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Nintendo finally bringing Wii to South Korea

Sure, we have yet to see gadgets like Apple's iPhone and Microsoft's Zune, and yes, we're still waiting for a film downloading service that offers more than ancient B-movie bombs, but hey, at least we didn't have to wait 17 months for the Wii to come to Canadian shores like those poor blokes in South Korea.

The popular console will finally touch down in the small Asian country on April 26th, according to an announcement made today by Nintendo that has been picked up by several Western gaming sites.

It seems strange that Nintendo has waited so long to introduce their newest console to one of the most avid gaming nations on the planet, and stranger still that even now the country continues to get short shrift.

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The South Korean edition of the Wii will not play games purchased in any other country, nor will it be backward compatible with any GameCube titles (unlike Western and Japanese versions of the system). Siliconera also reports that it may lack some of the Wii's lauded "channels," including weather and news.

What's more, it doesn't even come with Wii Sports, a popular game bundled with the console in most countries. South Koreans interested in this critically praised and publicaly adored game will instead have the option of buying it separately, along with seven other launch titles.

At least they're are getting a bargain on the hardware. The South Korean Wii will cost only 220,000 won, or around $225, a full $50 less than the Canadian Wii. However, since South Korean Nintendo fans have had a year and a half to import fully functioning Wiis from other countries, one wonders just how successful this cheap but gutted console will be.

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