Nintendo Says No More First-Party Wii Games In Development
Nintendo said that there are no more original Wii games currently in development by the company, according to director of product marketing Bill Trinen.
In an interview with GameSpot, Trinen said that although there is still a lot of opportunity for sales on the Wii , but that internally Nintendo is not developing games for the six-year-old system.
"Wii itself is really interesting because there are so many people who have that system and know what that system is that there's still a lot of opportunity for software sales on Wii," he told GameSpot the day before the Wii U launch. "A lot of that consumer is somebody who is looking for...good games.
Trinen also believes that consumers might still purchase the Wii at the right price point.
"So whether it's things like Nintendo Selects or a lot of the users also are still using their Wii to deliver Netflix content," Trinen said. "I think there's also the potential for a lot of people who still haven't purchased Wii, believe it or not, who might be interested at the right price. So we'll probably be looking at it more from that standpoint."'
The Wii launch six years ago on Nov. 19, 2006 and was a huge hit and was responsible for bringing motion controls back to home consoles. As of September 2012, the Wii has shipped 97.18 million units worldwide, according to Nintendo.
In a 2011 interview Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto spoke about why it was time for the Wii's successor and noted that the Wii's lack of high-definition was one of the biggest reasons for the Wii U.
"But one of the key reasons that such things as the core and the casuals exist today is that we decided not to adopt HD on the Wii console," Miyamoto said. "Of course, besides that there are things like issues with the controller and the challenges that it brings, network functionalities and many other things, but I think HD was the biggest factor that everyone was able to clearly understand the difference."
Gamers can currently pick up a Nintendo Wii console for $129.99 and packed with Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. An extra Wii remote is still pretty pricy at $39.99.
The Nintendo Wii U is available now in North America and comes in two versions: a "Basic" white-colored version with 8 GB of internal Flash storage for $299.99 and a Deluxe black-colored version with 32 GB of Flash storage, which includes stand and docks for $349.99.
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