News in the video game industry is typically slow within the few months leading up to the Electronics Entertainment Expo, since video game companies want to save their surprises for the biggest gaming event of the year. In a way, this is like the "calm before the storm." Nintendo, however, doesn't give a crap about any of this. They went ahead and announced that a brand new console, a successor to the Wii, will be coming out soon
. They will officially announce details of the new system before E3.
Since Nintendo's "announcement of an announcement" doesn't reveal much, excited gaming fans from all over the world have gone wild with guesses regarding what Nintendo has in store. Because of this, there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding what is fact, and what is a rumor
. In order to avoid any further confusion, the following is a compilation of everything that we know so far that is fact and rumored for the Nintendo's Wii successor.
Every FACT Regarding the Nintendo's Wii Successor
The System is Slated to be Released in 2012
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Nintendo hasn't officially
confirmed too many things about their upcoming system, but we can be sure that they want to release it next year. According to a note posted on their Japanese investor relations website, they stated, "Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011."
Nintendo typically releases their systems in November, so expect to see a release in late November 2012.The System Will be Officially Unveiled Before E3, Which is on June 7
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Feel like Nintendo's "announcement" didn't tell you much about their new system? That's because it wasn't an official one. It was more like an announcement that they will
announce something soon. Specifically, they are going to unveil the specifications of the system in the days leading up to the 2011 Electronics Entertainment Expo on June 7.The System Will Be Playable To The Public At This Year's E3
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Not only will the system's specifics be announced at this year's E3, but attendees will be able to get their hands on a playable version of the new system, too. Considering that the Wii caused a freaking stampede during E3 of 2006
, we should expect something similar at this year's expo. It's going to be huge.
The System is Nicknamed the "Weenie" in Japan
Get it? The system's nickname is "Wii 2." "Two" in Japanese is ni
. So, "Wii-ni," as in weenie. If you thought that the "Wii" console name was silly, then Nintendo's new console nickname follows in its footsteps.
Nintendo's Going to Try Something . . . Different
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Gamers know that Nintendo marches to the beat of their own drummer. They don't typically care what their competitors are up to, and they claim to lead an innovative path that others follow. Their new console won't be an exception, at least with what they claim. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, according to a Reuters
article, has stated that, "We would like to propose a new approach to home video game consoles." Whether or not this "new approach" will turn out to be a success or not, we know that Nintendo's going to take a big risk here.