Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has denied recent rumors that the company is planning to release a Wii successor in 2011. In an interview with VentureBeat, Fils-Aime described the Wii HD console as “pure rumor and speculation
” and equally dismissed claims that a prototype was already being shown to developers and publishers for pre-production feedback.
Nintendo has been under relatively little pressure to update its hardware since the introductions of the Wii in 2006, but of course that’s not to say a high-definition console isn’t on the drawing board somewhere – and it wouldn’t be a bad thing for them to recapture the market for core gamers. Nintendo doesn’t deny an eventual update to the console but merely debunks the notion that the company would weigh first reactions to an update by showing a prototype to developers.