New Nintendo Wii Model Expected to Arrive for Holidays

Nintendo Set to Improve Wii Console for Holidays Season

by Anton Shilov
10/05/2007 | 02:42 PM

Despite of almost inevitable success during holiday season later this year, Nintendo still seems to have some hidden aces up in its sleeve. Apparently, the Japanese game expert has applied for a new universal product code (UPC) in the   U.S., meaning that the manufacturer had changed certain features of the product.

It currently unknown what exactly Nintendo plans to add to its highly-successful Wii game console. On the one hand, the company can enable DVD playback functionality, something which it promised to do ahead of the launch. On the other hand, the maker of Wii can bundle a new game controller type to enable end-users to play new game titles.

Given that Nintendo has no interest in promoting DVD, but is more than interested in attracting new customers and promoting new games, it is likely that the key feature of the new model will be the product bundle consisting of games and/or new game controllers and, perhaps, new colour of the console.

Retailers call the second version of Nintendo Wii game console with 045496880088 UPC as “New Pack”, though, it is unclear what does the new pack contain, reports Codenamerevolution web-site.

Nintendo Wii, the most successful new-generation game console, features IBM’s custom PowerPC architecture-based microprocessor named Broadway clocked at 729MHz and code-named Hollywood chip with built-in graphics core, DSP and I/O features from ATI that operates at 243MHz, earlier reports suggested. Nintendo Wii uses 91MB of memory in total: 23MB of “main” 1T-SRAM, 64MB of “external” 1T-SRAM and 3MB texture buffer on the GPU. Nintendo’s Wii does not feature a hard disk drive, instead, it boasts with 512MB of flash memory, but the console will also have a card reader, which will allow installing more memory.

Nintendo set the recommended retail price of ?25 000 (about $204) in Japan, $249 in the U.S. and ?249 ($342) in Europe.