This whole back and forth between Nintendo and news publication Asahi can finally come to and end as the man himself Satoru Iwata, company president and CEO of Nintendo Corporation Limited, came out to clear up all the confusion about his supposed quote.
Iwata said that the reporter asked him the question of “The next DS will need to have high resolution graphics and include a motion sensor, wouldn’t you say?” Iwata replied “Those are naturally considered requirements. However, do you believe it will sell with just this?“
That changes it quite a bit from the original quote which said the DS would have better graphics and motion controls. So now it is just the possibility of these additions.
Iwata also goes on to address the WiiHD speculation that doesn’t want to seem to disappear. “If asked if making the Wii compatible with high definition — just making it compatible with high resolution — will get players throughout the world to buy it, I would of course say, ‘Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new.“
Iwata does say that their Research and Development teams are looking into the next generation of hardware for both the console and portable market, as always, but would not reveal anything significant.
Good thing the whole DS 2 dispute was settled. I was running out of good Iwata pictures!