Will Wii be region free?

Infendo reader Joshua Daugherty weighs in with a Wii-related question NOT about price or release dates this morning, which I find refreshing given my experiences last night.

“Earlier this year IGN asked the burning question… ‘The DS has been an overwhelming success. Are you looking into using the same fundamentals — like, for instance, its region-free standard — for Wii?'”

And some background: Perrin Kaplan, v.p. of marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America, “Clearly, the success of Nintendo DS has offered a lot of lessons about what works in the marketplace — and we certainly intend to keep our fans satisfied. For the Wii system, we are finalizing all the relevant details and will be making announcements in the coming months. We will share a lot of ways people can play globally, regionally, without boundaries. You’re right that the region-free approach has proved to be a successful and attractive feature for Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection on Nintendo DS — we have even blown the doors off our own anticipated numbers!”

So, dear Infendo, to Wii or not to Wii region free?