‘Nintendo isn’t abandoning original Wii’ – Reggie details plans

By Dave Cook, Friday, 14 September 2012 08:17 GMT

Nintendo may be gearing up to launch Wii U in November – check release dates in your region here – but it won’t be ditching support of the original Wii any time soon. Nintendo of America head Reggi Fils-Aime put investors at ease following yesterday’s Nintendo Direct festivities.

Engadget reported on the address, in which Fils-Aime stated, “We will continue to sell the Wii. As we sit here today, in the US the Wii has sold about 40 million units. We believe that there continues to be an opportunity with Wii.”

“Yes, these are late, late adopters,” he continued, “and yes, price points are important. But we do believe there’s still opportunity for the Wii, and we will continue to sell Wii side-by-side for some period of time.”

fils-Aime continued, “I’m responsible for Canada and Latin America as well. We think there’s opportunity in both of those markets, especially Latin America. You can reach price points, you can reach consumers that candidly we won’t be able to reach with the Wii U. That’s gonna continue to be an opportunity.

“Lastly, on the global base,” he concluded, “certainly there are markets in Eastern Europe. There are a number of other markets where if Wii has an attractive price point, it’ll do well. So, we will continue to be in the Wii business for quite some time.”

Thanks MCV.

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