Fils-Aime: Wii, Wii U to Co-exist, DLC

Speaking to AOL, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime spoke on the transition of the Wii to the Wii U, or the lack thereof.

Many see Zelda: Skyward Sword as the end all for the aging Wii, but Fils-Aime sees it differently. “There are still millions more systems to be sold… the Wii will coexist side by side beside the Wii U for some period of time.”

One could say the PlayStation 2 hung on for dear life towards the end of its cycle as the PlayStation 3 struggled to gain early market share. Whether or not any worthwhile software actually found its way to the unit in those waning days is debatable. Still, it’s nice to see a company not abandon an entire market segment when new hardware appears (Xbox anyone?).

Also within the interview is Nintendo’s stance on DLC as the 3DS store opens to the intro of added content, these statements coming days after Epic’s Cliff Blezinski spouted off that DLC is a fight against a used games. Reggie: “… what we’re unwilling to sell a piece of a game upfront and, if you will, force a consumer to buy more later.” The company feels the game should be complete out of the gate, and bonuses can come later.”

It’s a refreshing change of pace from modern industry ideals, although words and actions are on entirely different planets. Time will tell if Nintendo stays honest. Hopefully Mario 3D isn’t soured by any paid add-ons. Clearly the game is classic enough without them.