Nintendo working on Wii's successor for a pending announcement and 2012 release?

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Well, it was only a matter of time. Many of us have been noticing the dearth of major Wii releases for 2011. In fact, my own observation went a bit further, in that while the Wii received many quality first party titles in 2010, it didn't receive anything that would require a significant monetary or time investment befitting a typical AAA title (because, let's face it, many of these were just 2D-style side scrolling games). That's why the recent news (here, among many other places) of a possible Wii price drop and the potential for a Wii successor announcement in the next month or so - with more details at this year's E3 - was not really all that surprising. It's really the only logical way to explain how Nintendo can trump even if its own classicly lethargic release schedules with what it has been doing - or not doing as the case may be - in regards to new product on the Wii. It would also explain why the relatively modest 3DS launch would have been such a drain on the company, since their resources were divided between that and the Wii successor.

Certainly the price drop is a typical move for a product in this stage of its lifecylce and is one that the competition has parlayed to some advantage as well. However, I feel that the launch of a possible next generation successor to the Wii in 2012 - let alone its potential pending announcement - is extremely premature. Here's why:

  • Though overall sales have dropped considerably, Nintendo could have easily continued to milk the Wii for more sales with a combination of successive and properly timed price drops and a few big first party titles here and there
  • If, as some of the rumors suggest, the Wii successor is only roughly as powerful as the 360 and PS3, it puts Nintendo in the exact same position they're in now with the Wii when the inevitable 360 and PS3 successors are released--presumably as quickly as 2013 if Nintendo releases in 2012
  • By announcing and releasing so early, Nintendo would give both Microsoft and Sony (who are of course each working on their own next generation platforms) plenty of time to copy all of the Wii successor's best features and then trump them. This is not something a company in a solid first place should do.

In any case, what are your thoughts on this? Too soon for Nintendo? Right time? Let's hear it!

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Bill Loguidice
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Nous wrote:

P.S. That sounds to me like Sony's "remote play" functionality where you can use your PSP in order to stream media and play games that run on your PS3 remotely, on your PSP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Play

True, but we'd hope if that were the case (and I think it's just bad rumor mongering myself), you'd hope they would do something better than transmit the data over wi-fi. Remote play is nice in theory, but in practice it's pretty unstable. Frankly I don't think anyone has much in the way of facts right now, so I'd take it ALL with a grain of salt. Too much about it just doesn't add up.

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Bill Loguidice wrote:
Nous wrote:

P.S. That sounds to me like Sony's "remote play" functionality where you can use your PSP in order to stream media and play games that run on your PS3 remotely, on your PSP. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Play

True, but we'd hope if that were the case (and I think it's just bad rumor mongering myself), you'd hope they would do something better than transmit the data over wi-fi. Remote play is nice in theory, but in practice it's pretty unstable. Frankly I don't think anyone has much in the way of facts right now, so I'd take it ALL with a grain of salt. Too much about it just doesn't add up.

I totally agree!

I refuse to believe anything until an official announcement is made.

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there whre some screenshots

there whre some screenshots on a asian website about 2 weeks ago of a new Nintendo controler.. its gone now or I would link it (and I cant find it in google cache) I had assumed (as i cant read that) it was a new Wii controler but Now it sounds like a new Conteoler for a new system. it looked much like a cross between the standard gamepad that been in use for 15 years but all the aftermarket guys (wingman, etc) with a screen about the size of Credit Card that was touchscreen in the center bottom. Dang i wish i had paid more attention as I just cant find it again.

Personally I dont think Nintendo will try to compete on power, they havent for a few generations now, why should that change? its going to be all about the gimic.. My guess is much like most of you are saying.. its going to be roughly 360/ps3 power, some buzz word to make it seem a bit better. The big things is it will Play gamecube/Wii games and the new stuff, have a MUCH MUCH better online system.... quite possilby online digital games being pused hard with phyiscal media a second thought.. as in you will be able to purchase games in stores.. but the digital delivered stuff will take the front seat with some incentive to get it that way. The touchscreen controler will be the big push (so basicly a Intellvison controler but not overlays, a touchscreen) as will digital content.. And small.. Thats one thing Nintendo does understand... I never understood why Sony and MS had these huge wierd shaped consoles.. concave sides, bubble tops... I love Nintetends form + function designs....

Guess if its all true we iwll see in a few months... suposedly Sony has some big press thing in Oct that many are speculationg will be a new system announcment... or just Kill zone 4 :)

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