Nintendo Wii Not Dead says Reggie

Nintendo won't stop selling the original unit

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Nintendo Wii Not Dead says Reggie
Apparently, despite news of the launch of the Wii U in November (and December in Japan), Nintendo will continue to sell the Wii.

Well, with more than a month to go before launch (November 18th in the USA, 30th in Europe and December 8th in Japan), and Wii inventory still in the shops, that's not a huge surprise. However, Nintendo America president and CEO Reggie Fils-Aime appears to be indicating that the old Wii systems will continue to be sold after the launch of the new product.

Speaking at an investor Q&A at the New York launch of Wii U, Reggie said, "We will continue to sell the Wii. In the US, the Wii has sold about 40 million units. We believe that there continues to be an opportunity with the Wii.

"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."

Despite his responsibility for the Americas (and Canada) he's Reggie also has a word or two to say about the rest of the world, "On a global base, 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."

Source: Engadget


GL 14 Sep 2012 13:06
This makes perfect business sense. The wii has had it's time in the wealthier countries, but it can do well in poorer countries when sold cheap enough. If people in such countries cannot afford the wii at existing prices, it's doubtful that they can afford HD tvs. Therefore, the wii's lack of HD shouldn't be a problem in such places.
DrkStr 14 Sep 2012 13:19
Makes sense, Sony are still selling the PS2, it's still outselling the 360 in Japan!
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