Wii successor still a ways off - Fils-Aime

Nintendo of America president says top-selling console still has a "very long life," rules out reveal for new system, hardware update in the next few months.

After two solid years of seemingly insatiable demand, the Wii faltered in 2009, leading Nintendo president Satoru Iwata to go so far as to say that system sales had "stalled." And with Microsoft and Sony both cutting the price of their systems and imminently introducing motion-sensing technology, analysts and industry players alike predicted that Nintendo would soon launch a new system with more powerful technology, potentially this year.

The Wii apparently isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

However, according to Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, that may not be the case. Speaking to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the loquacious executive said that Nintendo shot down speculation about a successor or update to the Wii being introduced in the next few months. "We are confident the Wii home entertainment console has a very long life in front of it," Fils-Aime told BusinessWeek.

Fils-Aime's statement comes as the Wii has experienced resurgent interest, fueled by the launch of a number of in-demand titles such as Wii Fit Plus, Wii Sports Resort, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. According to Nintendo's internal estimates, the Wii had its best performance to date in December, selling some 3 million units in the US alone. The NPD Group is expected to release its independent report on December sales figures later today.

The Wii's holiday performance also gave Iwata cause to change his tune from statements made in October. Speaking to Reuters earlier this month, the Japanese executive said, "I think it's now safe to say the Wii has recovered from slowdown." Factors aiding the Wii's recovery, he said, included the quadruple-platinum performance of New Super Mario Bros. Wii as well as the system's $50 price cut in September.

Nintendo has also taken steps to introduce new content to keep it competitive with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Yesterday, the publisher announced that it would introduce Netflix video streaming to the Wii this spring.

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AudioCG
AudioCG

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Henninger
Henninger

Wow this site has become a haven 4 whiners. If u dont like the Wii then dont play the damn thing!!! If u dont like the Wii then dont comment on this site about it!!! If u dont like something, y r u wasting ur time typing up "The Wii sucks, there's nothing but shovelware, Nintendo 4got about the hardcore gamers" posts every single time??? Nothing but little girls whining about something they have no control over. GROW UP!!! I personally enjoy my Wii along with the other 2 systems i own. & Im not a fanboy of 1 or the other. I like the systems 4 their respective strengths and deal with their respective weaknesses. And to top it all off, THE WII IS SELLING MORE THAN THE OTHER SYSTEMS!!! So regardless of how u feel about it Nintendo isn't goin anywhere & is still the KING! So stop crying about!

DKant
DKant

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fireemblemrocks
fireemblemrocks

Yeah, it would quite soon, Wii still has a lot of potential, I just hope they know how to take advantage of it, they have not released enough good games, they should.

zMd113
zMd113

there is just no demand for new consoles yet, and i'm fine with that. i love my PS3 more than any other console past or present and i'm not at that point yet where i'm tired of the graphics or anything like that. i think with PS Motion & "Project Natal" the consoles are just hitting their sweet spot.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

Look the wii is a good companion/supplementation to any of the HD machines. If you have no time to attend the gym, like me, you should give wii fit a try. It does burn calories and rises the heart rates, I'm not advertising but trying to offer some good advice.... better still try out mummy's setup so you don't even have to purchase one till you want it for real. If the so-called gimmick was as such, why do you suppose the other 2, MS and Sony are trying their own motion tech?! this reminds me of McCoy's motto, Imitating, not innovating. Mind you I'm not too much a fan; still play Mario Kart Wii and Smash Bros Brawl using the GC pad, the way I see it on MK I have to make lots of efforts just to make a simple turn, true I burn more calories, but, sometimes I'm too tired to bother with it hence I prefer the pad. but that's just me and if the mummies and daddies plus the granddads want the motion let 'em. Though I don't think motion is good for long-term gaming like maybe 6 hours plus, daily. FINISHED.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

