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Wii 2 Unlikely For 2011, Maybe In 2012 303

An anonymous reader writes "As discussed on Slashdot earlier this year, the lack of a next-generation Wii may be hurting Nintendo. That doesn't seem to concern the company's US chief, Reggie Fils-Aime, who said this week that a Wii 2 might not appear until 2012. He wants to sell a few million more consoles before a successor is launched. So, no Wii 2 for 2010 or 2011 — meanwhile, the PS3 and Xbox consoles get motion control support and other content enhancements. What does that mean for the success of Nintendo's gaming console business? Has the innovator been out-innovated due to a sluggish product roadmap?"
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Wii 2 Unlikely For 2011, Maybe In 2012

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  • Understandable (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Pojut ( 1027544 ) on Friday November 19, 2010 @08:36AM (#34280334) Homepage

    The Wii only started losing steam this past year, and they still sell boatloads of them every month. Granted, it's a much smaller boat than it was before, but they are still moving units. Even though the current generation of consoles are starting to directly impact [] the potential complexity of games, they still have a bit of life left in them...Wii included. Here's to hoping that Nintendo focuses more on the hardware this time. Don't get me wrong, there have been some amazing games released for the Wii (Muramasa: The Demon Blade being one of the better ones), but I'd like to see more emphasis on gaming prowess rather than a focus on the "general" market.

    Not that I expect that to happen; Nintendo is a business, after all...

  • Re:One Word (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 19, 2010 @09:00AM (#34280490)

    Why would they bother? Microsoft and Sony are skipping a new generation of consol in favor of adding motion control to existing systems. Even with a year's delay,Nintendo will beat Microsoft and Sony to the next generation console. They still have good motion control and can draw from the Wii as well as Kinect for a new generation. Nintendo is in excellent shape.

  • Revolution (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ranulf ( 182665 ) on Friday November 19, 2010 @09:03AM (#34280510)

    The Wii's motion controls were evolutionary, not revolutionary.

    Nintendo obviously believed the motion controls were revolutionary - the Wii codename was revolution. Look inside the battery compartment of the Wiimote and you'll still see the code RVL-003.

    In any case, it did revolutionise gaming input in a tangible way and brought a whole new demographic into gaming as a result.

  • by __aatirs3925 ( 1805148 ) on Friday November 19, 2010 @09:05AM (#34280528) Journal
    What was it? The R&D department for the Wii was about 5-7 people and their system was based off old technology slapped on a Gamecube. I'm not dismissing the success of the Wii, but perhaps their R&D is not for hardware, but for marketing. The casual gamer is a goldmine, that's what makes Nintendo so successful.
  • by Pojut ( 1027544 ) on Friday November 19, 2010 @09:46AM (#34280830) Homepage

    I was under the impression that their reasons for sticking with the older hardware had nothing to do with keeping the price down, but rather a way to keep things more familiar for developers. Since they were going to have to be learning an entirely new control scheme, Nintendo didn't want devs to have to deal with complex new hardware as well ("hardware" independent of the control mechanisms, obviously.) Now that developers (kind of) have a handle on the motion controls, Nintendo can give them more powerful innards to work with.

    Standard "this is only my opinion, I have no basis for any of it" boilerplate applies.

  • Re:Revolution (Score:3, Interesting)

    by blahplusplus ( 757119 ) on Friday November 19, 2010 @09:58AM (#34280930)

    "It's best to ignore the echo chamber, they never learn."

    It's not that the Wii was a revolution it was that most people got it for Wii sports and Wii fit. The original NES pad was more simple then the Wii mote.

    The Wii has had a profitable run, but a profitable run does not mean bad things are not happening to the gaming market, the lack of games on the Wii due to not having competitive hardware power hurt its gaming library for cross platform games. Nintendo may have been profitable, but in the eyes of true gamers many of us vacated to the Xbox 360 and PS3 since once again The Wii ended up being like the gamecube, except this time the games over all are crappier and of lower quality then in the gamecube with the exception of Galaxy 1+2 era.

    All of Nintendo's properties this era have been disappointing, from Metroid Other M, to Twilight princess. You can feel Nintendo is losing it's Mojo for anyone who has been playing the last 20+ years of gaming.

    Gaming is about the games, not the hardware, and we have yet to see whether Wii "market expansion" means there are more gamers for developers to make money off of or if they just end up playing Wii sports / Wii fit and ignore most everything else.

  • by delinear ( 991444 ) on Friday November 19, 2010 @10:06AM (#34280998)
    Aren't you more likely to need to extend the living room if you go with the Kinect? The optimal distance from the sensor is 6' for single player, 8' for two player (and that's not including the space you need to leave around yourself so you don't bump into things). I think that will be the single biggest issue with Kinect - the technology seems great and there is definitely potential there if it works as promises, but particularly here in Europe, just having the physical space to play is a problem.
  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Friday November 19, 2010 @10:28AM (#34281206)

    The five-year-rule is a long-standing tradition for console generations going back to the Atari days (even through several recessions and the console "collapse" of 1982). Both the 360 and PS3 are starting to show their age at this point (especially the 360, which doesn't even have a blu-ray drive), with no new console generation on the horizon. The 360 is now 5 years old and the PS3 is 4, and neither has even announced a new console generation. I'm tired of my console dropping further and further behind PC's, while all MS and Sony want to do is release lame Wii knockoff controllers. I'm tired of consoles that aren't powerful enough to handle MMO's, require multiple disc swaps to support the latest games, and slow to a crawl with modern high res textures.

    Screw Nintendo, and screw Move and Kinect. Give me a new console generation!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 19, 2010 @12:34PM (#34282564)

    For you it turned out to be a gimmick, for me it was (and still is) the only console I have in my house. It's not that I can't afford a PS3 or 360 it's that I can get everything else I want on my PC, so I do. I look forward to Wii2 or whatever they'll call it.

Friction is a drag.