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Nintendo's Iwata dismisses Wii HD

"It needs something new," he says.

Satoru Iwata has denied ever talking about a Wii HD, and told investors that any new console from Nintendo would need significantly more than high definition graphics to gain his seal of approval.

"If asked if making the Wii compatible with high definition - just making it compatible with high resolution - will get players throughout the world to buy it, I would of course say, 'Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new,'" said Iwata, according to Andriasang.

He added: "If there were no rival makers in the world, I could give examples of the things that we are considering. However, for competitive reasons, I cannot give specifics today on the what or when of the things we're considering."

Iwata's comments echo Reggie Fils-Aime's statement from November that if HD were to be introduced to Wii then it would be as part of a broader revamp, the fruits of which we won't see until "far into the future".

Iwata also touched on the subject of a new DS, saying that high resolution graphics and a motion sensor are "naturally considered requirements". "However, do you believe it will sell with just this?" he asked, mysteriously.