Nintendo 'flattered' by Mii-like Xbox Avatars

'Copying is a way of flattering, so we're very flattered.'

Just what does Nintendo think of the glaringly borrowed Microsoft Avatars? They're fine with it, says company president Reggie Fils-Aime.

"Copying is a way of flattering, so we're very flattered," said Fils-Aime through a translator, when asked in this month's issue of Club Nintendo (the Latin America equivalent of Nintendo Power) what he thought of the recently announced Xbox Avatars.

Xbox Avatars were first unveiled in July at Microsoft's E3 press conference, in an obvious move to mimic the viral success enjoyed by Nintendo Miis. While Miis launched with Wii in 2006, Avatars won't arrive on Xbox 360 until later this year through a free Fall Update.

Outside of the competition, Fils-Aime also dished on Wii storage and ongoing DS redesign rumors. Contrary to wishful thinking by fans, the presidente said Nintendo will not make a Wii hard drive but will invent a better solution, and that his company won't release a redesigned DS until its sales decline.

The DS has been in a tight race with the Wii over the last 18 months as the best-selling console in the world.