Nintendo won’t discuss next console until they sell 15 million more Wiis

Or so says Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime, in an interview with Kotaku.

“Wii has many, many more units to sell,” Fils-Aime said, after revealing that lifetime Wii sales in the U.S. stand at 30 million. “After we’ve reached an installed base of 45 million here in the U.S., we can have a conversation about the next generation.”

When asked if Nintendo needs to release a Wii successor by next year, Fils-Aime offered a blunt, “No.” (NOTE: The question was “release” not “announce.”  I’m betting Nintendo will soft announce something at E3 next year, although the newly released 3DS will rightfully retain the spotlight.”)

Either way, it’s hard to fault Nintendo’s patience. After all, the company says the Wii still sells 23 percent faster than the PlayStation 2 did during the same period. Infendo readers need no reminder that the PS2 eventually finished as the best-selling console of all time, selling a whopping 145 million units to date. (Via 1up)