Nintendo announce 'Wii 2' consoleSuccessor to the Nintendo Wii coming in 2012

26 April 2011

Can the Wii 2 replicate the huge success of the original?

Nintendo has announced the successor to it's popular Wii console will be available next year.

Just weeks after releasing the 3DS, Nintendo are the first manufacturer to confirm details of the next generation of home video game consoles. A system to succeed the current Wii will launch in 2012, although the name of the new device has yet to be revealed.

We examine the hardware and judge the 3D graphics in our first look video review of the Nintendo 3DS.

E3 event

The new console will be unveiled for the first time at the annual E3 gaming conference, which is being held between the 7 and 9 June in Los Angeles. Nintendo has confirmed that the console will be playable at the event and more specifications will be announced. 

Nintendo will be looking to follow the massive success of the Wii, which was originally launched in December 2007, and has sold over 80 million units to date.

Although the Wii was the first console of the generation to introduce motion controls, Sony and Microsoft followed with their own PlayStation Move and Kinect controllers.

Read our full review of the original Nintendo Wii to find out what first set it apart from other games consoles. 

Wii 2 rumours

Although official details of the console have consisted of nothing more than the release time frame, there has been a lot of speculation online about features the new console will include.

One of the strongest of these is the inclusion of a six inch touchscreen within the controller itself, giving players the option of playing games without the need to use a TV.

The Wii 2 will almost certainly be capable of outputting in high definition, and is likely to be backwards compatible. 

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