Fils-Aime: No more Wii secrets

Nintendo of America president says there won't be any last-minute revelations about the company's upcoming system.

Nintendo has a lengthy tradition of playing its cards close to the vest, so it's not surprising that some of the company's fans may be expecting the console maker to have one last megaton bomb to drop on the gaming world in advance of the Wii launch.

However, those holding their breath in anticipation of a world-rocking revelation surrounding the Wii can exhale, as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told GameSpot sister site News.com in a video interview that the publisher has nothing left to hide.

Fils-Aime told News.com that everything that would come packed with the Wii was finalized, and that the few areas that hadn't been detailed (the company's Virtual Console content, packaged software) weren't actually finalized yet.

When asked if Nintendo was planning any last-minute surprises, Fils-Aime said, "No, no wonderful secret announcement. At least not one that I'm aware of, so then it would really be a secret."

Fils-Aime also responded to the Wii's appearance last week on the animated show South Park. Despite the frequently controversial and adult tone of the show, Fils-Aime expressed no reservations about the traditionally family-friendly Nintendo brand being featured in an episode.

"Obviously we love it," Fils-Aime said. "It's not something that they approached us for permission, though we were aware that they were working on it. It's fantastic to be in popular culture in that way."

The conclusion to last week's two-part Wii-centric South Park episode is expected to air tonight on Comedy Central.

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_Sam_
_Sam_

Oh, I thought the South Park guys had to get permission from Nintendo

SEr_803
SEr_803

yay wii on southpark

KendoKenshi_TK
KendoKenshi_TK

It is to close to launch for even more secrets from Nintendo. Imagine if nintendo would have saved the wii's name change for launch day...

mackdaddy1342
mackdaddy1342

There is one more secret about the Wii. When you boot up the system, a screen with hypnotizing patterns pops up on the screen and forces you to play the system forever.

Rumpke
Rumpke

So now southpark has had an Okama Gamsphere(Gamecube), Golden PSP, and a Wii. No Love For XBOX?

Beymaster1
Beymaster1

no more secrets!!! secretly iwanted one big secret left

master_swordx
master_swordx

thats eough man NO more just let the wii launch

mariobro999
mariobro999

wii and DS compabilites were already announced in a interview for some pokemon game, or so ive heard

G_W_X
G_W_X

End of the line. Just prepare for the AWESOME WIii ! "Officer Bar Brady "says: Alright move along, Nothing more to see here folks!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

no more secrets? come on reggie..... i was waiting for 1 more...

Jebril
Jebril

Yeah true there's nothing said about the DS to Wii connection. But they probbably haven't finished it yet. I hope to god the DS connectes via Wifi to the Wii.

jmac777
jmac777

That Southpark episode just JUMPED Wii Popularity by 20% if not more....

aashkii
aashkii

Good. No more surprises from Nintendo. The Wii has surpass more people than PS3 and 360 combined, and that is an amazing accomplishment the big N did for their Wii hype.

bevander
bevander

"Why didn't Nintendo use that opportunity to advertise in the time slots?" South Park two weeks before the Wii comes out - "Oh man the Nintendo Wii, it has motion sensors on the controller and it's so awesome and it's out in just TWO MORE WEEKS!!!!" Commercial - "The Nintendo Wii has motion sensors and comes out in two more weeks." Nintendo Executives - "Yeah, that was a good use of money."

marco888
marco888

He's lying! He knows more about the DS to Wii connection that they haven't said much about!!

Nintendus
Nintendus

Are you sure Reggie? Cause I can't wait!

shizwill03
shizwill03

Well, good. BTW: That South Park episode was.......OMFGWTFLOL!!!

