A new version of the Nintendo Wii gaming console will be available in 2012, Nintendo has announced. In an online statement, the company confirmed that a “playable model” of the system will be on show at the E3 Gaming Expo in Los Angeles in June.
Specific details about the console are not yet available, although rumors are easy to come by. The only official hint about the Wii successor came from the company’s President, Satoru Iwata, in an article published by Bloomberg; “We would like to propose a new approach to home video game consoles. It’s difficult to make 3-D images a key feature, because 3-D televisions haven’t obtained wide acceptance yet.”
“The talk was about Wii HD, but I do not see Nintendo doing that. It will do something more innovative,” Johnny Minkley, an editor at Eurogamer.net, told BBC News.
“PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 were part of the graphics arms race. Nintendo would never launch a console based on the strength of hardware. Theirs has to have a gameplay point to it,” he said.
Nintendo saw massive success with the first generation Wii, launched five years ago, which sold a whopping 86 million units. The console’s sales have seen a steady decline in the past few years, however, with only 15.1 million Wii’s being sold globally in 2010.
The company also posted a 66% drop in profit with 2010 profit only coming in at 77bn yen ($940 million), down from 228bn yen (US$2.77 billion) in 2009.
By Angela Meadon