Cnet speaks with Reggie Fils-Aime

Cnet had a little chat with Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime recently and discussed things going down for Nintendo this year. He also pretty much confirmed the pricing of the upcoming Revolution...

Since you mentioned pricing, I assume the Revolution will be accessible to gamers for substantially less than $700?
Fils-Aime: That's correct. The next-generation console from Nintendo, code-named Revolution, will cost less than $300.

On the Xbox 360...

How do you think Revolution will sell?
Fils-Aime: We will sell more units than Xbox 360 did here in the United States in our launch window. I mean, in December, we sold more GameCubes in the United States than Microsoft sold 360s, and Revolution will do better than that.

On the DS...

How will the DS do head-to-head against the PSP, going forward?Fils-Aime: We expect a gangbuster year for DS in 2006. I think that's because we've successfully launched the Wi-Fi Connection for Nintendo DS. We've had more than 10 million connections to the servers on a worldwide basis and over half a million unique users in a short seven-week time frame.

Just for perspective, it took Xbox Live over six months to get to that level, so we're very proud of the way we've grown that business. We're also very confident with DS, given a number of impending launches we've announced, including "Metroid Prime: Hunters."

We've also announced "Tetris DS," which has a total of six different modes of play, including classic Tetris play as well as a number of mechanisms that are playable both in local-area networks and via Wi-Fi. There will also be a new "Super Mario Bros." title in 2006. So just in looking at the tools and packages we have, we're very confident in our success for Nintendo DS this year.


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