I personally think that a HD wii will be pointless at this current time, place and situation, having seen the previous Nintendo attempts, they were literally supported by firstparty games only as the thirdparty keep being bias against Nintendo, almost as though they are scared to make any serious/worthy attempt, it is like the likeness of a racist employer treating his employee in a forsaken way. They keep bringing up silly, absurd and abstract excuses such as HD, console spec, format of CD medium etcetera. In the past they (Nintendo) survived by themselves on firstparty software line-ups, and should they bow to the will of the thirdparty companies, it will be like escorting Nintendo in a boat far out at sea only to be left there, stranded. But you'll notice once someone like Nintendo innovates and does something clever and it succeeds they all want to cash in on it! And besides all the current titles will remain SD not to mention if you have a really good HD TV set or a projector with a good upscaling chip, it does a good job of making wii into 720P. Also all the virtual console titles remain SD! And I've noticed lots of frame-rate issues on my 360 on many titles when pumped to 1080P. CONT. ABOVE POST.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

Oh, how amusing, of course hearing the rambling of the fanboys and those whom it concerns (The Ninten-dogs) is actually quite entertaining, unlike the fanboys whom claim that they owe all consoles, I actually do because I have the necessary finance to fund for it. Oh, and regarding that issue about wii fit and the negative comments that result,...I recommend a fuller non prejudice re-approach, without the disease of fanboyism, heed me, it will do you a world of good despite your terrible diets and mentally challenged selves, after all with gaming addiction on the rise the future and next generation of young adults are not looking good, literally, overweight, diabetes, Americans large portions of peanut butter and the like, for this very reason, your God of gaming Shigeru Miyamoto has tried a new and indirect approach of having fun while getting a workout at the same time, its not only fun but it may slim your beer belly too. Its definitely good for gamers and the community, remember the wii is not just a games console as the DS has become some life style thing adapted in some schools, but also a fitness apparatus. And people let us get something clear here, this is a Nintendo news article, so it's pointless mentioning fanboy dreams and aspirations because no one gives a rats.........CONT ABOVE POST.

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

The Wii is the new PS2. Domination

Knutte79
Knutte79

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AudioCG
AudioCG

El_Conrado, So, just to be clear, the 9 or so games that you mentioned are all you want out of your Wii? (Really, Zelda, Metroid and Mario are all you need? Ever?) Fair enough, your call, the rest of us might just want a little more out of our systems we spent our hard earned money on. (And judging by the massive amount of posts similar to mine on this very section it would appear that your random stat of "no one caring" would be grossly incorrect...) Does solid online gaming matter? (if you say it doesnt you havent been paying much attention the last 5 or so years) The Wii has PATHETIC online support. Like I said, there are maybe a dozen good games on the Wii, the rest is mini game shovel ware (but hey if thats what you want, go to town, I just recall when Nintendo actually had killer games for there systems, oh sorry is me being older then 20 a cliche card now? I thought actual age and experience counted, silly me....) Here I thought being a blind fanboi was the cliche, silly me, its using logic, comparing system price point and software support and life experience that are cliche for posting, right? For the record, I and MANY of my gamer friends ALL HAD THE WII, and every single one of us ended up the same way, dust on the system, no good games, etc. Is THAT cliche?

AudioCG
AudioCG

I mean, HEAVEN FORFEND we ask that our money be spent on something worthwhile! I mean, were just the consumers here, how DARE we ask for something for our cash, right?!? How DARE we speak out to Nintendo for outright ditching us old school (Cliche!) gamers in the dust, so soccer moms and the elderly can wave a Wii-mote madly in front of a TV and play Wii bowling..... If and band changes thier music to brutally cash hungry radio friendly trash all the fans freak out and call them sell outs, if a TV show dumbs down its story for the "masses" its considered "selling out", if a movie takes an established franchise and craps all over it, its considered..... "common, you should know this by now..." If Nintendo branches out to the "casual gamer" and ditches online support, DVD support, Hardcore games support, HD support, etc they are.............. Thats right, selling out. I own every god damn Nintendo system ever made little one, "oh how cliche!" I have no anti Nintendo sentiment, I know Zelda is a fantastic franchise, I LOVE Metroid, etc. I just want Nintendo to show me a little, tiny, ounce of respect for being a loyal customer for 2 damn decades + of loyalty, but it would seem thats "cliche"....... RIGHT?!? Perspective man, I JUST bought my PS3 2 months ago, and I already have a bigger games library for that system then I EVER had for the Wii, my 360 library is easily twice the size the Wii library EVER was, do you get my point yet?!?? or is that just a "cliche"?

