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#1 vetCorris

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:01

Nintendo has officially announced its intention to release a new console in 2012. According to a note published this morning on the company's Japanese investor relations website, "Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011."

The terse announcement does nothing to clear up rumors surrounding the system, which has been paired with high-definition graphics, motion controls and a handheld touch screen. Less trustworthy industry sources have even indicated that the system's rumored codename, "Project Cafe," hints at its ability to shoot a cappuccino directly into your gaping mouth.

According to the investor note (posted after the break), Nintendo plans to show off a playable model of the Wii successor during this year's E3, which takes places in Los Angeles from June 7th.

To whom it may concern:

Re: Wii's successor system

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.

We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.

Joystiq


#2 The Teej

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:47

This **** is gonna be EPIC. Can't wait! :D I have a very funny feeling Nintendo is going to blow the socks off of everyone at E3.

(Please show a teaser for next-gen Zelda)

#3 Kreuger

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:51

And when the big boys announce their next consoles. Nintendo will yet again be left behind.

#4 John.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:52

NICE! Looking forward to what they can bring. *holds off on buying Kinect*

It would be lovely if they could make this slightly more geared to a more mature audience?

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:59

I'm buying this just for Mario Kart!

#6 The Teej

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 10:17

And when the big boys announce their next consoles. Nintendo will yet again be left behind.


You don't know this for sure - considering Microsoft are considering doing an incremental leap a la Wii rather then a giant leap like XBOX to XBOX 360 as a means of making money from the console (or a very small loss) from the get go, I wouldn't be too far surprised if the gap is as small as the gap between the PS2 and the XBOX. There's obviously going to be a gap (considering the new XBOX will probably now launch 2013) as technology doesn't stagnate for a whole year, but I wouldn't have said there's going to be a huge gap. The tech in this (or so the rumours go) is over a generation newer then the PS3 - and will have 1GB of RAM for the graphics, which is 4 times the amount the PS3 has.

I'm not burying my head in the sand and saying Nintendo will now be on par for the next generation but what I am saying is, don't count 'em out for launching first.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:01

And when the big boys announce their next consoles. Nintendo will yet again be left behind.


Didn't stop people buying it last time.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:08

And when the big boys announce their next consoles. Nintendo will yet again be left behind.

Funny how you ignore the fact that the "big boys" are starting to get left behind at this very moment due to how they plan to continue to sit on their asses for the next 3 years or so.

#9 TheLegendOfMart

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:15

Funny how you ignore the fact that the "big boys" are starting to get left behind at this very moment due to how they plan to continue to sit on their asses for the next 3 years or so.

How are they being left behind, reports are that Nintendos next console will be comparable if a little bit more powerful than the current Xbox 360, now Nintendo have announced their next console will be coming in 2012 i dont think Microsoft and Sony are just going to sit there expect their next consoles to be end of 2012 or early 2013 and once they do launch they will blow the next Nintendo console away and it will end up looking how the Wii looks compared to current consoles.

#10 Kreuger

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:40

Funny how you ignore the fact that the "big boys" are starting to get left behind at this very moment due to how they plan to continue to sit on their asses for the next 3 years or so.

Given the fact that by power alone, Nintendo is a full generation behind IMO, I dont think Microsoft or Sony have to worry about them getting too far ahead. I didn't see much improvement over Gamecube so it's not like they're breaking ground. The big boys could probably sit for at least 5 years before they'd have to worry about Nintendo putting out a powerhouse console.

#11 Ayepecks

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 13:57

We've been discussing this in another topic, FYI:
http://www.neowin.ne...ndo-hd-console/

And unless Nintendo's control method is as innovative as the Wii's was, I could see them possibly getting left behind. If the rumors about games being easily portable from the 360 and PC are accurate, then that will definitely work in their favor, though. But here's the thing: why buy this if it's only slightly more powerful than the 360 or PS3, if it is at all? The innovation will be the dealbreaker.

#12 Jason S.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 14:04

Given the fact that by power alone, Nintendo is a full generation behind IMO, I dont think Microsoft or Sony have to worry about them getting too far ahead. I didn't see much improvement over Gamecube so it's not like they're breaking ground. The big boys could probably sit for at least 5 years before they'd have to worry about Nintendo putting out a powerhouse console.

but your other comment still makes no sense... the Wii is/was a HUGE success.

also, the Wii is basically a Gamecube in a new shell. Nintendo obviously had a strategy and it paid off. people buying Wii's dont care about graphics.

We've been discussing this in another topic, FYI:
http://www.neowin.ne...ndo-hd-console/

And unless Nintendo's control method is as innovative as the Wii's was, I could see them possibly getting left behind. If the rumors about games being easily portable from the 360 and PC are accurate, then that will definitely work in their favor, though. But here's the thing: why buy this if it's only slightly more powerful than the 360 or PS3, if it is at all? The innovation will be the dealbreaker.

consider where the Wii stands in the market. While a lot of hardcore gamers have Wii's, its real intention is for families and kids.

i regret not buying a Wii, but i'll be sure to buy a Wii2 :yes:

#13 NienorGT

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 14:52

I hope it will AT LEAST hold off graphics that equal current gen of consoles...
Maybe crappy graphics isn't bothering casual players, but come on...

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 14:55

I think the biggest problem will be convincing everyone who bought Wiis that it's worth spending money to shell out for another console. Hardcore gamers were massively disappointed at the lack of decent third-party titles and casual gamers/families are probably happy with their current consoles as it is. Unless it really offers something truly innovative I can't see any reason why (given that my Wii has been collecting dust for quite some time now, too).

#15 The Teej

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 15:40

How are they being left behind, reports are that Nintendos next console will be comparable if a little bit more powerful than the current Xbox 360, now Nintendo have announced their next console will be coming in 2012 i dont think Microsoft and Sony are just going to sit there expect their next consoles to be end of 2012 or early 2013 and once they do launch they will blow the next Nintendo console away and it will end up looking how the Wii looks compared to current consoles.


Have you noticed how kings rule in twos (Atari for 2 generations, Nintendo for 2, Sony for 2, and now Nintendo on their first once again), and have you noticed how despite attempts to out-muscle Nintendo, Nintendo just went "lol innovation get" and cream crackered both consoles.

While I'm not saying Nintendo will definitely outsell the PS4 and the next XBOX because of this, I'm just saying that writing Nintendo off is unbelievably fool-hardy of you, to the point where I'm surprised you'd say something like that.

EDIT: @Chaos - the hardest part of that plan is making sure the console brings enough innovative features to the table that makes a new purchase worthwhile. Considering the casual market doesn't mind buying new TVs every 5 years and new phones every 3-4 years these days, expecting people to pay for a new console after 5 years doesn't seem so bad. Obviously those who just bought a Wii a couple of years ago won't leap out and buy this new one, but well, this goes for ALL gamers, not just casual ones.