Nintendo confirms Wii successor arriving 2012

Nintendo has today announced plans to release a successor to the Wii next year, following a planned unveiling of the console at this year's E3. A playable model will be on display alongside final specifications for the as-yet-unnamed successor.

The news comes from the company's Japanese investor relations website, following months of speculation and supposed information leaks. The most recent of which, the "Screen Stream" controllers, would have players viewing a quarter of a 1080p display on their controller for an improved multiplayer experience. Other rumours include a price point of $400, support for 1080p and stereoscopic 3D, and graphics surpassing that of the Xbox 360 and PS3. Graphical capabilities have long been considered a weak point of the Wii, so this rumour comes as no surprise.

Nintendo has a lot to live up to following the arguably surprising success of the Wii. Recent sales figure place the console as having sold 86 million units, making it the fifth best-selling console of all time. The release of the 3DS has so far enjoyed a warm reception, and Nintendo will most likely be keen to capitalise on the success of the handheld, as well as on the recent influx of 3DTVs to the marketplace, by providing 3DTV support.

The E3 Expo is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on June 7th-9th.

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Upgrades in power obviously needed, the question will be, can Nintendo use that to finally get a better game selection? I own all 3 consoles, and the wii has ended up in a closet due to lack of use. If they cant improve that, they wont succeed.

Adding to that, the Wii benefited a lot from its lower price point to the xb360\ps3 early on. How will it sell with less game selection and a higher price point when it is new and the xbox\ps3 likely even cheaper than they are now by the time the wii2 releases?

Benjy91 said,
Wow, 2012? The Xbox 3 and PS4 arent due out till 2015-2016.

Well, I would guess that with a new Nintendo console with improved graphics over the Xbox and PS3, that both MS and Sony will release their new consoles with 1 year of Nintendo's offering.

sviola said,

Well, I would guess that with a new Nintendo console with improved graphics over the Xbox and PS3, that both MS and Sony will release their new consoles with 1 year of Nintendo's offering.

Im not sure, Microsoft said that Kinect would extend the 360's life by 5 years, and PS3 launched with a 10 year life in mind from the start.

Benjy91 said,

Im not sure, Microsoft said that Kinect would extend the 360's life by 5 years, and PS3 launched with a 10 year life in mind from the start.


The 360 and PS3 will live on after the new systems are launched.

So Nintendo's finally getting to where XBOX360 and PS3 were in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Upon next gen console release for Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo will be left in the dust again.

satukoro said,
So Nintendo's finally getting to where XBOX360 and PS3 were in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Upon next gen console release for Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo will be left in the dust again.

This could be the answer to all those who refused to replace their 360s when they couldn't get them replaced at no charge. Some could be waiting..

satukoro said,
So Nintendo's finally getting to where XBOX360 and PS3 were in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Upon next gen console release for Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo will be left in the dust again.

I guess you missed the part where it says it outperforms the 360 and PS3, troll.

article said,

support for 1080p and stereoscopic 3D, and graphics surpassing that of the Xbox 360 and PS3.

---Insert suppressed laughter here---

smartin0115 said,

---Insert suppressed laughter here---

Lol Nintendo could release a machine with hardware that's 4 years old and it'd rip the 360 a new one, do you realise how old the 360 hardware actually is? It was only barely with the times when the thing was released - the PS3 (graphics solution wise), was way behind the times when it eventually released.

The Teej said,
do you realise how old the 360 hardware actually is? It was only barely with the times when the thing was released - the PS3 (graphics solution wise), was way behind the times when it eventually released.

but in 'real world' 360/PS3 are pretty much the same in overall graphics. in some cases the 360 is better (i.e. Mafia II etc).

Nintendo will always play catchup in the graphics end of things, they stride on innovation and targeting kids and their parents wallets.

Which has served them well till now.

Dermot said,
Nintendo will always play catchup in the graphics end of things

Only since the Wii, the N64 and GC had some of the best graphics of their generations.

To be cool, they need 2gig of ram, a cutdown of a gtx460, a bluray drive, 1080p only resolution in game.. that way they'll kick the ass of sony and ms and still be competitive in 2014...

ryoohki said,
To be cool, they need 2gig of ram, a cutdown of a gtx460, a bluray drive, 1080p only resolution in game.. that way they'll kick the ass of sony and ms and still be competitive in 2014...

And then Sony and Microsoft come back and kick their ass with the PS4 and the next Xbox?

dave164 said,
Just bring the graphics up to modern day capabilities and I will be happy .

Won't happen there are rumors that the new Wii contains a revisioned Radeon R700 (HD 4000 serie).