angelGP32
angelGP32

the gamer issue is valid though, just because you play a video game once in a while doesn't automatically make you a gamer, or if you buy a game for someone you are not a gamer. Just because I play a pick up game of basketball, do I consider myself a basketballer? Not at all. I don't go tell people i'm a baller because I play one game every so often. So no, all these casual gamers are not true gamers, in my opinion. I treat it like sports. I play golf twice a year, I am NOT a golfer. I bowl in a leauge every weak, I AM a bowler. I have been playing games since I was 3, days of Atari 1982, I do own 30+ systems and 3 full size arcade machines, video games IS my hobby. I am a gamer.

Normaral85
Normaral85

If weren't not introducing an actually new spec or game or something that will actually make anyone interested in Wii, then why make articles that aren't really even anything worth mentioning. I mean, I've been wanting to pick up a Jet black Wii or hoping for a Platinum model. Now heariing about how to get one of those is news, this junk is just teasing. And the way the releases are looking for the Wii other than WiiWare and things of that nature I'm just looking for anything to keep me interested.

El_Conrado
El_Conrado

Let's see here: AudioCG used the "You're a fanboy" card, the "Casual's are not Gamers" card, the "Do you have Nintendo stock?" card, the "All shovel ware except Zelda" card, the "Gamer since ATARI" card, the "You're just kids" card, AND the "Sales don't equal Good" card. You were only missing the "I have all consoles so I'm not a fanboy" card to complete your Full House of useless clichés. Nintendo making money is good for the gamer that Likes Mario, Zelda and Metroid because that means MORE Mario, Zelda and Metroid. And in fact, that's EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING. Let me put it in simple terms for you: no one cares what you think.

eldin4444
eldin4444

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AudioCG
AudioCG

I dont get the Nintendo fanboi logic: Oh well Nintendo is catering to the casual gamer, so they are making tons of money...... and that equals good for the gamer? Seriously? Unless you actually LIKE Wii fit, or any of the other little mini game filled waste of your time empty games, but if you were a casual gamer you wouldent A) be a fanboi in the first place and B) even know what this damn website is in the first place.... I mean, yay Nintendo is making money, are YOU seeing any of that money? Nope, you sure arent, are you seeing a massive amount of quality titles for the Wii, again, no, you arent, not even close, all the Wii has is infinite shovelware, gimmiky crap with the occasional glimmer of good titles (Yes, Zelda was good, yes Metroid was great, yes the Mario games are good) but not even close to enough. I have been playing games since the Atari days kiddos, I AM the "old school" and I have never seen a system with so much crap software since the 3DO....... Sales does NOT equal good games, Brittney Spears still sells a bagillion albums a year, does that mean you all want to run out and buy her album? Transformers 2 sold a bagillion DVDs do you want more gangsta bots? You see what I am saying?

