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Wii U and Wii to 'co-exist for some time', says Nintendo

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Nintendo plans for continued Wii support after the Wii U launches next year.

Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime told Time that the firm plans for both home consoles to co-exist on store shelves.

"The consumer buying Wii hardware today is going to be a different consumer than the one who will be buying Wii U in the future," Fils-Aime said.

"This is the first holiday that the Wii is available at $149.99 or below, so it's an expanded demographic we're reaching. These are consumers who have heard about Wii for the past couple years, but at $199 or $249 it was economically out of their reach.

"We haven't announced pricing for Wii U, but you can definitely expect that pricing is going to be different and that the games are going to be different. We do believe that Wii and Wii U will co-exist for some time."

It was added that Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has become the fastest-selling release in the series in the US and that the Nintendo 3DS has surpassed the DS first-year sales.

The Wii U will launch in 2012 worldwide, though no price or release date has been set at this point.

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