Reggie Speaks on Nintendo Handhelds
Nintendo's new figurehead talks about Nintendo's current and future handheld plans
In an interview with MarketWatch.com, Nintendo's Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Reggie Fils-Aime, spoke about the current state of the handheld market. While Sony's PSP has recently released in Japan and North America, Reggie stated that Nintendo does not see PSP as a major threat, focusing that both handhelds have different areas of strength (though he did suggest that the market will eventually determine which system would achieve greater success in the long-run).
Reggie commented that U.S. retailers have reported continual strong sales of the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance SP, each selling two million and fourteen million units, respectively. (Additionally, Nintendo is set to report that total Game Boy Advance game sales have eclipsed PS2 game sales, worldwide.) Reggie did not, however, have information on the total number of DS sold worldwide; Nintendo of Japan is expected to release those numbers some time in May.
In terms of Nintendo's next handheld system, it was reported that there was nothing forthcoming on the horizon, as Nintendo is satisfied with their current handheld systems on the market (this does not, however, mean Nintendo is not underway with research and development on their next handheld platform). Lastly, Reggie briefly mentioned future plans for the Nintendo DS, including upcoming games such as Polarium, Goldeneye: Rogue Agent, and the DS's upcoming wireless/online plans (more games and details would be released at E3, starting May 17).
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