Nintendo Says No to Wii HD


Nintendo has dismissed industry analysts’ claims that it is currently working on a new version of its motions sensitive Wii games console that would be capable of outputting images in high definition.


Rumours that Nintendo is working on a high definition capable version of the Wii have been around almost since the device’s launch, when the world and it’s mother seemed to think that there was no better option for a current generation console. Now though, Kotaku is reporting that Nintendo of America’s Reggie Fils-Aime responded to questions about a high definition Wii by saying,

“Michael [Pachter] continues to be the only one who believes that this is gonna happen. I don’t know how forcefully we can say there is no Wii HD.”

The fact that Nintendo’s entry doesn’t manage HD output has long been seen as its weakest point in competition with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, both of which are more than happy to talk to high-definitition displays.

Moreover, Nintendo will likely be facing increasing erosion of Wii sales as Microsoft pushes its own motion sensitive device in the form of Project Natal and Sony does the same for the PS3. It seems that Nintendo is determined to stay the course with the current model for the Wii, but whether or not its current lead in the games console market is sustainable we’ll have to wait and see.

It’s worth remembering that Nintendo’s Wii sales dropped by nearly 50% for this period of last year, though for now that’s largely been blamed on the recent price drops from other console manufacturers. That said, we’re wary of definitive statements like this from Nintendo, famous for having denied the all-but-officially-announced DS Lite about two weeks before its launch.


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One Response to “Nintendo Says No to Wii HD”

  1. David Wesley Says:

    These types of denial statements are common. If Nintendo were to confirm rumors of an HD version of the Wii, potential customers would be less inclined to purchase the current model, instead preferring to wait for the upgraded model.

    Fils-Aime is flat out wrong in his assertion that “Michael [Pachter] continues to be the only one who believes that this is gonna happen.” We discuss this possibility in our forthcoming book, the manuscript for which was submitted in August, long before Pachter presented his view on the topic. Indeed any rational analysis should come to the same conclusion.

    Ultimately, all the logic in the world does not guarantee that Nintendo will make the right decision and offer an HD Wii. The company has stumbled many times in the past. For example, it completely missed the shift from cartridges to CDs. For Nintendo’s sake, we hope that Fils-Aime is keeping tight lipped for marketing reasons, and that there is little truth to his denials. Otherwise, Nintendo will be in for a rude awakening.

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