Cubed³ found a topic on the NeoGaf forums where a guy named Rocked read Edge Magazine and found a whole bunch of interesting stuff about the Wii. It’s uncertain whether all of these statements below are entirely true since Nintendo hasn’t released much (if anything at all) to the public about these things.
One of the more interesting points in the list is obviously the fact that Nintendo might be planning to release a different version of the Wii where DVD playback is enabled. Haven’t they learned anything yet from the Gameboy Advance SP where early adopters get screwed over when a different, better version of the console is released? It appears not, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll go through with it since the Gamecube didn’t got a big overhaul.
Another interesting point is how the large retailer chains pushed the price of the Wii up to raise the margins and up the so-called ‘basket value’ (i.e., the amount of revenue generated from a customer’s overall purchases at the till). Previously Nintendo wanted to bring us the Wii for £150 and $200 but as we all know by now it’s £179 and $249. It’s not entirely certain the previous price included Wii Sports or not.
The rest of the quotes are listed below:
- CNN has signed up with Nintendo as the provider of news content on tne News Channel in American and Japan. News will be presented by category, but another way of getting to it is by spinning the weather globe to find stories in different countries
- Sega has moved a significant number of development staff from PS3 to Wii over the Summer
- Although Nintendo has removed DVD movie playback from the Wii, it plans to launch in Japan next year an enhanced Wii capable of such a feature
- Nintendo intended to bring Wii to shop shelves in the UK and US for £150 and $200, but became influenced by pressure from the larger retail chains, which raised concerns over margins and low so-called ‘basket value’ (ie, the amount of revenue generated from a customer’s overall purchases at the till)
- There are plenty of Wii Channel slots remaining to be filled
- Edge says that Wii Sports will be to Wii what Mario 64 was to the N64. Says golf has the best single player mode (no surprise) and boxing is their favourite overall.
- Laurent Fischer doesn’t expect the whole of society to immediately jump onto the Wii train, but this will gradually come with advertising, word of mouth etc.
- He says in Europe the DS has done a wonderful job of capturing the female gamer and the casual gamer, but getting the non-gamers still has some way to go yet. NOE’s goal is to get the DS selling as fast as it is in Japan where on a weekly basis they’re still not able to fulfil the demand, becaue they’re attracting such a broad audience.
- In Japan they were surprised by the strength of Animal Crossing’s sales and every week NOE says “WOW” at the sales. He said on the GameCube it only sold 150,000 in Europe but the DS game has already passed 850,000.
Only as time goes by we’ll see how much of these things actually turn out to be true.