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Wii unaffected by Kinect for Xbox 360 sales, says Nintendo

May 6th, 2011 by Marcus Lai · No Comments

Nintendo Co. this week told investors that it does not believe Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect for Xbox 360 are affecting demand for the company’s Wii hardware.

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.

Microsoft in Apr. reported a profit in its Entertainment and Devices division, which includes the Xbox business due to strong demand for the Xbox 360 and Kinect peripheral.

The company sold 2.7 million Xbox 360 consoles in the quarter and 2.4 million Kinect sensors in the period.

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.

Nintendo in Apr. announced new first-party Wii titles to be sold in 2011, including the Wii Play: Motion with Black Wii Remote Plus SKU and Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust.

Current Wii hardware SKUs in White and Black that includes a Wii Remote Plus, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports sells at $199.99.

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Tags: Business · Microsoft · News · Nintendo · Peripherals · Retail · Systems · Wii · Xbox 360

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