New Nintendo Wii Model Expected to Arrive for Holidays

Apparently, Nintendo has applied for a new universal product code in the U.S., meaning that the manufacturer had changed certain features of its highly-successful Wii game console. Speculation is leaning towards either DVD playback functionality, something which the company promised to do ahead of the launch, or a product bundle consisting of games and/or new game controllers and, perhaps, new colour of the console. Nintendo set the recommended retail price of the Wii at Â¥25 000 (about $204) in Japan, $249 in the U.S. and €249 ($342) in Europe.

Anyone care to take a guess at what the Japanese game maker has under its sleeve?

News source: Xbit Laboratories

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i think they could do a software update to open up DVD playback as i bet the machine has all the **** already there macro vision and everything now that said the Wii runs @ 729 MHz nd it has an ATI graphics card witch i am sure is more then capable to decode mpeg 2 video

The last time Nintendo talked about DVD playback, they said that it would not happen. Now, whether or not it's true, I would REALLY like a DVD video upgrade. I like the minimalist approach, so a TV + Wii is much better than TV + Wii + GameCube + DVD player.

I just want multiplayer games. Wiiconnect24 is pointless without it. And inside-house networking, to play MP games on 2 seperate tvs+wiis

Sounds like a lot of people have been holding out for a black Wii. I too went without one last Christmas just because i really want a black one. It would be nice if they introduced a more powerful Wii (or one with DVD playback), but color is much more important to me.

I have been waiting patiently for a black console for awhile now. That is the only reason I have yet to buy one. I could care less about the dvd playback because I already have 5 dvd players in my home. I bought Zelda when it first came out eventhough I dont have a Wii. It is still sealed in the package until I get a black console.

So would that mean the older models become cheaper? Or would they keep them both the same price giving no real incentive to buy the old one? Or scrap the old one altogether?

May be the new model will come with a chipset more nasty that the d2c chipset, so a old models must keep a high value over the newest model.

The thing can do 480p max anyways. DVD playback would be pretty substandard compared to current players.

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-bYtE said,#12.1]DVD is running at 480p by default...

In the world of DVD players that include upscalers now, this is not a 'big' announcement.

the dvd playback wii hasn't even been released in Japan yet which as far as Nintendo said is going to be the only region with it for the time being, just like they did with the gamecube. I'm thinking that it's going to be a new color, hopefully finally black. All year I'm almost positivie (opinion incoming) that Nintendo has shorting the consoles they really could make each month for two reasons, either to brace themselves for the Holiday season or they were making the new color all along. If you figure that the Wii has been averaging 350k in sales each month and it might sell 1 million or something like that in November or December, where do you think that extra 700k would have magically appeared from? I never bought that bull they were spouting about being a full capacity right now.

yay for the wii homebrew scene...

apparently the official nintendo line on dvd playback is that it "requires more than a firmware update" according to the wikipedia article on the wii?

carmatic said,
yay for the wii homebrew scene...

apparently the official nintendo line on dvd playback is that it "requires more than a firmware update" according to the wikipedia article on the wii?

Yes, it will require more licensing, macrovision and such.

it's none of that.

The only difference will be that they will include the wii remote jackets inside the box. a change in contents of the box requires a new product code.

there is no evidence coming from a nintendo source that DVD playback will be included, or that a new model would be needed for this out of the box

nintendo can push out an update for the wii via the net connection to get dvd playback on the wii.

if you hear anything to the contrary... WITH EVIDENCE/SOURCES... let me know.

whYeNQue said,
it's none of that.

The only difference will be that they will include the wii remote jackets inside the box. a change in contents of the box requires a new product code.

there is no evidence coming from a nintendo source that DVD playback will be included, or that a new model would be needed for this out of the box

nintendo can push out an update for the wii via the net connection to get dvd playback on the wii.

if you hear anything to the contrary... WITH EVIDENCE/SOURCES... let me know.


