Nintendo and Netflix announced yesterday
that the latter's movie streaming service will finally be coming to the Wii this spring. The announcement spurred some discussion regarding the Wii's lack of HD capability and its effect on the Netflix deal, but according to NoA president Reggie Fils-Aime, no HD doesn't mean Wii owners are getting the short end of the stick.
Speaking to CNBC, Fils-Aime said the following:
First, off and I’m sure Reed [Hastings, Netflix CEO] would support this is, the vast majority of content that is available for streaming through Netflix is not HD content. So, there is really no loss for the Wii consumer – the fact that they can’t get any HD content through our system.
But, even more importantly than that, the consumer has voted. Over 26 million consumers have bought a Wii. The consumer is saying, for them, the quality of the visual is not nearly as important as the overall entertainment, the overall value of that experience and that is really what has propelled us.
Fils-Aime also expounded on the future of the Wii in the interview, reiterating that Nintendo want to add more and more features to their waggle box until they've "totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii".