Wii 2 to 'offer something new' - Iwata

Nintendo CEO teases new features of recently confirmed console, effectively rules out 3D; system won't arrive before April 2012.

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This morning, Nintendo confirmed what had been rumored for weeks--that it will launch a new console to succeed the Wii in 2012. Unfortunately, the announcement, which accompanied a downbeat annual earnings report, offered scant details about the console.

Nintendo has something new up its sleeve, says CEO Satoru Iwata.

One tidbit the company did confirm, according to a translation by Japanese gaming blog Andria Sang, is that the platform won't arrive in any territory during Nintendo's current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2012.

Following this morning's announcement, Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata spoke to the Japanese press, revealing a few more details about the Wii 2. He told Kyodo News that the reason Nintendo was working on a new console was that developers began finding it "difficult for developers to surprise customers with the current Wii."

Iwata also gave financial news service Bloomberg's Japanese-language arm a cryptic clue about the console, saying, "We will offer something new for home game systems." Rumors peg the platform as being more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, sporting HD graphics, and having a hybrid tablet controller. Speculation also has the console supporting Wii backward compatibility and using Blu-ray discs as its format of choice. Nintendo has confirmed the device will be playable at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.

One thing the Wii 2 will probably not offer is 3D a la the PlayStation 3. Iwata said that since 3D televisions have yet to receive a wide adoption rate, making 3D a central feature of the new platform would be "difficult."

Discussion

361 comments
walmongerer
walmongerer

Amin_and_Azizah Yeah! Go Nintendo!! Go away,,,

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

News just in- Nintendo president admits Wii was a fad and underpowered. Will replace with a newer fad, on marginally improved hardware.

D4W1L4H
D4W1L4H

A tablet controller? i doubt it. If the rumors are true about a touch screen, it will probably just be used as a secondary screen, which can display various menus and maps. Like a Back-Pack, health guages, ammo, GPS etc. I think it'll have traditional buttons and analog sticks, along with a touch screen in the middle.

hahamanin
hahamanin

i just wish it was 5 times more powerful thn the xbox 360 & ps3

Nibbles37
Nibbles37

A realistic HD Metroid and Zelda would make my pants very soggy in the front.

sixgears2
sixgears2

It's about time the Wii caught up. I find it amusing that the original Wii is such a technological dinosaur that Nintendo is having to bring out a new console in the middle of a generation just to get up to par with the competition. Maybe this time they should focus on making a console that has good 3rd party dev support and reasonable technical features instead of obsessively focusing on the interface/gamepad. There's more to a console than it's controller, Nintendo.

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

i cant wait o.o that said please dont focus on motion controls...... i love nintendo but they lost me on the Wii with no hd and waveing my arm around like a nutter.

simonjdrew
simonjdrew

I agree with fabz_95 completely and also look forward to what they've got up their sleeve. OK, so the WII is spec-wise a souped up Gamecube but the 'twist' of motion control was great at the time. If you want realism then use your PS3 etc but Nintendo are still innovators and the likes of Sony/Microsoft always follow their lead (discuss....) - plus, ignoring the majority of third party software drivel, the actual Nintendo titles are pretty timeless. Also, if a game is any good you should be able to see past any graphical imperfections etc so I think that sometimes you eye candy addicts are missing the point. Up the Blues!

fabz_95
fabz_95

They've innovated a lot in their history Nintendo, I really look forward to what they can do this time round.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

if this is a sucessor to the wii, why call it the wii2? that sounds like a backstep already, will we get skyward sword for the wii, or will we have to wait for the wii2 version?

burgo81
burgo81

all i want is good games, not cut and paste variety like those stupid wii party games that they keep on pushing out

cachinscythe
cachinscythe

@cul8r000 Yep, I can see why you'd feel that way. I mean, who use a control stick, rumble pak functionality, or motion-sensing today, besides Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and...wait. That's EVERYONE. Some of what Nintendo does is "gimmicky," but gimmicks are an essential part of searching for innovation. And the truth is, when someone takes a "gimmick" and starts incorporating it into everything made, what happens? WE start to complain about an original concept becoming generic. So really, what do you expect Nintendo to do?

