In a textbook case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing, a Nintendo Europe spokesman told Eurogamer
that a DVD-playing version of the Wii will not necessarily be released outside of Japan. This comes mere days after Nintendo of America Public Relations Manager Matt Atwood confirmed
to GameDaily that the DVD-enabled system would indeed be coming out in North America in the latter half of 2007.
Who to believe? Well, the NOE spokesman didn't explicitly say that the new version of the console would be strictly limited to Japan, only that the company would "not making any further region specific announcements at this time." So this isn't a denial of the NOA statement about North American plans, just a simple "no comment" from the European branch of the company. There is still no indication whether Nintendo has any plans to release the DVD-enabled system in Europe.
It's a bit surprising that all this talk of a new version of the Wii is coming just days before the system launches in North America and weeks before it hits the rest of the world. While most potential Wii buyers have probably already decided that a DVD player in their console is not that important, confusing the market with rumblings of a more feature-packed version to come can only have a negative effect on launch day demand.