If you wan't to make your opinion known, thats fine. But come on dude, practise what you preach and don't be a hypocrite. You just spouted out a load of "facts", then you went on to tell anyone who wanted to contradict you to quote their sources, yet you didn't bother quoting any sources for your own information.

Also you assume the Wii is powerful enough to handle full frame DVD decoding in software. I don't know this is the case, do you have quotes/links/messages from beyond to back that up?

TCLN Ryster said,

If you wan't to make your opinion known, thats fine. But come on dude, practise what you preach and don't be a hypocrite. You just spouted out a load of "facts", then you went on to tell anyone who wanted to contradict you to quote their sources, yet you didn't bother quoting any sources for your own information.

Also you assume the Wii is powerful enough to handle full frame DVD decoding in software. I don't know this is the case, do you have quotes/links/messages from beyond to back that up?

Why wouldn't it be able to...? As someone already mentioned, it's more powerful that previous generation consoles that could play DVDs. Just because it doesn't play Blu-Ray or HD DVD doesn't equate to not being able to play DVDs. As someone else noted, Wii games are on standard DVDs.

hahah yeah they are hard to get a hands on sometimes aye... lol...

I thought the Wii could play dvd's/. after all arnt the dics DVD's them self?

The fact that it can read DVD-ROM data has no bearing on wether it can play DVD Video content from those DVD-ROMs (essentially thats all DVDs are. DVD-ROMs with Video files written to them).

Is the processor in the Wii powerful enough to handle software DVD Video decoding? (in which case DVD video playback will come via a software update for all Wii users), or does it need a dedicated chip? (in which case a new model will be needed).

TCLN Ryster said,
The fact that it can read DVD-ROM data has no bearing on wether it can play DVD Video content from those DVD-ROMs (essentially thats all DVDs are. DVD-ROMs with Video files written to them).

Is the processor in the Wii powerful enough to handle software DVD Video decoding? (in which case DVD video playback will come via a software update for all Wii users), or does it need a dedicated chip? (in which case a new model will be needed).

Of course it's powerful enough. Just because the Wii isn't the most powerful console of this generation doesn't mean it's extremely weak overall. It's more powerful than the previous generation's consoles and 2 of those had DVD playback.

TCLN Ryster said,
The fact that it can read DVD-ROM data has no bearing on wether it can play DVD Video content from those DVD-ROMs (essentially thats all DVDs are. DVD-ROMs with Video files written to them).

Is the processor in the Wii powerful enough to handle software DVD Video decoding? (in which case DVD video playback will come via a software update for all Wii users), or does it need a dedicated chip? (in which case a new model will be needed).

It wouldn't be handled in software necessarily.

The Wii uses an ATi graphics chip. ATi makes some of the best hardware decoding options for mpeg2 video.

I'd like to see 4 things in a new Wii (list is ordered by importance to me):

4. More color options
3. DVD playback
2. More than a day worth of stock in the stores. ;)
1. Wireless nunchuck! My arm span is twice the length of the wire.


#2 has prevented me from buying one of the current models on at least 3 occasions.

GreyWolfSC said,
I'd like to see 4 things in a new Wii (list is ordered by importance to me):
1. Wireless nunchuck! My arm span is twice the length of the wire.

Great, but what game would require you to spread your arms that far?

Joel said,
Great, but what game would require you to spread your arms that far?

Some sort of flying game, maybe. That would be a cool game IMO.

Like Dodgy said, I'd much rather see new colours than DVD playback. I sold my Wii about 6 months ago and would buy it again if a black version was released.

Microsoft came out with a beefed up version of it's 360.
Sony came out with a crippled version of it's PS3.
Going by this logic, Nintendo will offer the exact same thing in a different box.

Kushan said,
Microsoft came out with a beefed up version of it's 360.
Sony came out with a crippled version of it's PS3.
Going by this logic, Nintendo will offer the exact same thing in a different box.

well..i think the wiis already perfectly priced etc
so adding a more appealing look to it wudnt hurt

im pretty sure they said they'd have dvd playback by the end of this year, so its fairly likely. However i'd much rather see some new colours.