Nintendo engineers talk Wii

Company's president interviews his own research and development team in first installment of multipart series.

With the Wii set to arrive in stores later this year and a devoted Nintendo fan base thirsty for more information on the console, the publisher has released the first in a three-part series of interviews on its official European Web site. While Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is featured in the interviews, he isn't the one providing the answers. Instead, he's posing the questions to members of Nintendo's own integrated research and development division.

Nintendo R&D GM Genyo Takeda.

In the first part of the interview, the division's general manager Genyo Takeda mentioned that development on the Wii started right after Nintendo launched the GameCube, but that the company's unique approach to the console didn't become clear until later.

"After speaking with Nintendo's development partners, I became keenly aware of the fact that there is no end to the desire of those who just want more," Takeda said. "Give them one, they ask for two...Then they want 10, 30, 100; their desire growing exponentially. Giving in to this will lead us nowhere in the end."

While Nintendo readily admits it wasn't trying to compete with Microsoft and Sony in raw horsepower when it devised the Wii, research and development group member Kou Shiota stressed that the system is still using cutting-edge technology, particularly in making the chips small and efficient.

"We have utilized the technology in this way so that we could minimize the power consumption of Wii," Shiota said. "If the chip becomes smaller, we can make the size of the console smaller. With a smaller chip and minimized power consumption, Wii can be left on 24 hours a day."

While Shiota admitted being anxious about the direction of the Wii when it was first proposed, he said he eventually became a convert.

"Once the concept of Wii as 'a console where something new happens every day' became clear, we were certain that we had made the right choice," Shiota said. "This concept is made possible by the fact that Wii can stay on for 24 hours a day."

For the full text of the interview, visit Nintendo Europe's official Web site.

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roareh
roareh

it should be the best console sales wise but will it? hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Brother_Boney
Brother_Boney

Nintendo's consoles have always had great potential. It's the support that worries me. Wii Connect 24 technology will work. No question about it. But will it be supported "every day", I doubt it. Great as all the Nintendo's consoles have been that greatness has always been neglected in the long run by Nintendo themselves. I can't help but think the N64 disk system, Satella View for SNES and the GBA-attachment for GameCube. I hate to be a pessimist on this one but pessimism has proven to be realism in the past. Let's still hope for the best and give Nintendo the support it needs to carry out it's web-based services, shall we.

coolman_2006
coolman_2006

If the Wii was $1000 dollars i would buy it still. I love the diea of the nunchuks, wii-mote and that you can get a regular controller.

JokerCZW
JokerCZW

So.. my Onyx colored DS.. it rules!

tek-9
tek-9

man, I once denounced the wii as a peice of crap. But i'm DEFINITELY going to be in line for one. espessially because itll be cheap and there will be an option for a regular controller. i'll throw some revolution logos over the wii ones (cant stand that name). That nunchuku is looking more and more fun and good old reggie talking about throwing on some sweet ass M rated games is great. nintendo's wacky propaganda must be getting to me. the nintendo fanboy sure as hell dont though.

Dkg
Dkg

You could wake up the next morning and find that all of a sudden you can get a new Gun, or Kart, or Level or character to use for certain games all there ready and waiting for you. Also, new DS downloads, game trailers, Wii Demos etc etc could pop up and be available to download without you having to anything other than keeping the console plugged in. There are a lot of possibilities this could have.

Travis281
Travis281

They want it on so it can download things at night and be ready for you in the morning. Personally I don't think they have the internal memory to warrant such a use. Things you can download will be done in less than 5 minutes.

7HR1LL3R
7HR1LL3R

I don't really understand what keeping the console on for 24 hours will do with my gaming experience, but I'm looking forward to the Wii regardless. Hopefully it'll be able to deliver all of the new interactive gameplay that they've been guaranteeing. It's going to be an interesting holiday at game vendors, that's for sure.

darfvader
darfvader

so far the wii sounds like the best console of this gen. I really hope it will show on sales.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

GeneralFighter - You will need to buy and learn how to use a wireless router. They are not hard, and worth the effort to use them.

Dkg
Dkg

yoshi_64, since the Wii was confirmed to have updatedable firmware, it's entirely possible for more channels to be added. In fact, I'm expecing one or two more to be added in the future

yoshi_64
yoshi_64

I like the idea of WiiConnect24. Being game updates, news, weather. It's nice. I think it's cool to hear that the Wii can also be a demo station for DS games. Wake up one morning, turn on my system see my updates, and notice there's that FF III, or Pokemon Diamond, or Castlevania: Portrait of Ruina and others downloadble for try out sounds nice. I really hope Nintendo can take this further, and I really hope more channels get added to the Wii with the use of this feature. News and Weather sound nice, but how about stock? (Going back to the Famicom Days. :P ) or Video Chat via USB Camera, or other things. I'm not good at thinking up, mainly cause I've yet to get my hands on the Wii and try out the different features, but Nintendo is way better when it comes to thinking up of something unique.

Dkg
Dkg

onique, LOL! You said exactly what I was about to. People are so stupid sometimes. The PS2 has had a standby mode for 5 years now and people had no problem, but when Wii has one (That actually DOES something) it's ; "OMGZZ! I Dun want My SyzTumz on 24HrZ!!" LOL Also, through Wiiconnnect, your Wii will have constant weather and News updates. This is but a small example of what leaving the console "om" 24hrs provides. General Fighter, it connects wirelessly. Don't worry though. I'm sure Nintendo will provide an adapter similar to what the DS has. It plugs in the back of your comp and serves as a Wireless router.

GeneralFighter
GeneralFighter

how is it gonna connect to the internet? All i have is an Eternet cable...

