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IGN: Nintendo CEO Comments Suggest No HD Wii

Rumors of an HD compatible Wii have been around since before the current Wii's launch. So who started the rumors? Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata certainly didn't.

During the Q&A session at a recent investors meeting, Iwata was asked about Wii HD. Claiming that he'd never himself mentioned a "Wii HD," Iwata said that he wonders where in the world the rumors started.

He also provided a hint that Nintendo would't simply release an HD-ready Wii without some other improvement. "If I were asked if a Wii that's been made compatible with HD -- just high resolution compatibility -- would be bought by players throughout the world, I'd of course say, 'Do you think it will sell with just that? It needs something new.'"

Sounds like a barebones HD version of the Wii is not in Nintendo's play book.

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Matthew942852d ago

have people not reliased this by now? its not coming ()()()(())()*()&^*&%^& amp;$%^*£$&*$%"$% $^*$^*£$^*£$^*£& #163;%^$£%^*£& 63;(^£$^*£I

pcz2852d ago

maybe when sales start to slow down or they reach a wall in terms of what they can do with the technology, maybe then they will introduce the next wii. Its all pointless speculation really.

Or maybe they will go the ds route, and release countless different wii sku's. I personally wouldn't like things to go that way.

EvilTwin2852d ago

"If I were asked if a Wii that's been made compatible with HD -- just high resolution compatibility -- would be bought by players throughout the world, I'd of course say, 'Do you think it will sell with just that? It needs something new.'"
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Well put.

I don't understand the people who just want a Wii that outputs in HD.

Why? I don't want a slightly modded version of the Wii. It's fine as-is, hasn't even truly been pushed by most third parties, and the end of its life cycle looks to be pretty darn good for some badass games.

I want Nintendo to release a new console that ups the ante. I want standard (and improved) Motion+ with more powerful hardware and better online, not just the current console to output in HD.

Gr812852d ago

However, the constant parroting of WiiHD by certain analysts is quite puzzling.

Brasi822852d ago

I'd imagine the next Nintendo console would introduce a dual motion controller such as two Wii-motes with motion plus, improved online capabilities, improved hardware and HD output. I'd also expect something new along the lines of innovation in the controller. The Wii right now is perfect how it is. People seem to think that every game needs to sell a million to be successful, but when you can make a profit out of only 100k sales then the bar doesn't sit so high as it does with the PS3 or X-Box 360 in which they have to sell 500k or even a million just to make a profit from there labor.

na-no-nai2852d ago

who know what they have in store
remember the halographic storage solution, could be it but as far as we know, this gen not gonna be over anytime soon

subzero-082852d ago

Yeah, why would Nintendo do a Wii HD? They obviously don't need to, look at the sales. Anyways, they're gonna upgrade far more than that on their next console.

Quadrix2852d ago (Edited 2852d ago )

People were still thinking there was going to be a Wii HD. God, people are stupid...

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