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Nintendo Confirms Wii Successor Will Be Playable At E3

by Jeff Cork on Apr 25, 2011 at 03:12 AM

Last week, we broke the story that Nintendo was planning to reveal the successor to its Wii console at E3. Today, Nintendo confirmed the news in a brief statement to investors.

In the investor note, Nintendo says that the system will not only be shown at the event, but that it will be playable. E3 is being held in Los Angeles between June 7-9. Here's the complete text of the note:


To whom it may concern:

Re: Wii's successor system

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.

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.

Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.


The new system is apparently an effort to extend an olive branch to third-party developers, who have historically had a difficult time gaining a foothold on Nintendo's hardware. Sources have told us that it will have comparable specs to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and that it, in the words of one dev, "[It's] not a gimmick like the Wii." A few other details have emerged, including the possibility that its controller will have a built-in screen that can stream games. One thing's for sure: We'll know a whole lot more about this thing in just a few months.