Wii Successor Coming in 2012

Nintendo put an end to months of speculation this morning when it announced plans to release a Wii successor sometime next year.

“Nintendo has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii,” the Japan-based company said in a simple, three-paragraph statement. “We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.” Nintendo offered no other details about the new gaming system.

Industry insiders have been murmuring for months about a new Wii expected to cost somewhere between $350 and $400. However, many thought the new console would hit shelves sometime in October, just in time for Christmas shopping. The original Wii debuted in the fall of 2006 and was nearly impossible to find during the holiday season. A situation the company is perhaps hoping to avoid this time around?

According to sources reporting to IGN, Nintendo may have opted for a later release date in order to “build up a sizable supply of the system and allocate more time for software and games development.” The sources also speculated that “Nintendo could attempt to lower the retail price of the system with lower profit margins to make the price more alluring.”

What do you think about the new Wii news? Would you be willing to buy one for $350 - $400?


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