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Official concept art of Revolution in various colors

Official Wii Remotes on display at E3 2006 - Image courtesy Kotaku

An artist mock-up of a Wii Remote charging dock - Image courtesy IGN

Fan art showing what a possible Metroid Prime 3 bundled Wii could look like - Image by Sardu of Nintendo Forums

Fan art showing what a retro-themed NES throwback Wii could look like - Image by Sardu of Nintendo Forums
The Wii may see a hardware revisions sooner than expected

Video game consoles are essentially a closed platform. Once the hardware is finalized, the specifications usually remain the same throughout the lifecycle. There have been little tweaks here and there with home consoles towards the end of their life cycles, such as slimmer and smaller PlayStations, but game systems usually keep to the status quo.

Handhelds are a different story, however, as Nintendo has written the book on how to reinvent and redesign portable systems. Nintendo clearly realizes the profit potential of incrementally improving its hardware—not so much as to introduce new functionality, but to increase usability—so that customers may even buy the same system twice.

The most recent example of this is the Nintendo DS, which saw an initial release form of a bulky, sturdy folding brick, and later reinvented into the DS Lite, a sleek, shiny iPod-like fun machine. Considering Nintendo’s great success with this strategy, it should not be surprising to learn that the games maker is plotting a similar strategy for the Wii, perhaps even earlier than most expected.

In an interview, GameDaily asked Nintendo of America  VP Perrin Kaplan if the ‘hardware revision model’ would apply to the Wii, to which she replied succinctly, “Sure, absolutely. You'll see the ways in which we do that.”

Kaplan’s assertive but tight-lipped answer points to more than just adding something like DVD video playback. In fact, a DVD movie-enabled Wii has already been announced for release later this year. Kaplan comments on the DVD playback as something minor in the scheme for Wii: “I think it's just to give them a choice. We've not yet come out with a firm date; we haven't talked about it too much. It's not the top thing on our list.” When asked if DVD video capability was part of the plans for a new Wii hardware revision, Kaplan says, “There are always lots of things in the future.”

The Nintendo marketing VP isn’t showing any of her cards, but one thing is for sure: there will be another Wii. The obvious things that Nintendo would do to make the Wii more attractive are add new colors, increase its internal flash memory, include rechargeable batteries for Wii Remotes and component cables. There isn’t much merit to making the console any slimmer or lighter, and high definition support isn’t likely to happen.

The Wii is attaining mass-market appeal, much like the iPod. It may only be a matter of time before Nintendo adopts Apple’s hardware redesign strategy.



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Apple's hardware redesign strategy???
By rdeegvainl on 2/23/2007 8:06:32 AM , Rating: 2
I think that entire last paragraph is kinda odd, Considering how they were talking about Nintendo already doing this kind of thing on there handhelds. But anyways, I might actually get this console though, if I can find one with that Retro look. That is sweet!




RE: Apple's hardware redesign strategy???
By the taxman on 2/23/2007 8:11:47 AM , Rating: 2
yeah i like the retro looking one too and with the classic controler it would look even better if it got retrofied i used to play nes all the time and i would much like the dvd playback considering the wii is like the only system out there that doesnt have it and upgrading the v memory would be a huge plus


RE: Apple's hardware redesign strategy???
By lufoxe on 2/23/2007 9:03:14 AM , Rating: 2
if you really want it, and have a wii you can find that here

http://www.decalgirl.com/browse.cfm/4,5221.htm

call me crazy: I'd rather spend the money on a decal then have to repurchase the system over again.


By R Nilla on 2/23/2007 9:15:42 AM , Rating: 2
Too bad that decal's design doesn't look as good, or make as much sense, as the fan art depicted above. The black stripe and the gray bottom are in the wrong places.


RE: Apple's hardware redesign strategy???
By Houdani on 2/23/2007 9:30:06 AM , Rating: 3
Retro looks great, much better than the Metroid one ... particularly since the artwork on the Metroid Wiimote is (ahem) upside down.


By jay401 on 2/24/2007 12:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yes the Retro style would be a big seller!


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