Nintendo may have kept its lips tightly sealed over the possibility of releasing an updated Wii console to compete against the likes of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but it seems that the heat competition might be finally starting to get to the Japanese console maker. While the company has confirmed that a console refresh is a distinct possibility, it would seem that Nintendo might have a little extra something planned for the new machine.
Read on to find out more.
Barely four months ago, Nintendo made an announcement claiming that the company has got no immediate plans to work on an upgrade to its existing Wii video game console. And its reason was as simple as it could get: its current sales numbers did not justify the pouring of additional resources into creating a successor for the current-generation console.
To top it off, Nintendo's US president Reggie Fils-Aime bluntly told the media back then that that would be no talk of such a console until the company could meet its sales targets:
"As we sit here today we're saying the Wii has many, many more units to sell. After we've reached an installed base of 45m here in the US we can have a conversation about the next generation."
Apparently, Nintendo seem to have backtracked on its words, for the company's European MD of Marketing was reportedly telling a reporter from Edge that there will (eventually) be a Wii 2. And when the time is right to release the Wii's successor out to the retail market, it will still sport the optical drive as the main medium for gameplay, although digital game downloads will still be supported.
But that is not all. According to the predictions made by Michael Patcher, an analyst with Wedbush, the Wii 2 will come with support for HD content, if only because the console maker is already trailing far behind the competition in this aspect.
Of course, much of this information is made up of nothing more than speculations from consumers and analysts, so it is highly prudent that readers take these details with nothing less than a truckload's worth of salt.