Posts tagged: Console

Coming in 2011: Next-Gen Wii HD

authorMark | October 12, 2008

John Davidson over at broke the latest Wii rumor story last week: a Wii 2.0 HD console is in the works.

“High definition visuals are assured, as is a greater emphasis on digitally distributed and backwardly compatible content, indicating that the new system will feature some form of local storage medium such as a hard drive or large flash memory solution. It has also been indicated that Nintendo’s emphasis is again on what the consumer will hold in their hands and interact with, rather than the “console” itself.”

This ain’t no “pretty it up a little and they’ll buy it” approach, either. Nintendo is spending some serious money in research & development.

“Based on figures from Nintendo’s annual financial reports, the company is currently spending more than ten times as much on research and development as it was five years ago, and since the Wii was launched in 2006, R&D spending has more than tripled. While this could be attributed to any number of additional projects, the level of spending suggests that a large project is in the works. In 2003, Nintendo declared that $34 million was spent on R&D. This figure steadily climbed to $103 million in 2006 (the year that the Wii launched) and the following year bumped dramatically to $370 million.”

The 3 way dogfight with Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony will only continue to push R&D spending over the coming years. At this rate, our current consoles will be compared to Pong in 10-15 years…

Wii Surpasses the Xbox 360, Becoming the New Console Leader

authorLukatoll | July 18, 2008

"Go PawPaw, Go!"

It’s a proud day for Wii owners around the globe. According to the latest NPD sales figures, Nintendo’s critically acclaimed Wii has surpassed Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in sales. Of course, the amazing thing about this is the 360 had a one year head start over the Wii, but nothing can stop the Wii’s popularity. Soccer moms and six year olds scoop the gaming system up like they’re hot cakes. This didn’t come as a suprise, many people along with reggie, predicted that the Wii would pass the 360 in sales very soon. Hit the jump for some sales figures.

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