BET8390
BET8390

"troakun"- " u think the Wii controller is sexy because (lotsofgiggles) u think its a sexy vibrator that u could use while playin wii sports!!!!!" So I'm guessing you'll have one in your house right!!!! who is buying it your mom or your dad ????? :P

troakun
troakun

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MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

No news is good news, eh, Reggie?. . . He didn't address my main question behind the Wii's reference in South Park: Why didn't Nintendo use that opportunity to advertise in the time slots? I found the presence of PS3 and PSP ads during the commercial breaks bizarre , like Sony trumped any rewards to be reaped from the Wii being a plot point in the episodes, and Nintendo just let them. . .

sinceps1
sinceps1

I agree with you riverwolf-double-oh 7, The wii makes you want to be skeptical and also keeps you curious at the same time. I guess I am buying it because it is both an upgrade to my gamecube which I sold to get it, and the new style of games looks cool. Hammer and Resident evil all the way. And to those nerds who can't see themselves sweating I actually think its a good thing that I'll be more active for certain games. Especially tense ones where you feel like moving a little. Lol, I remember kids that would move the nes controller when they were making mario jump over a hole and now they wouldn't get made fun of I guess. I can see call of duty 3 being another game that will work nicely with the control scheme.... And even though I personally feel skeptical about zelda I think that I will appreciate it more for some things. But they better still release the gamecube one for people that aren't into getting worked up for that kind of game. Adventure games and RPG's might not work with this control scheme if they are based on the old style of role playing/adventure. Then again Final Fantasy 12 might not get hurt by it... I guess the only reservation I have about the new control scheme is when an old series can't adapt.... But look at sonic, the 3d and 2d games are barely even similar but the hedghog's still fun to play. I guess it all comes down to everyone's oppinions as always with games.........

Jatt_Warrior
Jatt_Warrior

QuanWildFire The reason u think the Wii controller is sexy because (lotsofgiggles) u think its a sexy vibrator that u could use while playin wii sports!!!!! hahaaaahah IM srry man im j/p wit u.... i couldnt help myself.after all im a sony/microsoft fanboy

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

I'm going to keep an open mind about this system. My 1st reaction is that there is no way i am gonna bust my ass at work all day and then come home and jump around to play a game, But fun is fun and if it works and we like it its prolly going to change everything. My second reaction is MY GOD! Reggie is one seriously unattractive man.

daqua_99
daqua_99

Oh well, the Wii is great the way it is now!

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

Considering the fact that Nintendo stayed silent about the console for so long then just blabbering everything out a couple months before supposed launch, hard to belive there are no more secrets.

win_andrew
win_andrew

Forgive me if i regurgitate what others may already have said in this forum. ijunc, i'm gonna have to disagree with you. Have you actually tried he Wii? I work at EB games and I've actually played the wii at a show. Trust me man, it's far from being garbage. In fact i prefer it to x360 and ps3 in terms of fun, mainly for the reason that i can just upgrade my PC to get graphics like them or better. But for the motion controls of Wii- you just can't get anywhere else. Obviously ther was a part of me that wished the wii had a GPU that rivalled sony and microsoft, but that's not Nintendo's plan of attack. And that certainly hasn't stopped me from getting one. They're getting into a largely untapped market that is the casual gamer and families. The hardcore gamer market has been tapped to death already and we are ready for something that's truly new. I can assure you that not many people who are new to gaming is gonna fork out AU$600-1000 for a game machine cos the graphics look ultra real. They'd look at the ads of people playing together and swingings their arms around with the wii remote and think to themselves: "hmm that looks like fun" and ask about the machine straight away at the counter, cos that's what's been happening at the store that I work at. Plus the Wii is also affordable for most people and Nintendo has a lot of experience in designing games that look beautiful and atmospheric with moderate horsepower. Afterall a game can only be as beautiful as the skills of the developers and designers. Being a gamer myself (owned, NES, SNES, PS1, PS2, GBA, GC, PC games), graphics can get old quick and the only lasting factor for a game is its gameplay. I'd probably will be getting a ps3 when it comes down in price just for Tekken, Devil may cry and the Final Fantasy franchises, but that's for later. The extra money you're paying now for the ps3 is really for a technology that isn't really a standard yet. Nintendo realises that and will probably make a higher profit margin on their consoles than the other 2 by effectively cutting cost without sacrificing the entertainment factor or mass market appeal. I'm yet to see Sony's real plan of attack here downunder, but I know who will rule this holiday season, and that's the Wii.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

I agree with Reggie by letting Sony and Microsoft fight to be the ultimate home theatre gaming system. Nintendo just wants to be a gaming console and nothing more. It's fine and great but what other titles are going to release beyond the launch of the Wii? What other content will be available in 2007? That's the only question I have for Nintendo.

