Nintendo looking into Wii storage issue

Fischer still very sorry for "geeks" thing.

Nintendo Europe bigshot Laurent Fischer has said the company is "working on a solution" to increase Wii storage.

However, speaking exclusively to GamesIndustry.biz he revealed there was "definitely" no plan to produce an external hard drive.

Fischer's comments come soon after he got in trouble for suggesting only "geeks and otaku" care about having more memory on the console, a statement he has since apologised for.

"We definitely detect that [gamers] are serious and we know there is an issue in this, so it's something that we're working on," he told GamesIndustry.biz.

"Definitely there's no plan to issue hardware - an external hard drive, but we know that we have an issue in that area. It's very obvious and we're perfectly aware of it, but there's nothing we can say beyond this."

He went on to reveal that Nintendo Japan would ultimately deal with it and that it was "very linked to the overall strategy".

Still eager to clear the air following the "geeks and otaku" fiasco, Fischer said it was all a "misunderstanding".

"I really didn't use that terminology to describe the Nintendo consumer - it was something related basically to myself and to the journalists attending," Fischer explained. "It was a joke I made on myself and somehow it's been confused and taken out of context to define those consumers.

"I understand I have created a lot of offence with people. And for me it's very, very important to clarify this - that's not the kind of thing I've been saying in [the way it has been reported].

"Disappointment in the community is something I was really affected by," he added.

The Wii has 512 MB of Flash memory and has struggled to cope with the onslaught of downloadable titles from the freshly-launched WiiWare service.

However, you can always use an SD to store games on, or download the game again for free as many times as you like to set a record.

Have you run into problems with storage, Eurogamer reader?

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