Reggie Comments On Netflix Deal And Future Of Wii

By Spencer . January 13, 2010 . 4:34pm


The big news for Nintendo today is Netflix streaming and Reggie Fils-Aimé, CEO of Nintendo of America, went on CNBC to discuss the deal.


“First, off and I’m sure Reed [CEO of Netflix] would support this is, the vast majority of content that is available for streaming through Netflix is not HD content. So, there is really no loss for the Wii consumer –  the fact that they can’t get any HD content through our system,” said Fils-Aimé.


“But, even more importantly than that, the consumer has voted. Over 26 million consumers have bought a Wii. The consumer is saying, for them, the quality of the visual is not nearly as important as the overall entertainment, the overall value of that experience and that is really what has propelled us. In terms of what the future holds, we’ve gone on record to say the next step for Nintendo in terms of home consoles will not be simply to make it HD, but to add more and more capability and we’ll do that when we totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii and we are nowhere near doing that yet.”


What kind of experiences does Nintendo still have on the table? More Zelda, the Vitality sensor, possible edutainment software and maybe a squishy football controller.

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  • Kunio_kun

    “What kind of experiences does Nintendo still have on the table?”

    – How about actually utilizing the Wii Motion Plus? It’s collecting as much dust as my Wii Zapper…

    • Aoshi00

      Right, what is the use of releasing and improving on the motion sensor if no good games are using them, like the DSi, cough… play Tiger Wood’s Golf or taking pictures of my pet and adding a Mario ‘stache?

  • NINTENDOwn’d! Thats what Reggie just did.

    • daizyujin

      You realize that was totally rediculous?

  • He has a solid point about entertainment over visual for HD, for someone like me, at least. That’s fine for now, but people will eventually catch up to it.

    At this point, though, am I off in thinking that they’re trying to stay in the spotlight with what they can bring to media’s attention? It’s great that they’re bringing the system up to speed a bit, I’m sure a lot of people in my position would be willing to try the Netflix service, but if they’re really trying to bring their A game to the console tug-a-war I would just think that putting a greater focus on games and what that could do would be the best way to go on the long run.

    I understand what Reggie was saying last time about competitors and such, but Nintendo still made headlines with the latest Mario game, not something else, know what I mean? There’s so much they can do, yet, can’t or won’t.

    • Avojavo

      I’d love to see more quality games being released for the Wii, but I’d prefer if there was more that came from other developers. Only 2 of the games I own for the Wii don’t come from Nintendo (I only own 6).

      But that boils down to Nintendo making deals with the other game developers for more Wii support. Those take time, then the developers making games take time, etc.

      But in the meantime, I see Nintendo reaching to Netflix as a positive sign of them reaching beyond their Miyamoto fountain of wealth to other compaines.

      • Joanna

        Sure, 3rd party support on the Wii isn’t that great, but I think you may be missing some great games if you only have 2 third party games. :/ But maybe you don’t like the genres of the existent games?

  • freakapotamus

    if they didn’t charge the same price as the PS3 or Xbox version of the game which has superior gfx and usually with other functions missing then it wouldn’t be so bad. But of course this never happens. Also I would like to know of the 26 million people who bought the wii, who still has it or uses it? I for one gave mine away and my friends either don’t use it or have done the same.

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