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Iwata rules out Wii price cut, next console a long way off
By Brendan Sinclair, Takeshi Hiraoka, GameSpot
Posted Aug 4, 2009 12:17 pm PT


Nintendo president says Wii Music, Animal Crossing disappoint with 2.65M, 3.38M sales, explains rationale behind Vitality Sensor, and still-forming plans for the system's successor.

In light of declining Wii sales, analysts have been projecting a price cut for the system for months. However, Nintendo has stood its ground, refusing to drop the price on its latest console, which has retailed in the US for $249.99 since its launch in November 2006.

Still waiting for a price drop to pick one up?

In a transcript of Nintendo's post-earnings conference call translated by GameSpot, Iwata said there were no plans for price cuts at the moment, saying that price hasn't been the reason for declining hardware sales. Instead, he pointed to weakness in the system's recent lineup of titles. For example, in the same quarter that Nintendo launched Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii last year, the publisher had no major releases.

Nintendo expects that situation to be remedied shortly, as the company's slate for the rest of the year is being forecast favorably against last year's launches. Iwata said that last year's big Wii launches in the back half of the year--Wii Music and Animal Crossing: City Folk--failed to live up to expectations, selling 2.65 million and 3.38 million copies worldwide, respectively. By contrast, the publisher expects its 2009 lineup--the recently released Wii Sports Resort and the upcoming Wii Fit Plus and New Super Mario Bros. Wii--to each surpass the 10 million units sold worldwide milestone in its current fiscal year (12 months ending March 31, 2010).

Iwata also shed a little light on the company's decision to pursue the Wii Vitality Sensor pulse-monitoring peripheral. He said the company likes to challenge itself with such unproven concepts at least every two years, and explained the reasoning behind the sensor's E3 unveiling.

"At this year's E3, there was a danger that we were being perceived as a company that creates many sequels," Iwata said, adding, "As a time frame, we would like to bring this to [retail] not too late into next year but as mentioned before, in software, the last bit of effort is very important so we'd like to withhold a exact time frame."

Looking beyond the Wii, Iwata answered a question about the next generation of Nintendo console hardware, and how it won't be coming any time soon.

"We [don't believe] we are currently approaching the end of a cycle and must start thinking about releasing the next piece of hardware at all," Iwata said. "And so we are not setting a determination on how long this console should remain active. Of course research into hardware is ongoing and we are developing the next console. When we determine that the ideas of our employees match the flow of the world and we can provide the appropriate amount of stock at a reasonable price, that is when we can start talking about when to release the next piece of hardware. But we feel that this is not something that will happen at any time in the near future."
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There are a few good games coming out at the end of the year and the beginning of next year, mostly Nintendo games, but they will sell systems as usual and they are making money off each system sold.

I'm not surprised they aren't dropping the price, but maybe they'll do what they did with the Gamecube and add a "free" $50 game, which sold me on buying a Gamecube (Zelda WW with OoT and MQ)...

That would be a bright move, IMSHO...
 

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No big loss, really.

It would be really bad for Nintendo if they "misplaced" their master copies of Wii Sports and "accidentally" deleted all of their backups of it. It seems that for most buyers of this console, Wii Sports was their only reason in buying it in the first place.

So long as Wii Sports is still bundled with the console, it will continue to sell, even to people who don't care for video games at all.
 

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I think they're in the middle of a system selling boost now, with Monster Hunter Tri being released in Japan. It's a shame for them that it's not a system seller here, despite being a game for the true hardcore people out there.

Anyway, it's bloody overpriced for what you get, especially once you need more peripherals.
 

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I'll have to admit having to buy 2 "classic" controllers in order to play SNES/Neo Geo on the Wii didn't make me happy, but that's part of owning a Wii, just like XBOX 360 gamers have to pay for online and I'm sure there's some downside to being a PS3 gamer.

Still I like my Wii, more than my Gamecube, and the fact there's legal emulation for it trumps paying for extra controllers.
 

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Anyway, it's bloody overpriced for what you get, especially once you need more peripherals.
Ain't that the truth. I'm still debating weather to get one, but with them costing more than a 360 with 3 games attached I am still a little dubious. Oh well, smart move on nintendo's part, considering this thing is still selling like hotcakes.
 

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I'll have to admit having to buy 2 "classic" controllers in order to play SNES/Neo Geo on the Wii didn't make me happy, but that's part of owning a Wii, just like XBOX 360 gamers have to pay for online and I'm sure there's some downside to being a PS3 gamer.

Still I like my Wii, more than my Gamecube, and the fact there's legal emulation for it trumps paying for extra controllers.
No downsides to being a PS3 player, you do pay extra to get in the game and unless you really need a Blu-Ray remote.

Regardless, Nintendo should really do something about either the price or the value of the Wii. I have never seen any official bundles for the system, but then again Sony managed to sell the PS2 for 130 till very recently when the CG and XBOX could be had for under a 100.
 

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I'll have to admit having to buy 2 "classic" controllers in order to play SNES/Neo Geo on the Wii didn't make me happy, but that's part of owning a Wii, just like XBOX 360 gamers have to pay for online and I'm sure there's some downside to being a PS3 gamer.

Still I like my Wii, more than my Gamecube, and the fact there's legal emulation for it trumps paying for extra controllers.
are you sure you need classic controllers? my brother's wii supports using cube controllers on VC games fine.
 

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Either way that's $$$ to support 2 - 4 player games...

I have 2 Wavebirds as well, I paid ~ $20 for them as well....
 
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