US newspaper The Seattle Post-Intelligencer somehow managed to get an interview with Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. During the interview, Iwata discusses quite a few issues of interest, such as his opinion regarding Sony's adding of some tilt sensors to the PS3 controller, the reason Nintendo didn't reveal the price of it's upcoming Wii console, and he also added some hints as to what the price may be.
About the controller, Iwata had this to say "A motion-sensing controller that you hold with both hands is completely different from one that you can use with either your right or left hand. Worldwide, bloggers have been writing that they copied us, but I don't really think we've been copied. I don't think at all that we've lost Wii's advantage. We've come out with a unique, new innovation. I think the fact that a company would do something similar is an admission from the outside that it has value. So instead of getting angry, we should celebrate."
When asked about the price in comparison to the US$600 PS3, Iwata said "First of all, all we've said is that we'll have an affordable price range. We're using 'affordable' in the sense that the price won't be significantly higher than Nintendo's prices have been historically. Compared with $600, anything is affordable, so it's absurd to even compare our price". Ouch. He also said "Microsoft didn't announce Xbox 360's price at last year's E3. And the year before that, the prices for the PSP and the DS weren't announced, so I don't think it's unusual at all that we're not announcing the price at E3 this time. But the Wii will come out in the fourth quarter, so I expect to talk about it around summer".
All very interesting. You can check out the full interview here.