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New Wii successor to be displayed at the E3 Expo this June

Nintendo announced today that it will be releasing a successor to the Wii system, and it will be on display at the E3 Expo in June.

The Nintendo Wii is a home video console that features a wireless controller called the Wii Remote, which can detect movement in three dimensions. This form of gaming revolutionized how consumers interacted with video games by allowing users to move along with characters on the screen. The Wii launched in November 2006, and broke the record for best-selling console in a single month in December 2009. 

But that isn't the case anymore. Nintendo has had to compete with other consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from the start, but since the Wii's release, Sony and Microsoft have released motion-detecting accessories of their own. In September 2010, Sony launched the PlayStation Move for PS3, and in November 2010, Microsoft launched the Kinect for Xbox 360. Both feature motion-sensing game controllers and webcams much like the Wii. 

In addition to increased competition, the strength of the yen has affected Nintendo's profits as well. According to reports, Nintendo has "large cash deposits and other assets in foreign countries," and when these deposits and assets are converted to yen for net figures, Nintendo loses a lot of money because the yen is so strong while other foreign currency remains weak.  

In October 2010, Nintendo reported a $24.7 million net loss. Now, the video game giant is reporting a quarterly profit of 12 billion yen, or $146 million USD, which is not so great since Nintendo reported a profit of 59.9 billion yen last year. 

According to the consolidated results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010 and March 31, 2011, net income is down 66 percent for the quarter. The operating profit fell 52 percent from 356.8 billion yen to 171.1 billion yen.

But Nintendo is staying optimistic thanks to the recent launch of the Nintendo 3DS. In fact, the company expects to see an annual profit climb of 42 percent on the new gaming device. In its first week, Nintendo sold 400,000 3DS systems. 

"We are very satisfied with this start and we look forward to the momentum that we will build on Nintendo 3DS with the launch of the E-shop, the launch of the 3D trailers for Hollywood movies and the launch of 'The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina in Time' in mid June as well as the launch of Netflix later on in the summer," said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president. 

Now, Nintendo has even more to look forward to with a Wii successor due to launch in 2012. 

"As for the details of exactly what it will be, we have decided that it is best to let people experience it for themselves at E3," said Satoru Iwata, Nintendo CEO. "So I won't talk about specific details today, but it will offer a new way of playing games within the home."

The Wii's successor will be available on display at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, California from June 7-9. 



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RE: They won.
By KFZ on 4/25/2011 12:47:33 PM , Rating: 2
Nintendo did step up and innovate, but I think it's a bit moot to declare a "winner".

The fact is that Wii game sales are dominated by two things: party games and Mario. There are free web games that are more fun than table tennis and bowling, Nintendo just created a way to bring it to console in an oh-so-fun and cute way. Mario is nothing new, either.

In sum, technologically innovative, but not everyone wants to go back to Intellivision and play the same plumber that's literally been around longer than many of its fans. More power to those that do, but it's pretty hard to take a comment seriously that bestows Sheen logic onto success at that level.

Take the high ground on numbers, which can't be argued against, but good grief you reek of kool-aid. If there was a world of competition fighting over this "saturation" (which translates to the pop music crowd) I'd want to shoot myself. I'll take my Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear, Fallout and ever other awesomely epic game and not give a single dingleberry who sold more of what.


RE: They won.
By Motoman on 4/25/2011 1:26:46 PM , Rating: 2
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but not everyone wants to go back to Intellivision and play the same plumber that's literally been around longer than many of its fans


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I'll take my Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear, Fallout


...you realize you just invalidated your first point with the second point, yes?

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ever other awesomely epic game


...by whose reckoning? Your's? Considering that there are more people who would play Wii Bowling than Halo 3, I'd guess the bowling is more "epic" to most people.

I personally, having grown up playing video games nonstop for the last 30 years or so, am so sick and tired of the never-ending flood of FPS games - all of which are exactly the same - haven't got the slightest interest in *any* of the titles that are on the 360/PS3 that aren't also on the Wii. Like Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band.

Apparently, being a "real gamer" means that you play the exact same game forever without any material change...except nicer graphics. Hooray. Glad I'm no longer a "real gamer" then. Our XBox had an inch of dust on it before we bought the Wii because of that.


RE: They won.
By Akrovah on 4/25/2011 2:11:45 PM , Rating: 2
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sick and tired of the never-ending flood of FPS games


Word.


RE: They won.
By chick0n on 4/25/2011 5:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
what's so "different" in Wii games other than point at the screen and follow retarded instructions ?

and you seriously think FPS is the only type of game out there ? RPG, Action, Puzzle. None of them requires a "retarded" controller pointing at the screen at all times.

if you are so sick and tired of doing the same thing. I suggest you can just go ahead and end your life at this moment. As a human we all repeat the same kind of task pretty much everyday.


RE: They won.
By SPOOFE on 4/26/2011 1:26:16 AM , Rating: 2
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and you seriously think FPS is the only type of game out there ?

They are the single most prevalent genre of game in terms of individual titles, yes.

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if you are so sick and tired of doing the same thing. I suggest you can just go ahead and end your life at this moment.

Sometimes what a person says about another reveals more about the speaker than the subject. For instance, here you just revealed how your life pathetically revolves around your games and that if you didn't have them you'd commit suicide. I hear your cry for help... and don't care. :)

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As a human we all repeat the same kind of task pretty much everyday.

But not with entertainment. As humans, our brains get bored with repetition. That's why most of what humans do is called "mundane", and it's also why they tend to seek new and interesting things in their leisure time. First-semester psych student fail.


RE: They won.
By Boze on 4/26/2011 9:38:00 PM , Rating: 2
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Considering that there are more people who would play Wii Bowling than Halo 3, I'd guess the bowling is more "epic" to most people


That's why the hoi polloi are the hoi polloi.

Your comment is like saying The DaVinci Code is more epic than The Count of Monte Cristo, or Don Quixote.

Mass consumption is in no way an indicator of quality.

If people are still reading The DaVinci Code a couple of centuries after it was written, I'll be impressed, but I don't think any literary critic is gonna go so far as to call it an "epic", just like no video game critic will ever use the word "epic" in regard to the scope of Wii Sports, although you'll see that used with games like Halo, Mass Effect, Final Fantasy series, etc.


"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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