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Pachter "absolutely convinced" Wii HD is on the way

Nintendo needs to convince partners Wii is more than just a toy for parents, says analyst

Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has said that he's certain a high definition version of Nintendo's Wii home console will be released.

Nintendo needs to recapture the market for core gamers and overcome the image it's cultivated as a console for parents and children, said the analyst, speaking to AFP.

"Nintendo has to overcome that," said Pachter of the lack of hardcore titles in development for the Wii from third-party publishers.

"A Wii HD would really position Nintendo well, which is why I'm absolutely convinced there is a Wii HD coming.

"Businesswise, they can't have people saying that their machine is a toy for my mom," he added.

Last week, a report by respected journalist John Davison suggested that Wii HD was already being shown to developers and publishers, with Nintendo pencilling in a release for 2011.

According to the report, the Wii HD would be a true successor to the Wii, not just an upgrade, and feature high-definition visuals, more emphasis on digital distribution and a larger storage solution.

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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