Nintendo will continue to back original Wii, says Reggie

Fils-Aime still sees opportunity in Europe, Canada and Latin America

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has said the company plans to continue supporting the Nintendo Wii well after the release of its next-gen console Wii U.


Speaking in an Q&A following the Nintendo Direct event yesterday (via Engadget) Fils-Aime told investors "the Wii has sold about 40 million units" in the US alone, and said he believes there are still a few untapped markets.

"I'm responsible for Canada, and Latin America as well," he said. "We think there's opportunity in both of those markets, especially Latin America," he said. "You can reach price points, you can reach consumers that, candidly, we won't be able to reach with the Wii U. That's gonna continue to be an opportunity."

"On a global base, certainly there are markets in Eastern Europe. There are a number of other markets where if Wii has an attractive price point, it'll do well."

The Nintendo exec continued on to say Nintendo will continue to sell the Wii alongside the Wii U for an unspecified period.

"We do believe there's still opportunity for the Wii, and we will continue to sell the Wii side-by-side for some period of time."

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Yesterday, Nintendo announced the European Wii U release date as November 30.