Wii Japanese Press Event Coverage Debacle

OK, I had to post something on this while it was still happening. For the past two hours or so I’ve been looking everywhere for information on Wii’s Japanese launch plans, because someone said the event where they would be announced was starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time (and someone else who currently employs me picked it up as reliable info.) Now it seems that the conference won’t start until 11 p.m. or 1 a.m. Eastern, but no one can tell me for sure which.

Meanwhile, for the past hour or so I’ve been frantically reloading UGO/GameWorldNetwork’s “up-to-the-minute live blog coverage straight from the Tokyo press conference” (they were probably working from this page, which archives a DS-focused press conference from months ago).

Apparently, the problems weren’t contained to UGO/GWN. According to Joystiq’s Wii Fanboy (which was re-posting GWN’s pablum for a while):

Apparently, most sites and chatroom bloggers were actually relying on a GWN page for live information. The GWN site, in turn, appeared to be reporting a video feed from several months ago, and the entire internet is on the verge of exploding. This is an absolute debacle, and we sincerely apologize to our readers for this travesty. We know that the conference should be going on at the moment, and we’re searching tirelessly for confirmed information. We’ll get back to you as SOON as we possibly can.

My head hurts.

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