Nintendo says Wii U won’t spell end of Wii era

It’s common knowledge that talk is cheap, but right now Nintendo is saying that they will continue to support the original Wii even after its successor, the Wii U is released next year. This is the same company that said that Game Boy Advance would continue to be relevant when the DS came out, so please take this news with a grain of salt.

That said, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime believes that a lower priced Wii fill find new customers. “This is the first holiday that the Wii is available at $149.99 or below, so it’s an expanded demographic we’re reaching,” he said. “These are consumers who have heard about Wii for the past couple years, but at $199 or $249 it was economically out of their reach.”

Fils-Aime suggests that the pricing and software on the Wii U will be different enough to set it apart as something other than a direct upgrade of Wii. “We haven’t announced pricing for Wii U, but you can definitely expect that pricing is going to be different and that the games are going to be different. We do believe that Wii and Wii U will coexist for some time.”

We’re sure that both consoles will technically coexist for some time, but already software support for Wii is waning. Now that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has been released, can we really expect anything exciting from Wii in the future?

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