No Wii successor “any time soon,” says Dunaway

Thursday, 25th February 2010 08:07 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s marketing head, has told Gamespot that a Wii follow-on will be “ready when the time is right,” but you shouldn’t be holding your breath just yet.

“I don’t think it’ll be any time soon,” she said, speaking at the Nintendo Media Summit in California yesterday.

“Even though our installed base is, at this point, 5 million households larger than the PS2 was at the same point in its lifecycle, [Wii] still has a lot of room to grow.

“If you think of [with] PS2, there’s been about 50 million sold, Wii [is] close to 28 million sold; that says to me that’s there’s still a big audience out there that we can access with Wii.”

The exec offered the now well-worn caveat, though, that Nintendo is always developing new systems.

“That said, part of Nintendo’s heritage is to always be looking at innovation, and to always start working on the next hardware every time we launch a platform, so we’ll have it ready when the time is right.”

A Wii successor aside, rumour surrounding a significant DS upgrade is gathering pace, with growing rumour claiming the firm will come clean at E3.

You can watch the full interview below, and get the rest of the news from the Media Summit here.



  1. freedoms_stain

    I think a new Nintendo console any time soon (within 2-3 years) would be ill advised.

    The Wii is still making a lot of money for Nintendo (even if it’s not making any for 3rd party developers) so they may as well ride the cash cow until it starts to show signs of slowing down. A few decent 1st party releases every year is really all they need to keep the console ticking over.

    I don’t think people are all that keen on splurging yet more cash on a premium cost console either at the moment. There’s a lack of job security and people are holding on to their cash.

    Plus it’d have to significantly out-do the PS3 and 360 as they stand right now, which is in a very strong place.

    If Nintendo are to release a new console it has to be closer to when Microsoft and Sony are thinking about releasing theirs.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Progguitarist

    God, she is just awful really.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Tonka

    You have to be Pachter to believe there is a Wii HD on the way in 2010.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. JonFE

    Problem is that, on many recent occasions Nintendo refuted rumors of new hardware being introduced soon, only for them to be officially announced a day after.


    #4 5 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    A price drop – check.

    New HD out put – check.

    But no new system – check.

    However, when the new systems roll in for the next gen, I expect Nintendo be at the forefront of that wave. I think MS will anounce and unviel first, but Nintendo might very well beat them to market. I bet Sony sticks in this gen the longest with thier PS3, remembering how long it took for the PS2 to die, yet not understanding that the PS3 is no PS2 and seing sales drop off sharply.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Alakratt

    This is coming from the same company that’s releasing a new DS almost every year, released numerious GB models.

    #6 5 years ago

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