The next Wii ‘not just an HD upgrade,’ says Reggie

When it comes to the Wii’s visual quality it seems that Nintendo of America head honcho Reggie Fils-Aime isn’t too concerned, “Over 26 million consumers have bought a Wii, so the consumer is saying that, for them, the quality of the visual is not nearly as important as the overall entertainment – the overall value of that experience and that’s really what’s propelled us.” This is potentially why they’re not rushing new hardware to the factories and not worrying too much about a successor to the Wii in general.

When it comes to inevitable new hardware, Fils-Aime made it clear that visuals will not be the only thing getting an upgrade and that the Wii will be getting improvements all around. “In terms of what the future holds, we’ve gone on record to say that the next step for Nintendo in home console will not be to simply make it HD, but to add more and more capability.” He also reassured Wii owners that the life cycle of the current hardware is nowhere near tapped out, “We’ll do that when we totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii and we are nowhere near doing that yet, so lots of ongoing opportunity for the consumer in the current generation.”