The fight for home theatre supremacy is getting a bit out of hand with both Sony and Microsoft. Sony has some features such as having the ability to browse the web on the PS3 and even purchase music online which is nice but is it really necessary? And for Microsoft they have too many items, add-on's, that will burn a hole clean through the consumers wallets. HD-DVD and the ability to download TV shows, movies, even music online through the 360. Is all this really necessary?

I'm hoping Nintendo will stay steadfast with their vision within the gaming industry and "wake-up" the rest of the companies to remind them what industry their in. Video games not muliti-media.

Nawras
Nawras

I don't think there is time for last minute stuff anyway

Gamepro2421
Gamepro2421

i dont believe anything anyone says about this stuff until i can get my hands on it on launch day. I like to think that they'll at least have a big game annoucement as far as both the virtural console games and the actal "next-gen" games go. How sweet would it be for nintendo not to annouce that Mario Galaxy is going to be available but just put it on store shelves to surprise you on launch day. It would be like finding cool stuff in you're stalkings on christmass or getting that one present that you weren't even considereing as an option but yet you get it anyway.

namdar
namdar

I'm still not satisified... I'm still thinking of maybe just upgrading my PC instead of forking over cash for any of the other consoles I really wanna play the New Battlefield and of course I want to play Cs Source with a better frame rate than I do right now.... But.. I do love Nintendo , and Sony as well as (unfortunatly) Microsoft

Blacksamurai87
Blacksamurai87

For any Sony and Microsoft fans: I love you guys. But please consider buying a Wii and playing some truly unique games. You won't be disappointed.

eric2mrng
eric2mrng

im glad nintendo are cool with there console on southpark, i doubt sony would allow that sorta thing.

cubedman990
cubedman990

Wow, haven't heard from Reggie in a while!

grandgundam3
grandgundam3

I can't wait anymore!!!!!!!!! That's it! I'm going to freeze myself!!!! I'll see you all on the 19th.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Hmm...he says no new surprises, so does that mean American gamers don't get Wii Play (the game) bundled with extra controllers? That still hasn't been made clear yet, as far as I know.

imbacon
imbacon

A guy with a PS logo for his avatar just said the Wii is the system to get! *craps self out of disbelief*

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

it was a funny shtick on south park....and i don't know why....but i like reggie...i think it's because I'm going to have his job someday ;)

yawannataco
yawannataco

Awh... and here I was hoping they would reveal that, to honor their fan base, they would ship a console beefier than the PS3 for the same price as the former wii, that all these gamecube-esque graphics where a sham and that the HD era was really upon us! The Wii was all an experiment and the Revolution is back! ;) Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to be in line to pick up my preorder at midnight. :D

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

Yeah, the secret is they've repackaged the Gamecube with a new controller and finding a bunch of pre-order suckers.

Solid_Fish
Solid_Fish

This is the console to get this year! Cant wait for Zelda and Red Steel!!

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

thats ok, i just want my sensor bar, my nun/wiimote, wii sports, and of course the wii. lol. plus im buyin like 8 games, who needs surprises? :P

ijunc
ijunc

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Stolen_Kuniva
Stolen_Kuniva

The suprise was that there is no suprise? I feel used...

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Great, no more surprises... my heart is weak right now...

DarkSan00
DarkSan00

awww, i wanted more, like a wiiboyplayer =( VIVA LA REGGIELUTION!

scorpi13
scorpi13

Good for Nintendo !! Can't wait to try out the Wii.

crills
crills

i know there secret cause someone in my family works for them the secret its the fact that you can play your ds games on it with some disc that there going to sell in the future were you just send the game to the wii and play it on a bigger screen useing the ds wifi and the wii wifi but there not finished working on it . thats why they saying no more secrets but if it was finished then it would been said this week . trust me its comeing soon mark my words

GrimBee
GrimBee

Its good that nintendo are so cool about their console being featured in southpark. Had it been the ps3, sony would of sued the crap out of matt and trey parker and stopped southpark completely. lol