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

@The-Techspert Hmm. You have an interesting point there.

shkar
shkar

wii is hazardous for us hardcore gamers...It's like an infestation of epic story lined games present in sony and microsoft consoles....

zombey1333
zombey1333

@monson21502 More than likely not. If optional accessories have proven anything, it's that noone cares. As much as I'd like to see Sony or Microsoft over-power the shovelware-ridden behemoth known as the Wii, it simply won't happen. The motion control is -standard- on the Wii. It comes with it, it -is- it. On the wii, regular game-pad controls are more of a choice. Unless the two HD consoles come with their respective 'innovative" controls pre-packaged with accompanying software (at a reasonable price = to the Wii), they're simply living a pipe dream. Optional accessories that add onto the cost of the experience, ones that usually only have a few compatable titles, are a niche that'll never have the same weight as the original packaging. To suggest otherwise would be denying what's thus far proven to be reality.

zombey1333
zombey1333

So...as long as they keep coming up with new gimicks, the Wii'll stay alive. I liked the Wii. I really, really did. I liked it until the flow of quality titles slowed to a trickle. I liked the virtual console until they couldn't follow through on the promise of 3-4 old school titles a week because 3rd party publishers were realizing it's not actually all that profitable. At some point I started to realize that, instead of furthering the innovation, Nintendo became content to just ride the latest fad wave that they'd created within the mainstream. And i liked Nintendo...until it was suddenly clear that they gave less of a crap about gamers than the soulless money making juggernauts (Sony and Microsoft) that only entered into the video game industry to make a buck. While they're trying to grab up a market share of the casual crowd, they're not forgetting that it'll be the true video game players who'll be here two years from now -still- buying games. Nintendo? It's been a couple of years already...and the casual crowd doesn't buy games constantly because they're content with one or two titles. Good job screwing yourself over, Big N. Keep up the mask-smile while the rest of us live in the real world. You can't float that hunk of plastic on a handful of first party titles.

maxsteel86
maxsteel86

Just die already!! The sooner the Wii dies, the sooner I'll feel better safer about people not re-inventing the wheel, so to speak. I didn't need a new way to play games. I needed better stories and gameplay etc To date, the best game I've played (IMO) was Resident Evil 4. That was on the PS2!! I played the Wii version, the whole point and shoot thing doesn't do it for me. That's what games like Time Crisis are for

davidamos
davidamos

the one and only game i've been really waiting for on the wii is a new zelda. i had the gamecube version of twilight princess, purely because i'd pre-ordered it about 2 years earlier (stupid delays), but now i want a new story with new controls and (marginally) better graphics. roll on october!

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

I can't see it having a long life span like the 360 or PS3, but this drip drip of great Nintendo titles keeps its head above water but how long can that really last. I fully believe they are developing a new console and are using the fact that the Wii is still making them money to allow them to perfect the next console. As soon as sales start to decline again, there will be an annoucement, they've played a brilliant game this generation and could put themselves in a great position for the next generation.

Serraph105
Serraph105

@monson21502 lol yes they only had to switch to motion controls to do it,

devildothack
devildothack

@InsertWittyID exactly. just look at mario brios wii, wii play, wii sports, etc..all of them simple gameplay, not hd compare to 360/ps3, lower cost to make and yet they keep showing up on the NPD top list selling millions month by month. people may bash nintendo for targeting casual gamers but they are laughing there asses off on the way to the bank of the huge profits the wii/software titles are turning out to be.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Well Ninty, if you don't show up to E3 with a new console you better show up with announcements for some top notch titles. Once Other M, SMG2 & Zelda are done we better not be doomed for another neglect filled draught

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I'm really glad there's no new Nintendo console anytime soon. I feel I need to spend a little more time with the Wii.

thps48
thps48

There's a lot more potential for the Wii, I agree. Only no one including Nintendo is bringing out the best for the Wii, so either one of two things will happen: the Wii will slowly die while awaiting its own promise or people with good ideas not related to The Conduit will bring it up above PC games at best. Although, to do that there will need to be a lot of Beyond Good & Evil-esque stuff that actually appeals to the majority of Sea Snail-leveled consumers who prefer Modern Warfare 2 over CoD4...

monson21502
monson21502

lets see how long they last when ps3 wand and natal come out next year. wand will kill them in japan. natal will kill it here in the usa. 2010 will be the year the hd consoles strike back!!!

lhscouchmonster
lhscouchmonster

from announcement to store shelf takes a while. Id believe an announcement in 2011 but the system wouldn't go on sale til at least 2012 or 13. I think the biggest problem is that in order to get people to spend 250 or 300 on a new Nintendo system, the technology has beat the current 250 and 300 price point systems.

