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Fils-Aime: Wii HD is "far into the future"

NOA president says new generation will not be triggered by need for HD

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said that Nintendo won't introduce a Wii HD for some time, because a new console iteration would have to do more than simply offer HD.

"The way we at Nintendo do things is, you know, when we will move to a new generation, it's because there are some fundamental things the [current] console cannot do," he told Kotaku.

"What that says is that simply the addition of HD capability will not be the next step for us. There will be more to it. There will be additional capability. There will be additional elements, and, given that, it is far into the future."

Earlier this month, Shigeru Miyomoto acknowledged that customer's tastes are changing and the company cannot swim against the tide indefinitely.

"The customers' tastes will become more and more refined. Even today, many customers who have seen HD once say they cannot go back to SD," he said.

Fils-Aime added that he is "disappointed" that triple A games such as Modern Warfare 2 and Assassin's Creed might not be released on Wii.

"I think for those games, typically decisions are being made two years prior," he said. "And so the decisions two years ago were that those types of games would not be effective on the platform.

"But we've shown that that's just not the case. High quality, effectively marketed against our installed base will sell, period, end of story."

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