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Wii 2 Set For E3 Reveal

Felix Kemp
Games news, Wii 2

Wii 2 Set For E3 Reveal

According to Game Informer, Nintendo is set to unveil the Wii's successor at this year's E3. Jumping the gun on competitors Microsoft and Sony, who've been looking to Move and Kinect to prolong the lifespan of their own current gen platforms, the Wii 2 is said to be capable of outputting HD graphics. Not only that, the tech is supposedly so powerful it surpasses the PS3, with Nintendo finally looking to recapture the hardcore crowd they've ignored thus far this generation.

Game Informer's exclusive expose reveals Nintendo is "already showing publishers the system in an effort to get them interested and allow them plenty of time to start developing titles in anticipation of the system's reported late 2012 launch". And according to their anonymous source, Nintendo isn't pitching the Wii 2 on "gimmicks" like motion control. They're looking to do "this one right".

The Wii is the best-selling platform of all the next-gen consoles, easily outpacing both the 360 and the PS3. But recently, Nintendo's surging run into casual households has hit a snag, and sales have steadily dropped, year on year. Some mark it down to tapping the previously untapped casual market, whereas others claim Nintendo's abandoning the core was a proverbial shot in the foot.

And Nintendo seem to believe this, too, as if these rumors on the Wii 2 prove true, it's a bold assault on the core crowd who've mostly moved over to Microsoft and Sony's side of the field. Nintendo have a stunning backlog of classics - Mario, Zelda, Starfox, you name it - and with a console supposedly more powerful than a PS3, they might just be able to redeem themselves this time around. [Game Informer]

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Gunn  Apr. 15, 2011 at 08:58

Actually really interested to see what they come up with, and I wonder if they will have motion control only as a side, and perhaps design a new controller.
It's no surprise that Nintendo would be the first to come out with a new console, considering the last one wasn't much of a step up from their last offering, and neither is it surprising that it will be more powerful than the ps3, but Nintendo isn't really about power, its been about the games.

bob  Apr. 15, 2011 at 10:26

Hmm, so the abandon core gamers and make a fortune tapping the casual market, now they are gonna abandon the casual market and go back to hard core, doubtful. I would imagine it would be mainly for the casual with enough power to keep the hard corers happy



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