Upon further research of the XBOX360's external HD-DVD drive, it has come to my realization that it is merely an external disk drive branded to resemble the XBOX.
Granted, up until now, most of you would be saying, "Duh, we knew this already", and I would be right there saying it with you. However, what I and most of you have failed to realize is what this could mean for the Wii(and if you want to get technical, any other device that supports USB).
At a point when everyone has already proclaimed the Wii a last generation console, a slight upgrade to the GameCube, and overall as far as HD as it gets, I've come to the conclusion that we haven't seen anything yet.
Think about it. Microsoft(or any other company with "must have" technology) fronts the cost of producing the product, marketing it, and ultimately bearing the burdon of any losses in risky ventures. Then, comes meek, little Nintendo swooping in and writing a firmware patch for their hardware, adding support for the latest "must have" technology that the big, bad other guy risked to get to the market.
If it fails, so what? The consumer is left with another CD-i, Dreamcast, or [insert other failed console] accessory, while Nintendo, being generous enough to support the other guy, comes in and says "I told you so".
However, if it succeeds, Nintendo reaps just as much, if not more, of the reward as the other guy. For one, they can still say "I told you so". This time, not only is it through not forcing the consumer to buy everything as a package deal, but also through losing the whole "last generation" image in the process.
Microsoft's HD-DVD addon isn't the only product they can do this with. iTunes for Wii wouldn't be that much of a stretch, as Mac users will oggle over the Wii's iMac-matching look.
This could definitely put Wii in a limelight for being (surprise) the most technologically advanced system.