Nintendo Of America President Downplays Need For HD ContentS

So the Wii now has Netflix, just like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This, however, raises an inconsistency: both those systems can display high definition content, something the humble little Wii can not.

This should be a concern for Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, right? Apparently not, as he shrugs off the notion in an interview with NBC, saying "the vast majority of content for streaming on Netflix is not HD content, so there really is no loss for the Wii consumer with the fact they can't get any HD content through our system".

Well, there is. There's the loss of HD content (a key appeal for newer stuff), which Reggie explains away with "the consumer has voted: over 26 million consumers have bought a Wii. The consumer is saying that for them, the quality of the visuals is not nearly as important as the overall experience, the overall value".

Pressed on when Nintendo would release something that could output in HD, Reggie said the company will release a new console when the existing market for the Wii is "tapped out", something he doesn't believe will happen for "years".

Wii At The Movies with Netflix [CNBC Video]