Next Wii hardware “needs something new”

Next to calling Apple’s iPad just “a bigger iPod Touch” last week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata also said the next Wii — or whatever it’ll be called — will have to be more than a simple high definition upgrade to ensure people would actually buy it — a thought that Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime has agreed with in the past.

Now Iwata has touched upon the subject once more, though this time while speaking with investors. “If asked if making the Wii compatible with high definition — just making it compatible with high resolution — will get players throughout the world to buy it, I would of course say: ‘Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new,'” he said, making it clear that a simple Wii HD won’t do.

Whatever the new hardware will bring, Nintendo’s engineers are apparently already working on it to some extent.