Nintendo wanted new console to retail under $100

Speaking to Business Week, Miyamoto said, "Originally, I wanted a machine that would cost $100. My idea was to spend nothing on the console technology so all the money could be spent on improving the interface and software.

So, why wasn't the Wii released at under $100? Well it appears that the price was bumped up because of "NAND flash memory and other pricey parts."

Miyamoto said that at first, Nintendo "didn't think it was possible to build a powerful machine for less than 50,000 Yen" (£220), and some of the biggest concerns were power consumption, cooling and boot-up times.

The Mario creator revealed that the company had to compromise and "give up on a powerful chip." He added that, "Many of our employees initially wanted high-definition graphics. But they agreed with us that graphics wouldn't matter if the games weren't fun to play."

Despite the compromises made, Miyamoto says that the Wii is "much faster" than the GameCube.

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PS360WII4442d ago

They did think about it. I haven't played one yet but soon will. What I'm hearing from the news and such is that this little guy is rather efficent and will do nicely in the home entertainment section ^^

Marriot VP4442d ago

yah they planned to make it out of cardboard

BIadestarX4442d ago

mmm.. I guess Nintendo is giving people an Idea of what their next console will be like. Expect their next console to be a board game for $20.00

MicroGamer4442d ago

is that they always strive to make their current console better than their last, but unfortunately, the bar set by the Gamecube is too low. Being better than Gamecube isn't saying much. They need to start setting their sights higher than merely beating their last machine's capabilities if they ever want to have the best system again.

PS360WII4442d ago

They have the best console. It's called Nintendo DS! Sure it's not a home console but this thing is selling faster than they can make production for.
The bar they set for the Wii is high enough for where they want to be in the home console war and that's making regulars happy

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