Last week I wrote about the Wii and its deal with Netflix to stream movies. The thinking was that the Wii would also be offering HD to compliment the Netflix experience, but that doesn’t seem to be high on Nintendo’s list of what the Wii consumer wants.
In what I find are unbelievable statements, the CEO of Nintendo of America states that:
Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime has been talking about the streaming service that is coming to the Wii.
Reggie went on CNBC and said that Wii owners won’t miss the HD content available on the other game consoles via Netflix that the Wii won’t be capable of streaming. He said, ” …there is really no loss for the Wii consumer.”
He continued saying, “But, even more importantly than that, the consumer has voted. Over 26 million consumers have bought a Wii. The consumer is saying, for them, the quality of the visual is not nearly as important as the overall entertainment, the overall value of that experience and that is really, what has propelled us. In terms of what the future holds, we’ve gone on record to say the next step for Nintendo in terms of home consoles will not be simply to make it HD, but to add more and more capability and 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.”
Interesting statements. It seems that if consumers continue to buy the current Wii, Nintendo may have no intentions of upgrading its product. I believe an HD upgrade is overdue and would be a valuable asset to the Wii.
What about you? Does the Wii need a facelift?