Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has contradicted his recent comments regarding the Wii console having a last big secret.
In a video interview with News.com editor Rich DeMuro, Fils-Aime says he is not aware of any secrets:
DeMuro: What do you make of all the rumours surrounding the Wii and is there one that you wanna put to rest?
Fils-Aime: In terms of what´s gonna be in the box, that´s set. It´s gonna be the Wii console, everything you need to be playing right from the get-go. A Wii remote a nun-chuk and Wii sports. That´s the launch. All of the other news, if you will, are the packaged software, the Virtual Console content. All of that is still being finalized as we speak. But in terms of what you get in the box, that´s set.
DeMuro: No secret annnouncement that is gonna be made eleventh hour?
Fils-Aime: No, no wonderful secret announcement. At least not one that I´m aware of. So then it would really be a secret.
I have contacted GamePro editor Tae Kim who is credited as confirming that Reggie had talked about a last big secret. Here is what Tae replied:
That answer was provided by a former editor who recently moved on. I took over as the Pro for Nintendo Wii and the site automatically attributed all the answers to me. This is a quirk with our site. For instance, I was the Microsoft Pro until recently but if you look now, all the answers are attributed to the current Xbox person. I unfortunately did not author that comment and so cannot provide you with an answer. I apologize for the confusion. (...) I contacted the person and he says that he had a contact at Gamestop who told him this. Outside of that, I don't know what else I can tell you.
Let us briefly examine the News.com interview. At first, Reggie seemed intent on evading the issue, mentioning how only the box contents had been finalized. This would have left the back door open for any secrets regarding the Virtual Console or WiiConnect24, for example. Only when pressed about a last-minute announcement did he actually rule one out.
This is in keeping with GamePro´s response. They are confident that their source is accurate. I therefore strongly believe that Reggie decided to deceive us, rather than reiterate his earlier comments at the conference (which he must have meant to be confidential). After all, a secret is only a secret for as long as it is not talked about in public.
Thanks to: Anonymous, Machters