up as you get older". I'm 34, and in gaming years, that's old.

I've been playing video games since Pong, and the last time I purchased a Nintendo game console was 20 years ago. That's about to change this Sunday, as I'm going to go pick-up my pre-ordered Nintendo Wii.

My first glimpse of a Wii was watching a video on the internet. I was inspired - this was new.

From that point onward, to my girlfriend's dismay, I set my hopes upon the Wii that it would deliver the kind of gaming experience that I had not had for many, many years: friends playing together, discovering new horizons, simple, but at the same time complex.

A mix I have not seen in a system for a long time.

On Sunday, I've got some friends and relatives coming over to play the Wii - both gamers and non-gamers. I hope Wii will live up to my expectations and perhaps this time, my parents will "get it".

Ryan Couldrey, Toronto, Canada

On Sunday I'll quietly walk into a local store confident that my preorder - I'm number five on the list - will be fulfilled.

I snagged my Wii preorder almost 6 months ago; my ticket still says Nintendo Revolution.

The required $50 deposit snagged me a piece of happiness. Is Zelda the piece of happiness? Nope. Metroid Prime 3? No. The fact that I got a Wii, and a lot of people won't be able to get one? Not even that.

I'm hawking the Wii console/bundle itself on eBay.

Unlike the PS3, where only one kid on the block is going to get one, 7 out of 10 kids are going to get Wiis. All this means for us horrible capitalists, is that little Johnny is going to be screaming that, unlike the PS3, all his friends have one, and that he must have one as well.

Anyone who hates the idea of eBay hawking is just jealous they didn't think of it to begin with.

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