Video game consoles are essentially a closed platform, hardware upgrades do happen but they are usually minor due to compatibility reasons. Nintendo usually does not follow this rule with portable systems, as we've seen with the DS and the DS Lite. Nintendo is quite aware about the advantages of such a move; sales have gone through the roof with the DS Lite. Is something similar on the way for the already succesful Wii? 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."
In fact, a DVD movie-enabled Wii has already been announced for release later this year. And yet, 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." DailyTech speculates that the Wii could gain new colors, more internal flash memory, included rechargeable batteries for Wii Remotes as well as component cables. In terms of size, the article points out the Wii is already small and slender. Neowinians, what do you want to see Nintendo do with the Wii?
News source: DailyTech
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