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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Iwata and Miyamoto Speak

Iwata on Losses:

"Some people somehow think that hardware always loses money," said Iwata. "Nintendo is taking some distance away from that approach. If you ask me, 'Will Wii be sold at or over the cost?', I cannot tell today if we won't lose even one yen by selling one Wii hardware. However, we do not intend to lose a great deal of money from the hardware sales. Any loss must be recovered elsewhere, of course."

Iwata on GameCube's shallow offerings:

"To avoid repeating this with Wii, we have been intensifying the software development, both internally at Nintendo and at developers outside the company, in order to prepare aggressive software lineup for Wii at and after the launch."

Iwata on Launch Numbers:

"we announced that we are planning to ship 6 million Wii hardware during this fiscal year and, among them, we are intending to ship 4 million or more by the end of this calendar year, and we are preparing to make the productions."

"If we can ship this number and if no product shortage will be experienced anywhere in the world, it can be regarded as a failure for a new game machine's launch. In other words, we will be making efforts to keep the constant shipment to the markets so that severe shortage situation will not go on for a long time."

Miyamoto on his new IP:

"I am doing something lately, but I think I need to refrain from talking about it today. Hopefully, I can tell you what it is in 6 months or so."


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