Winkey said,

Won't happen there are rumors that the new Wii contains a revisioned Radeon R700 (HD 4000 serie).

I feel Nintendo is betting again that their novelties will win consumers over. I just hope this new addition actually provides a true diminsion to gaming.

dave164 said,
Just bring the graphics up to modern day capabilities and I will be happy .

Did you guys even RTA? "...and graphics surpassing that of the Xbox 360 and PS3."

Winkey said,

Won't happen there are rumors that the new Wii contains a revisioned Radeon R700 (HD 4000 serie).

And that's not exactly a bad thing since the 360 is based on the R500 series. At the very least the Wii will have 360/PS3 graphics, at the very least.

TechDudeGeorge said,
Sweet can't wait! First the 3DS and now this Now we can forget about sony and their bad online service.

Oh yeah and think about Nintendo and their... oh wait...

Sweet a new console can only be a good thing and a nintendo console with rocking graphics has been much needed. I ll be on it when it arrives like a bad rash

Well... Can't wait for this year E3.

What I really DO hope is that you don't need to expend hundreds of dollars on buying accessories, reason which I consider the Wii the most expensive console

Huh? My Wii was $250, a few years ago, plus a few controllers...
a 360 is much more than that, plus there's the gold subscription, it's well over 2x that much if you've owned both from launch.

greenwizard88 said,
Huh? My Wii was $250, a few years ago, plus a few controllers...
a 360 is much more than that, plus there's the gold subscription, it's well over 2x that much if you've owned both from launch.

That's why I like my PS3, although the whole "Move" controller thing is a bunch of crap. When I sold my 360 I realized just how MUCH money I had poured into that thing.

XBox 360 Elite (Jasper Model): $250.00
Wireless Adapter: $100.00
Additional Controller: $50
Headset: $20.00
Games: ~$500.00

With my PS3 I just paired my old bluetooth headset with it, use the free PSN subscription, and enjoy games being stored on Blu-Ray instead of DVD; plus I don't have to go buy an extra drive to play HD movies. If I have more than 2 people over who want to play with me, I just grab my Logitech USB controller and plug it into the front and it works just fine. Not saying the PS3 is the best thing since sliced bread, but it's easier to not spend a crapload of money on accessories with the PS3.

I hope Nintendo's console has some good launch titles, and I hope its hardware kicks the crap out of the 360/PS3. I had a Wii for about 6 months and then sold it. It just seemed like every game they released for it was centered around children, and on the rare occasion they came out with a game like Black Ops, it was just shovelware and looked nowhere near as good as it did on the competitions' consoles. If you buy HD cables you get a stunning 480p! In my opinion, while the Wii may have sold a lot of consoles to parents worried about their kids playing God of War, I think that in the eyes of a lot of gamers, it was a fail. It just coasted through on the reputation built on consoles like the Nintendo 64 and the Gamecube.

Wii:
3 Nunchucks + 3 WiiRemotes + 4 Classic Controller (Yeah, I play multiplayer a lot) ~ 280 US$ (Retail Price)
WiiMotion Plus x 4 = 80 US$

Making it roughly 360 US$ only in controllers.

Obviously, we are talking about two years ago... Now is a different story.

CoMMo said,

That's why I like my PS3, although the whole "Move" controller thing is a bunch of crap. When I sold my 360 I realized just how MUCH money I had poured into that thing.

XBox 360 Elite (Jasper Model): $250.00
Wireless Adapter: $100.00
Additional Controller: $50
Headset: $20.00
Games: ~$500.00


why would you buy Headset for $20 when it is included in the box?

CoMMo said,

XBox 360 Elite (Jasper Model): $250.00
Wireless Adapter: $100.00
Additional Controller: $50
Headset: $20.00
Games: ~$500.00

Xbox 360 250GB Console: $299.00
Wireless Adapter: Built-In
Additional Controller: $39.99
Headset: Included

Nintendo Wii Black Console: $199.00
Wireless Adapter: Built-In
Additional Controller: $39.99 with Nunchuck $59.98
Headset: N/A

The real comparison is the graphics of the game, who cares that I can shake my controller to do certain functions in the game, if it looks like crap the controller experience won't offset the visual one. From my personal experience with the Wii, the games are specifically built to run with certain accessories, sure you can play the game with the regular controller but they beat you to death reminding you to buy the accessories needed for that game in the tutorials. In my personal experience, the Wii in my household has become a money pit and I own 3 Xbox 360s with Live. I use our 360s for more than just a game system, I enjoy the enterainment portion of it as well, far better visual experience!