cachinscythe
cachinscythe

Good going Nintendo. I'm happy with what you guys achieved with the Wii, even if much of the rest of the gaming populace wants to pretend it doesn't count for anything. To be fair, they DO have some valid points, which is why I'm hoping you can find a way to make life easier for 3rd parties, maintain the option of a basic controller scheme, provide HD graphics that look incredible and keep it backwards compatible, but if you have to throw your original concepts for gaming out the window to do that, then I can handle you scaling some stuff back. :)

cul8r000
cul8r000

I'm tired of Nintendo. They just take outdated tech and add a new "twist" to it that in the long run is a gimmick. And really it doesn't matter if the Wii 2 is more powerful than the PS3 and the 360, because when Sony and Microsoft come out with their new systems (unfortunately not until around 2014) they will be so much better.

okassar
okassar

Hopefully the next gen of systems have solid state hard drives so that loading times become a thing of the past (solid state will probably be much cheaper by the time they're out).

ThreEve69
ThreEve69

Last one to come out and first one to get replaced, hopefully they offer something truly next gen this time around.

AnimeInMe
AnimeInMe

"I hope it doesn't suck", I think perfectly sums up all our opinions.

redskins2156
redskins2156

Nice to see Nintendo's entering the current gen.

Djmaster214
Djmaster214

3D its not a gimmick if you actually have a 3d tv its amazing, most people that say it sucks are too poor to afford one you would sing a different tone if you owned one

Arkady_Husky
Arkady_Husky

Something new eh? Does that mean they're going to use something better than a Gamecube GPU this time around?

Aravesque
Aravesque

no 3d? GOOD, I'm tired of seeing such gimick, we aren't in the 50's anymore, time to grow up, who cares if its improved, its still an optical illusion.

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

@gladuk I agree stop bs'ing about 3d on the 3ds which wasn't even true 3d. I am so sick of nintendo's lies. Ever since final fantasy 7 for the n64 lie, it went down hill from there with lies after lies. n64 was the worst system of it's time next to virtual boy. Only had MK trilogy to play. gamecube had nice graphics but after the n64 i wasn't about too spend more on lies. Next thing you know the wii comes out... Wow this is headed somewhere.. wow motion plus this is going to be awesome can't wait to cut people up with my virtual sword or gun on a multi player game with my own hand! Never happened. What the hell.. Next thing you know hey new system... What!! Where's the games for the last system a holes! Yoga and crap big cooking momma... F that. BS company. BS system. Don't be an idiot like me and buy a ton of crap that after 1 game you play there is no use for.

partytimekegs
partytimekegs

I hope it doesn't suck. Sony and Microsoft need more competition.

02050muh
02050muh

@MoK86 sorry..have no intention..i said dat due to the fact that u mention about dvd..without blu-ray,i dun thnk it is possible to bring 3D n hi-def movies for home entertainment just by using dvd..why would we go back to stone age? just sayin'

Arthest
Arthest

dont spread rumors of the wii2 well most likly see it at E3 then you can talk about it all you want

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

I won't jump on the excited bandwagon until I see what it is and how much third party support it's getting, Wii sat there and collected dust, I refuse buy another piece of plastic for it to do the same, no more wii fit or wii sports or wii music or wii play, im done with that, i'm a gamer to core, I want a game i can play for 3 hours competitively with buds online, not something to do when your entertaining guests at a party

MoK86
MoK86

@02050muh are you making fun of me? hmm you know i think apple should just stick to ipods and phones but then again isnt that ipad a handheld already and a portable console?

illage2
illage2

I disagree with putting a screen on a controller, however why not put the 3DS into the controller? The one thing that was missing from the Wii was the ability to connect games to the DS .... You could connect the GBA to the gamecube.

