Wedbush: Wii HD could “seriously damage” a PS3 “comeback”

Tuesday, 30th June 2009 11:59 GMT By Patrick Garratt


It’s the report that keeps on giving. Wedbush Morgan’s exhaustive state-of-the-Union paper – Money for Nothing: How Ancillary Revenues Can Extend The Console Cycle – reckons a 2010 launch of an HD Wii SKU could bang PS3′s “comeback” chances right up the chuff.

The company also reckons we’re likely to see a Wiimote with built-in MotionPlus.

From the document:

Our vision is that Nintendo will wait until the cost of a console with technical specifications similar to the Xbox 360 (1080p output at 60 frames per second) is sufficiently low that it can launch close to the $199.99 price point. We would expect such a console to be fully backward compatible with the current Wii, but would expect the new console to have additional features and functionality. It is possible that Nintendo will redesign the existing Wii controller (the “Wiimote”) to include builtin Wii Motion Plus, and also possible that the Wii Plus (our best guess for the name of the Wii HD) will include a hard drive.

In our view, if Nintendo can offer such a device by year-end 2010, it will be in a position to seriously damage Sony’s chances of a comeback this cycle. We would expect publishers to support such a move, given that the cost of porting an Xbox 360 game to the new Wii Plus HD format would likely be lower than the cost of building a ground up Wii game (we estimate under $5 million). Should Nintendo be able to convince publishers like EA and Take-Two that the Wii Plus should be supported by the entire EA Sports catalog and by the next installment of Grand Theft Auto, it should be in a position to successfully convince consumers that the Wii Plus is the last console they will ever need to purchase.

Want some more from the report? Good. Because there’s an epic amount yet to go.



  1. Syrok

    By then 500 million people will own a Wii and most of them probably won’t be interested in buying a new one. Those that already own a 360 or PS3 most likely won’t be interested either since their consoles have some sort of waggle by then, too. :)

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dannybuoy

    Prize for Wedbush Morgan for stating the bleedin obvious… So they also make names up for consoles now then too? Wii Plus. Good one guys… how did you think of that?!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Blerk

    What a lovely turn of phrase “could bang PS3’s “comeback” chances right up the chuff” is! :-D

    I still think they’re all barking up completely the wrong tree with this ‘Wii HD’ thing. Why on Earth would Nintendo ever want to launch a new console next year? How many of their gazillion purchasers are actually dissatisfied with the machine not actually being HD? How many of them even know that it isn’t already?

    There’s precisely “bugger all” chance of a Wii HD in the near future.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Dannybuoy

    500 million wiis! Jesus.. imagine how much dust that equates to! ;-)

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Yeah Wish in one hand, shit in another see which one fills up first there Nintendo.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Wii HD? Sound like a crap idea to me. Nintendo should just focus on their new system and finnaly catch up with current gen graphics…

    #6 5 years ago
  7. freedoms_stain

    I wish someone would pay me to pull shit out of the air and call it a prediction.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Hero of Canton

    Wii HD actually makes a lot of sense, which is why it won’t happen. Or at least not until PS3 starts seriously eating into Nintendo’s lead (if that happens at any stage).

    #8 5 years ago

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