Reggie: Wii’s storage problem an ‘urgent’ issue

It would seem that Nintendo Europe’s condescending attitude that only “geeks and Otaku” care about the Wii’s low storage capacity is not a belief shared by Nintendo of America. Reggie Fils-Aime, the man with beefburger fists that can punch through walls, has admitted that the need for an extended storage solution is important to all customers.

“From an Americas-centric perspective, here is the reality we see. We have a consumer base who loves virtual console,” stated the savory executive. “We have a userbase who really is enjoying WiiWare content. So for us really our challenge really is how do we satisfy all these consumers who are loving all of the product we make available on a download basis?”

“As we continue to have things […] like Mario Kart that has its own channel when you’re playing from an Internet perspective, we’re just making this challenge tougher and tougher. So in our view this is becoming much more of a mainstream problem, which is why we have a sense of urgency to solve it.”

The idea that only “core” gamers cared about extra storage was a myopic view in the first place. Having to buy SD cards and delete previous games is not something that only hardcore players would find inconvenient, because it is an inconvenience, no matter who you are. In any case, the fact that Nintendo actually gives a crap now is pleasing, although with external memory and the WiiMotion Plus accessory, is it fair to say that the Wii is only recently being turned into a finished product?

Jim Sterling