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

"One thing the Wii 2 will probably not offer is 3D a la the PlayStation 3. Iwata said that since 3D televisions have yet to receive a wide adoption rate, making 3D a central feature of the new platform would be "difficult."" For once, your decision to hold back on something has made me very, very happy, Nintendo... I hate 3D >.>

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

That tablet controller better forever remain a rumour, I don't think I can handle touching something like an iPad for hours on end. I just want a normal controller, but an awesome feature with it as well - like a laser shooter.

FPS1337
FPS1337

I think 3D may not be initially supported at first, it's growing so fast and Nintendo will get experience with 3D on the 3DS that it will come to the Wii 2.

SheepdogXpress
SheepdogXpress

@magusat999 I agree with some of what you are saying. I never said Wii was the best selling console of all time, I was simply stating that the Wii wasn't a fail. Iwata may state that it was in his eyes but I think he's speaking figuratively. From a financial stand point it was a success. You don't sell over 80 million consoles and say "wow our system bombed". They made mistakes yes, maybe it could have been 100 million or beyond had they made some better decisions. I think they will address what went wrong in their next outing but its still not going to compete with Sony and Microsoft which is probably exactly how Nintendo wants it. I'm not a Wii fanboy, I do own one...with one game (Zelda) and I havent used it in like 2 years lol but I'm interested to see what they bring to the table. My PS3 is primarily used as a blu-ray player and the 360 has been sitting idle for longer than i can remember. It's my opinion that these consoles have all run their course and I'll stick to PC gaming until I see whats on the horizon for next gen consoles, five year old hardware just doesn't cut it for me.

erik92133
erik92133

this is going to be the best consle for years

kenogd
kenogd

i think wii graphics is the level where game systemes suposed to be xbox 360 and ps3 ant nothing but low end pc,s graphics might as well buy a gameing pc

galduke
galduke

I just can't see anything short of fully immersible AR goggles wowing anyone. This may be the last Nintendo home console if they try to sell a stupid gimmick again.

wyan_
wyan_

I'd like to see the push for 3D, but I'm just as excited to see whatever Nintendo has up their sleeve for next gen tech.

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

If this "something new" is actual good third-party support, then I'm in. :P

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

It will be new for a few months then Sony and Microsoft will have their own versions of it ready. We all know how this circus runs these days.

raith616
raith616

bet it has a toaster attatched to keep your strength up during all that exersion

DeeqHog
DeeqHog

the rumored tablet controller would be really bad if it was true. jus stick to good old fashioned button pressing.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@SheepdogXpress Haha, Yes, the Wii may have sold a lot this gen...but nowhere near PS2's Sales numbers, which still has sold more then any console this Generation.

Platini
Platini

It's nice to see Nintendo doing something. I hope that the new system is something that will be beyond what's currently offered by Sony and Microsoft and I hope that the games will be plentiful and of great quality.

horizonwriter
horizonwriter

It's not that they're not allowing 3rd party developers to create games. It's the 3rd party developers that don't want to make games for it, at least not really good games... and who could blame them. When Nintendo decided to say "to hell with graphics" they also put a very limiting cap on the Wii's processing power, which meant that on top of games not looking as good as their counterparts on the other two current gen consoles there's also less that you can do creatively to make consistently innovative and immersive games. No 3rd party developer wants to make something really great for the 360 and PS3 only to be squeezed into a box and forced to make a very inferior product for Nintendo. The sales from these lame bargain-bin games absolutely do not make up for the time and cost of creating them to begin with so of course developers are going to abandon the Wii for more profitable options. On a more positive note, I am happy to hear that it will probably use blu-ray. It's way overdue for blu-ray to become the standard rather than the option and I'm hoping this will help with the global acceptance of that.

moe3000
moe3000

release date shull wii say march 27 nex year-OK its a deal

TJORLY
TJORLY

If its more casual rubbish like motion control they can shove it.

Encephlon
Encephlon

Whose stoked about playing with their "Wii Wii?" Terrible name imo

Evilnator
Evilnator

I'm glad they left out something as useless as 3D. Please give us a way of avoiding the god damned tablet!

MrPepino000
MrPepino000

Nintendo is coming back!!!!! Or are they?