Nintendo has published an advertorial (an advert that is meant to look like a regular article) in British women´s magazine Prima, which is either full of misleading formulations - or hints at a long-suspected Wii secret.
UK: Resistance has the scans.
The article is aimed at mothers and talks about how Wii can encourage them to spend quality time with their kids:
It´s tempting to sit them in front of the TV while you get cosy on the couch, lost in a good book - but now, thanks to Nintendo, you don´t have to. (...)
Turn off the TV and get active in your own home with the revolutionary Wii.
Though quite short, the article tells us to forget, even switch off our television sets twice. Most likely just a figure of speech to exaggerate the difference between passively watching television and actively playing Wii. But what if it were actually true? What if you actually could switch off the tube in order to play Wii?
Now, I am well aware that it is very unlikely that a British women´s magazine would blow the lid off such a huge secret. But do consider that this is not an editorial article but written by Nintendo (or Cake, their British PR agency). Also, consider that we have come across plenty of possible hints at the Wii not necessarily needing a TV to display images.
Let us remind ourselves of what Shigeru Miyamoto told Business Week pretty much a year ago:
It's convenient to make games that are played on TVs. But I always wanted to have a custom-sized screen that wasn't the typical four-cornered cathode-ray-tube TV. I've always thought that games would eventually break free of the confines of a TV screen to fill an entire room. But I would rather not say anything more about that.
Also, the ending of the TGS 2005 clip, where the player turns off the television set with the Wiimote, has been the source for similar speculation:
Those could very well just be coincidences. In fact, that is the most likely explanation. But when I read the quotes from above advertorial, I could not help but remember Miyamoto´s quote. The fact that the article is entitled ´Game On!´ is a further reminder of past speculation.
Source: UK: Resistance
Thanks to: Joystiq, Deadlock17