Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told investors in a Q&A that regarding whether Kinect contributed to significantly expanding the number of Xbox users, the number of Wii users has grown to about 10 million, but the growth in the number of Microsoft users is much smaller.
“…hit titles are not being released continually every month for Kinect software, so we don’t believe Wii sales are being seriously affected,” Iwata said.
Nintendo this week said this week it will price cut the Wii hardware to $149.99 and discount select Wii titles to under $20.
Beginning May 15, Nintendo will sell a new Wii bundle SKU that includes the Wii hardware, Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel, and Wii Sports at $149.99.
In addition, it will retail new Nintendo Select titles for Wii at $19.99 each.
Titles include The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Mario Super Sluggers.
Nintendo in Apr. said it will demonstrate a playable model and announce more specifications of the Wii successor at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.
New reports claim the Wii successor, dubbed Project Café, will have a three-core CPU, 6.2-inch touch-screen controller, and high-definition functionality.
The controller is said to be able to stream content from the console.
The Wii has sold 86 million units worldwide to date since launch in 2006.
This week the Wii with Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Bundle, which includes the Wii hardware, Wii Remote with Wii MotionPlus, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports, holds a discount price of $169.99, down from a $199.99 MSRP.