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Sounds like the only big hardware release from Nintendo that we'll have to look forward to is the 3DS. Because the current Wii has been a success holiday after holiday, and with huge releases this year with Mario Galaxy 2, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and DK Country Returns, there's a chance we won't see a replacement anytime soon. According to Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime, the company is still looking to sell more Wii's before moving on to something next-gen.
"As we sit here today we're saying the Wii has many, many more units to sell," he told Kotaku. "After we've reached an installed base of 45 million here in the U.S., we can have a conversation about the next generation."
Fils-Aime says Wii sales peaked in its third year with more than 30 million Wii's in homes. When asked if we could be seeing a successor come holiday 2011, Fils-Aime replied: "No."
Do you think the Wii is about due for an upgrade? Or are you happy with what you've got?
The Wii's trouble isn't it's features, but the games. Nintendo needs to stop letting shovelware titles being released. More developers should produce games that actually are fun to play and aren't watered-down ports or cheaply-made exclusives that only need to sell 500 copies to profit.
Just because it's on Wii, doesn't mean you MUST include shaking the controller to be an important part of the game.
First off, NOA doesn't call ANY shots within the company. If NCL wants a Wii successor NEXT MONTH, they'll make it happen. "Eff you, Reggie" is, like, official company policy.
Secondly, if the THIRD PARTIES who put games out for your system are asking for more horsepower, than you'll have to upgrade. You can't depend on badly funded, small teams interested in marketing non-games, minigame collections and fitness titles forever. If EA, Activision, Ubi Soft, Capcom and THQ say, "We're done with your system because its too far behind the times", than you'll upgrade. Which will be sooner rather than later, now that Kinect and PSMove are here.
You just make Nintendo sound like greedy douches, Reggie. You should keep your enormous mouth shut, man.
I think that what nintendo needs to do for their next console is, have a normal wireless controller for the main controller(i think they should still keep the wiimote for motion games or as a game add-on) so that way the console could be on par with the ps3 and xbox and so that it could play all multiplatform games. They should make a better online service to make it on par with the others. Thats about it other than the implied features I hope nintendo fixes what they did wrong
The next one is obviously going to be the wii-ds. My depiction of it differs from the Game Infarcer view because the wii-ds would probably be a ds that functions as a wii: in other words the console is the controller, something that fits in your hand stores all of the game data and stuff with no need for a bulky plastic box in front of your tv. That should be possible right?
I am curious whether they can sell more units considering the penetration for the Wii is so high already. Then again, look at how long the PS2 has been selling. Anything could happen :). Still if the Wii is going to be around for a little while longer, I hope that frequent quality releases of late doesn't slow down.
I'm ready for better graphical quality from a Nintendo console. I want Nintendo to up the ante in motion controlling and improve the game lineup.
The Wii is due for an upgrade. Just check out Call Of Duty Black Ops and compare the graphics on each platform. I hope Nintendo is looking at all versions of multi-console versions and say what are we doing?
The Wii does not need an upgrade. What would they do? Give us better graphics? Have you guys seen Nintendo's line up? Their games are beautiful. It's a shame all the games don't look like that, but it's not an issue with the hardware. Casual gamers aren't going to shell out $300 for a new Wii with graphics on par with PS3. And then what happens, when Sony and Microsoft upgrade? Nintendo's left behind, again. Nintendo knows what they're doing. They're going to ride this generation out with some high profile releases, and then they're going to get right back in there next gen, all while staying far above the sales of the competitors. I'm expecting 3DS to dominate the handheld market even more so than the original. PSP2 looks like a graphical update only, I don't expect it to sell any better than the current version. Nintendo is definitely last when it comes to multi-platform releases, but they've arguably got the best first party game support of any current system. The next generation console will demand full HD graphics, no doubt. But for now, I think Nintendo is on the right track.
A bigger issue, I think, is how they're going to handle backwards compatibility next gen. If we can't transfer all our digital games to the new systems, there's going to be a lot of unhappy gamers.
It's time to start planning, which I'm sure they are, but we don't need one before holiday 2011. This year will be the year everyone buys all the other systems just because they don't have them all yet, along with hopefully some of the best games and of course the 3DS.
Every time i buy some thing from nintendo a newer piece with 1 new added feature comes out like 3 months later. For example if they keep changing the ds they will have 10 generations of the same product!
I dont really think that they need to replace the wii quite yet. What they need to do is to make multiplayer gaming more simple.
I'm not so surprised. The successor to the Wii has to be just right. Will it be improved motion controls? Or will Nintendo step back on that, and revert to old school controller? Who the hell knows? Nintendo is going to be in a tight spot if they don't know the answer to this question. I have a hunch that they do, but who knows right?
First let me say the lacking quality of the Wii is NOT the system but the software. When I see games like Twilight Princess, Metroid Trilogy and Other M and RE4 Wii edition...I wonder why 3rd party suppliers (Capcom excluded here) won't rise to the challenge and push the console to it's limits. I was really excited about Silent Hill coming to the Wii but that game looked and handled horribly. And there is a laundry list of ratty games that follow suite. For all the great games, No More Heroes, RE4, Zelda...we get a landfill's worth of shovel ware. Oh, and how about a Killer 7 Wii edition.
I don't want the next gen for a couple of years still. Comon now... this gen isn't done yet. Look at how amazing L.A Noire looks and tell me we need something new already.
the Wii needed an upgrade before it came out.
I think Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo shouldn't worry about new consoles right now. Perhaps they should just focus on making awesome games for now. The current consoles are just fine (I know the Wii could use some work, but it doesn't require a new console).
Mr. Derp I agree as well. What needs to be improved on is GAMEPLAY. There really is NO need to go out and make yet another iteration of something (DS, I'm talking about you) when people just spent nearly $200 just moments ago on an iteration that was just released a matter of months before its 'successor'. Often times there is a shitload of boredom and shitware that make me wonder WHY exactly I have a DS to begin with. Yeah that's right fanboys, soccer moms/family guy dads, and kids - everybody is not YOU. Us core gamers miss the attention and love too. -_-