Nintendo Co. this week said the Wii U console can defend against new competitive product from Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. when it launches this Nov.
U.S. division president Reggie Fils-Aime told The Seattle Times this week that the Wii U can last the company through the next-generation.
“It’s based on having great graphics, it’s based on having a robust online execution. We believe that this system is going to have a very long life, and it’s going to be very well supported by third-party publishers,” Fils-Aime said.
When asked whether the console can fend off the next Playstation and Xbox, Fils-Aime said it probably can.
Nintendo in Oct. said it expects to sell 10 million Wii U and Wii consoles combined this fiscal year.
The Wii U, to be sold Nov. 18, will be available in two launch SKUs.
The Basic Set will include the Wii U console and the Wii U GamePad in White, 8GB storage, AC adapters, HDMI cable and Wii U sensor bar at $299.99.
The Deluxe Set will include the Wii U console and Wii U GamePad in Black, 32GB storage, GamePad Charging Cradle, Stands for the GamePad and Console, AC adapters, HDMI cable, and Nintendo Land at $349.99.
The Wii U is backwards compatible with most Wii games and accessories, including the Wii Remote, Nunchuck, and Wii Balance Board.
A new entertainment application called Nintendo TVii will allow U.S. and Canada customers to view and engage in video content from multiple sources, including live TV, a Tivo DVR, YouTube, and video on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video.
A total of 50 titles will be available in the Wii U launch window between Nov. and Mar. 2013.