Nintendo: No Plans to Abandon the Wii

In all the hullabaloo surrounding various Wii U announcements this morning including release dates, pricing, and the launch line-up, Nintendo took the time to emphasize that it has no plans on abandoning the Wii. They still love the little system.

We will continue to sell the Wii," Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime said. "As we sit here today, in the US the Wii has sold about 40 million units. We believe that there continues to be an opportunity with Wii. Yes, these are late, late adopters. And yes, price points are important. But we do believe there's still opportunity for the Wii, and we will continue to sell Wii side-by-side for some period of time."

Fils-Aime went on to say that there are other markets he is in charge of where the Wii will continue to do well.

"I'm responsible for Canada and Latin America as well," Fils-Aime said. "We think there's opportunity in both of those markets, especially Latin America. You can reach price points, you can reach consumers that candidly we won't be able to reach with the Wii U. That's gonna continue to be an opportunity."

"Lastly, on the global base, certainly there are markets in Eastern Europe. There are a number of other markets where if Wii has an attractive price point, it'll do well. So, we will continue to be in the Wii business for quite some time."

Source: Joystiq

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    jedidethfreak says:

    I've read this a couple of times, too – do people not realize that there is absolutely no technological way for the Wii to interact with the Upad?  It doesn't have the hardware or software to communicate with it at all.

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    lordlundar says:

    I was about to say of course they have no plans. Plans are simply procedures that they haven't executed yet. Nintendo sailed past the planning stage a long time ago.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "Would be nice if I could just get a Wii U controller for my Wii, but, eh."

    What would you do with it?  You do understand that the Wii U GamePad does not work with the Wii, right?


    Andrew Eisen

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Makes me glad since I only recently got a Wii. I feel kind of silly doing so after the Wii U was announced. Would be nice if I could just get a Wii U controller for my Wii, but, eh.

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