Elzy109
Elzy109

i sure hope that the netflix update catches the wii up to the 360 and ps3 such as demos and add on content from wii shop channel and most importantly, downloading stufff while doing other things on the wii. i cant imagine leaving the wii on for a couple of hours and cant play cuz im downloading a netflix movie. : \

derk4
derk4

The more people who buy the Wii, the less there is that doesn't have it. They can't sell awesome forever! But I don't need netflix, I just need a new Zelda game for Wii.

kuchiki-ness
kuchiki-ness

who wants a zelda hd with high-poly-detailed big stages highres-textures? and zelda/Sheik in Highdef models. ME!!! (read with homers voice, little drop slobber)high-deffffff(/homers voice)

fon1988
fon1988

There doesn't need to be a new Wii, Xbox or Playstation for a long time. This generation is running just fine and shouldn't be messed with.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I sold my Wii after I made the move to HD. Its hard for me to go back to these Wii and PS2 games that look like a garbled pixelated mess on a lcd. Maybe I'm just spoiled from the 360 and PS3 but I'm ready for a new HD Wii and maybe a HD version of Tatsunoko vs Capcom would make me sold on it. This news saddens me but hey its only speculation.

Flint247
Flint247

I do hope that new consoles don't come until 2012 or after. This generation is running fine as it is.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I would expect at least another 2 years of wii.

Guzthon
Guzthon

This is good news. I hope that Nintendo release great games (to survive and reach 10 years, just like the NES). Still, the Wii has more aces under their sleeve.

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

I just want a Wii with the graphics of a 360 and the option to play games without having to use the gimmick-stick. Heck, I'd be happy if that WAS the next gen console, even assuming Microsoft and Sony will expand beyond what they already have hardware-wise.

InsertWittyID
InsertWittyID

This is not really surprising to me. Nintendo's pursuit of reaching a wide audience with quality games at a relatively low entry fee is what makes the Wii and DS the systems that they are. I'm not really one for either Nintendo bashing or Nintendo fanboyism. They're not really better or worse than Microsoft or Sony, they're just different.

playtimetech
playtimetech

wow, I think the present hardware version is very good now, it is shame to upgrade the hardware version if no better games come out.

Flint247
Flint247

I love how people assume that motion controls involve you only jumping around and wearing yourself out. If you have ACTUALLY USED a Wii, you would know a smart way to use the motion controls without wearing yourself out. ;)

DMLSLAT
DMLSLAT

I'm glad. I don't want to keep buying new systems. This gen's are just fine how they are.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

@capitalthoughts Actually, I know quite well what I speak of. My brother owns a Wii, which might I add collects dust because there is no good games on it. My mother uses it for Wii fit, otherwise its a paper weight. I have played on it myself and I personally think it is a boring, bad quality game and gimmick console. I write a comment about Nintendo because I am well informed and would not make a comment unless I knew what I was talking about. I base my opinion on facts that I see and process. I read about all areas of gaming to be educated, hence my opinion. That is why I say I have no interest in Nintendo and find it boring. Everything I read, see, and hear about Nintendo bores me, but I still read to be educated. Both the games you mentioned are of no interest to me, not my kind of game as are 99% of all Wii games. I only enjoy playing games with a controller, not some motion sensing device, or jumping around a room like an ape.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

i sau there's still a few years (or more) of motion sensing fun left in the wii, and hopefully the next Nintendo system will have motion sensing controllers as well, but better hardware specs...

Flint247
Flint247

Good, because I didn't feel like buying another Wii anytime soon. And all this Wii hate is going too far.