Nintendo's Wii has followed different rules than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 since it launched, focusing early on on interface and family-friendly titles rather than graphics and expanded hardware capabilities. That hasn't kept speculators from predicting a hi-def upgrade, however. One analyst in particular, Michael Pachter of Wedbush Morgan Securities, believes that a Wii HD may be coming as early as next year. Nintendo says no.
"Michael continues to be the only one who believes that this is gonna happen," Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Amie told Gametrailers TV. "I don't know how forcefully we can say there is no Wii HD."
If that wasn't enough to kill hopes, Fils-Amie further added an emphatic "No" when asked directly if there would be a Wii HD in 2010.
Whether those denials will have more longevity than Nintendo's similar DS Lite denial prior to that system's launch in 2006 remains to be seen. But for now, their stance appears to be completely opposed to HD-ifying the Wii anytime soon.
The DS, which will go through its third evolutionary transition in 2010 with the release of the DSi XL, seems to be Nintendo's research and development focus for now, but seeing so many generations emerge from one handheld device does raise the question of what the company's console teams have been doing next door in recent years.
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