Sega of America's Constantine Hantzopoulos sat down with 1UP to discuss matters of computer game importance on its recent podcast, and spilled his thoughts on a potential 'Wii HD'.
When asked if Sega would be interested in a next-gen, high-definition Wii console and whether it would be the right move for Nintendo, Hantzopoulos suggested that the current model would likely see a price cut instead, to combat a slump in profits.
“You can obviously see that profits are down for Nintendo. I think the Wii is on its tail slide, unless they drop the price to like 80 bucks then you’ll start seeing it flying off the shelves. And I believe they’ll still make money if they drop it to 80 bucks… Point being is they have the ability to lower the price on the Wii [...] where Sony and Microsoft cannot do that.” Hantzopoulos said.
No response was made of the 'Wii HD' comment however, with Hantzopoulos indicating that he isn't sure what Nintendo has in store for 2010. “The interesting thing [about] Nintendo [is] they make money off of every console they sell. I think one of the big things that we found out is [that] it really is a mass market product.”
Could be that a tweak of the existing strategy may be all that's required to keep the Wii fresh in people's minds (and hands). Either way, we wonder if Nintendo will be slapping Sega with its pimp hand for speaking out of line next time it sees it.