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Fils-Aime: Wii has "very long life in front of it"

NoA president denies company is preparing to announce updated hardware

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that a new Nintendo console or an update to the Wii will not be announced in the coming months.

Speaking to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fils-Aime quashed speculation the company would announce new hardware at this year's GDC, saying "We are confident the Wii home entertainment console has a very long life ahead of it."

Following a slowing of sales for Nintendo last year, and ahead of Sony and Microsoft's launch of their own motion technologies, analysts had predicted Nintendo would announce its own hardware update shortly - probably in the form of HD support.

But Nintendo has remained firm in its stance that sales will be regenerated by a fuller software release schedule and by innovations such as the Wii Vitality Sensor, due in late 2010.

It was confirmed yesterday that Netflix would be coming to the Wii in spring - a service that gives users the opportunity to stream films via their consoles, and one that is already available through the Xbox 360. The move is one of Nintendo's few to date into the realms of multimedia outside of gaming.