Genesis of Wii 2 Blog

“At Nintendo we always have the obligation to surprise users with a new game console. We have never done what others have. We prefer to create something new that catches attention, and I think this will continue this time as well. Surely the new Nintendo machine will leave you all with your mouth open.”

~Yoshio Sakamoto, co-creator of the Metroid series

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It has been just four short years since Nintendo put their last home console out, the Wii. It feels like only yesterday the sleek, white box was sold out in every outlet that carried it, both large and small. Tales of brave souls who camped outside major stores are still fresh in many of our minds, and are no mere urban myths; some of us may even have seen it happening ourselves.

Even before it launched on the fateful Sunday morning of November 19th, 2006, the Wii had already established itself as a revolutionary cultural phenomenon. With it, not only did Nintendo regain the interest of their faithful fans with promises of brand-new Mario, Metroid, and Zelda titles, but they captured an entirely new customer base that was still on its training wheels. With the world premiere of mass-market motion controls, Nintendo lured the promising new “casual” audience to its latest creation, using a simple, barebones collection of five motion-controlled sports to gain their appeal. Tens of millions of people who would never have thought of touching a video game in their lives were getting up off the couch with their families all over the planet to play tennis, go bowling, punch fighters, get home runs, and hit the fairways, all from the comfort of their living rooms.

The sales figures, exceeding 70 million to date, have broken all sorts of records and proven that Nintendo know what they’re doing. Even to this day, Microsoft and Sony have infamously come out with motion control solutions of their own in a desperate attempt to steal a little of the Wii’s mammoth market share.

But Nintendo is already leaving them in the dust, speeding ahead with plans for their next gaming systems. The Nintendo DS–well known for its venerable game library, rivaled only by Sony’s legendary PlayStation 2–is already riding into the sunset, the Nintendo 3DS primed to take its place, despite strong sales figures. It is now only a matter of time until the Wii undergoes a similar fate.

Thus, this blog was founded. From now until we get an official word to when it’s out and beyond, this site aims to be your one-stop source of information about the Wii’s inevitable successor. News and rumours, previews and reviews, fan wishes and art, everything you’ll ever want will be right here.

The Wii 2 is coming. And it’s gonna be big.

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