Nintendo says Wii 2 is in the Works
Nintendo announced that it will launch a successor to the Wii game console and that it will "offer a new way of playing games."
Nintendo annouced that the new machine would launch sometime during 2012.
Nintendo did not reveal details about the "New Wii" and said instead they will unveil the Wii's replacement for the first time in Los Angeles on June 7 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
"As for the details of exactly what it will be, we have decided that it is best to let people experience it for themselves at E3," Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said, according to a report from Reuters. "So I won't talk about specific details today, but it will offer a new way of playing games within the home."
Japan-based Nintendo revealed that profits had fallen to a seven-year low.
The Nintendo Wii has certainly been facing growing competition from the more powerful Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles – both of which now feature motion controls like the Wii. Also, Nintendo's handheld DS game machines have been facing intense competition from smartphones, which often double as portable game machines.
It's been rumored that Nintendo would reveal a successor to the Wii. And according to leaks from multiple anonymous sources, the Wii 2 will feature controllers with touchscreens, will be capable of running games in HD resolutions and will be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and the PS3.
The Wii 2 is also reportedly being developed under the codename Project Cafe and, according to a report from IGN, will be capable of streaming games to each controller, will be around the same size as the first-generation Xbox 360 and could cost between $350 and $400.
Nintendo has not said anything regarding those rumors. However, it appears the new Nintendo game console is unlikely to involve 3-D gameplay.
"It's difficult to make 3-D images a key feature, because 3-D televisions haven't obtained wide acceptance yet," Iwata said, according to Bloomberg.
That statement is in line with one other Nintendo statements have made in the past.
This news certainly seems timed to give Nintendo a much-needed shot in the arm.
The Wii was a great idea and a new way to play games, hopefully Nintendo will do it again with Wii 2, we will see...