There's no way of knowing how far off the announcement of a successor to the Wii actually is, but new comments from Nintendo boss Saturo Iwata suggest that when the machine does arrive it will pack more than simply a high-definition upgrade.
If asked if making the Wii compatible with high definition – just making it compatible with high resolution – will get players throughout the world to buy it, I would of course say 'do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new',” Iwata told investors, as spotted by CVG.
If there were no rival makers in the world, I could give examples of the things that we are considering. However, for competitive reasons, I cannot give specifics today on the what or when of the things we're considering.”
Talk of the Wii HD first emerged late last year when Nintendo's lead designer Shigeru Miyamoto admitted that HD is becoming increasingly important to consumers.
Indeed, analyst Michael Pachter has become notorious for his persistent claims that Wii HD is finished and ready for launch.