Nintendo sees life yet in the Wii

Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:58pm EDT
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By Franklin Paul

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd, confident that its Wii will stand up against rivals Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp, says it feels no pressure to reinvent the pioneering motion-sensing games platform.

President Satoru Iwata said that despite decelerating sales growth, there is life yet in the Wii and that updates of popular games like Metroid, Donkey Kong and Wii Party will keep it moving off store shelves.

But Nintendo keenly understands the importance of getting third-party game developers on board early, much like the participation enjoyed by the 3DS -- the 3D-capable mobile gaming device announced on Tuesday.

"I do not think that there is an immediate need to replace the Wii console. But of course, at some point in the future, the need will arise," Iwata said through a translator on the sidelines of the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles.

"We currently do not have an answer as to what point in the future that need will come."

The Wii -- which employs a stick-like controller that doubles as everything from a tennis racket to a baseball bat in games -- popularized motion gaming and has brought casual users into the gaming population in past years.

But that success was hard-won, Iwata said.

"When we first launched the DS and the Wii, very few people thought that we would have the success that we have had so far. Because of that, Nintendo had no choice but to try to create that market for those two platforms ourselves," he said.   Continued...