Nintendo: We Could Be Stuck With the Wii for 8 More Years

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The Xbox 360 is less than halfway done, and the PS3 is a "ten year" console. But what about Wii? Satoru Iwata says new hardware could come "three years from now, five years from now or eight years from now."

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Dear lord. Eight years with no HD and a processor that won't allow the new Super Mario Bros. on Wii to feature online play?

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On the HD front, Iwata says, "If we have an opportunity to make a new console, it will probably support HD because it is now common throughout the world. However, as far as the Wii is concerned, we have not found a significant reason to make it HD-compatible at this time. What is the significant meaning to the users? I don't think we should do it unless we find that reason."

Ashcraft notes that Japan stops analog broadcasting in 2011, so he's suspecting we'll actually see a new Nintendo console sometime before—so more like three years. [VentureBeat via Kotaku]

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

With Microsoft and Sony closing the gap between heavy gamer device and happy-funtime accessory console, the Wii would experience a great deal of turbulence in less than half that time. 3 years is certainly doable, unless the other two suddenly close the gap completely with lots of time-killer games that use motion controls. Nintendo would be stupid to let the Wii stagnate that long.