KronikKilla
KronikKilla

I wouldn't say the best online service, I would say the most interesting online service. Once Microsoft gets Live Anywhere online, it will be hard to compete with. Being able to play Live arcade games on your phone, being able to design a car for Forza on your PC and upload it to your 360, sounds like something new might be happening on Live everyday too. Not to mention complete access to your friends whatever you are doing, wether it be through your phone, PC, or 360, sounds good to me. With the Wii, I'm certainly not worried about content, Nintendo has the largest collection of 8-Bit games of anyone, and with the purchase of Genesis and TG-16 back catalouge, the 16-Bit era will be alive and well, not to mention N64, so I'm sure they can offer something "new" everday. I'm more worried about playing with other Wii users, after all, that is the main purpose of an online service. Hopefully Wii'll see some examples of a good Metroid deathmatch or an 8 player race in Excitetruck soon.

LanceK17
LanceK17

I love Nintendo so much. I just can't wait any longer for the Wii to come out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cdko
cdko

ha. nintendo is going to own sony without hardly even trying. it has the lowest price tag, it comes with heaps of cool stuff including a game to start you off and the line up of launch titles... sony dos'nt stand much of a chance. not sure about microsoft though the 360 is pretty awsome

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

i'm likin' what they up to....nintendo kno what they doin'

V-Nine
V-Nine

Oooo! to this article and i hope there is an online Animal crossing in the works(evil angelic grin).

qiwihead
qiwihead

mark_unix: They can't push that much useless crap to you because the Wii has a very limited amount of storage. Most storage will be via SD cards, it doesn't have a hard drive. They'll probably push some game announcements and such, but it won't be big files.

sigma8
sigma8

Animal Crossing... I never was able to get back into that game when Bluebear moved out on me.. I was shattered.. I couldn't go back.

darkdaej
darkdaej

"Once the concept of Wii as 'a console where something new happens every day'.... Ya know, isnt that a slightly modified version of Animal Crossing's slogan? "A game where something new happens every day" heh, seems Ninty made a test with that game to check out the possibilities of Wii...

Mark2099
Mark2099

People who say that nintendo is doing privacy invasion are nerds. So what? its not like they can see you through a camera. They give you content and all they ask is to log the amount of time you play each day. It helps them with market research. Cut the hippie talk now guys.

theKSMM
theKSMM

He-Man's trademark phrase was "I the power!" The expression "I can feel the power!" is probably something you came up with at the same time you thought up your screen name. ;)

runstalker
runstalker

It's not like your Wii has to be connected to the internet 24/7. Receiving power and receiving a net connection are different creatures. It's very simple to flip a switch.

mark_unix
mark_unix

the gimmick is that nintendo wants you to leave it on for 24/7 so they can force upload you tons of non-sense and they can download your console usage... so it's a privacy invasion worse then the PS3/Xbox360... yea nintendo is always so honest about what they do 8)

WeeWeeJumbo
WeeWeeJumbo

Maybe there's something special about leaving it on all day? I leave my PC on all day; the best thing that ever happens is sometimes somebody IMs me. What's the big deal? With such paltry mass storage, who cares about what Nintendo can upload to my Wii? Please, somebody at Nintendo convince me.

onique
onique

Think it's a gimmick? like how back in the 80's people thought video games were a gimmick and were going to go away?

DarkGord
DarkGord

Can't wait to get my hands on one!

amurphy245
amurphy245

cant wait for wii i just cant!!!!

j0na8aca
j0na8aca

3rd party support is highly dependent on two things. Economics: How much money will making a Wii game make me if my game can only be played on the Wii? Manpower: Is making games on the Wii easy and fun or hard and tedious?

kells77
kells77

I agree with markbart0305, at this point and this price there is not enough to make me trade in the GC for it. it is a low price but there is not enough improvement to justify the purchasse at this time.

Nforspeed
Nforspeed

cool cant till 9/19 tho me want KNOW!

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

Why don't it come with a screen to let you see the game 24 hours?

Payback7
Payback7

markbart0305 - Prepare to eat your own words! If your not impressed with the Wii, then why are you reading AND commenting on the story! Go back to your XBOX or your PSP and leave the Nintendo stories for the Nintendo fans! VIVA LA NINTENDO!!! NINTENDO FOR LIFE!!! P.S. Have a good day :)

markbart0305
markbart0305

The Wii is a gimmick; nothing more. I predict third-party support to go down the drain towards the end of 2007.

onique
onique

OMG WILL you all SHUTUP! Obviously you wont LEAVE IT ON FULLY 24/7!!! Theres something called Standby mode, the ps2 has it, where the red LED comes on and you turn it off, but power is still connected to it and such? The wii will be like that. EXCEPT the internet will always be connected to it and they can send you things etc.. while it's in standby mode as well as on mode... SO MANY IDIOTS HERE use your brains FFS

franwex
franwex

So does that mean right after the Revolution launches, they'll get started on the new system...?

runstalker
runstalker

Nobody's confusing RAM and Flash. We're talking about the small available internal storage of the Wii and how it may affect its ability to accommodate various download services over the long run, that is all.

Fanboy4Hire
Fanboy4Hire

This is the first system I will have to get in shape to play. How worn out will you get waving your hands around for hours while pulling an all-nighter in those Zelda dungeons? I can't friggin wait!

masterofTS
masterofTS

I can't wait to try the Wiimote. I'm still getting a PS3 though. Im more hardcore.

elementfx
elementfx

Do not get RAM memory confused with FLASH memory. That's all I have to say.

7inchpleasure
7inchpleasure

Yo, i want a Wii / PowerGlove attachment, where my right arm is the Wii-mote and the Left arm is the nunchuck? how sick would that be. my arms would be flailing all over the place!!! "I CAN FEEL THE POWWEERRRRRR!!!!" - He Man