Is Nintendo planning a hard drive add-on for the phenomenally successfully Wii? The console’s internet fan-base would like to think it is, suggesting such a peripheral will be announced at the E3 Media and Business Summit in July. The move would be logical if only to give users somewhere to store the ever increasing number of retro-game downloads for the Ninetndo Virtual Console. With only 512MB of internal memory, the Wii is ill-equipped to deal with the needs of its biggest downloaders. However, the game company’s paranoia over illegal distribution of its software may well nix the concept. It’s currently not even possible to download Virtual games to SD.
In store, Nintendo is increasing its dominance over next-gen rivals. New monthly sales data from Japan reveals that while sales of the PlayStation 3 languish at 50,000 units, Wii sales have risen to 251,000. In the US, PS3’s April sell-through stalled at 82,000 units while Wii’s rose to 360,000. Nintendo is also dominant in the portable market, with the DS typically outselling the PSP 5-to-1.