Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime was recently given the chance to discuss Nintendo’s successor to the Wii which is known internally as Project Cafe and to explain why Nintendo have decided to cut the recommended retail price of its immensely successful Wii console.
On Wii price drop:
“For us this is a very important move. This is only the second price reduction for Wii hardware since we launched back in November 2006. And in the last home console cycle, the leading system at the time sold almost 50 percent of its volume at a price point of $149 or below.”
On why consumers will buy Wii with Project Cafe looming:
“When we launch our new home system sometime in 2012 we think the consumer buying in will look very different than the consumer who’s going to be buying a Wii now. What we’ve seen in this business it that there are certain consumers who love being first – they have to have the absolute latest hardware – and there are other consumers that are perfectly happy to wait until the game library is much more robust and they have a wider range of options.”
On declining Wii sales:
“Typically a system peaks in the second year of availability and then gradually declines. Wii was fortunate to have a number of very strong selling years in its 3rd and 4th year of availability. And from our perspective, the curve that we’re on is natural and to be expected but importantly, the sales curve is higher than any other system.”
On timing of the price drop:
“There are a lot of households where kids will be off from school and the parents are either looking for celebratory presents as the children finish the school year or they’re looking for a fun exercise to keep the kids busy and happy during the summer time frame. We think there is a wide range of consumers that are wanting to purchase a Wii and what they have been waiting for is this type of announcement.”
– Nintendo of America president , Reggie Fils Aime
We want Wii 2…we want Wii 2!
Kids get presents just for finishing the school year these days? Wow, did I get jipped.
It’s for motivation. Who cares if the young man was a C- student throughout high school. As long as he graduated he should be awarded a brand new car or a trip to Europe.
Reggie is a master of dodging.