Wii 2 not coming until Nintendo sells 15 million more US Wiis
Today, Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, was quizzed by Kotaku about the Wii’s successor, to which he said that we shouldn’t expect one in 2011, not even by Christmas. Everything else aside, this makes sense because Nintendo is already launching a new hardware platform next year in the form of the Nintendo 3DS, and a second Nintendo system for consumers to choose from during the holidays is bound to negatively affect the sales of both.
Reggie’s official explanation’s a little different, though – I’m gonna guess it’s because he wants to keep the hype about the Wii 2 as low as possible until they’re finally ready to show it. He says,
As we sit here today we’re saying the Wii has many, many more units to sell. After we’ve reached an installed base of 45 million here in the U.S., we can have a conversation about the next generation.
According to him, the Wii’s US sales currently stand at 30 million. The Wii’s making a lot of noise this year with hardcore hit after epic hardcore hit, and the trend’s continuing until The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and possibly even beyond. Whether this is the twilight phase of the Wii’s lifespan or simply a particularly awesome part of its life, Nintendo is bound to move lots of units, even if the impending release of the 3DS overshadows it a bit.
Even if Nintendo focuses on the 3DS during 2011, I still think it may still be possible that we’ll at least get a teaser of the Wii’s successor at E3. Nintendo has previously followed a pattern of using their handheld as a testing ground for the best ideas to integrate into a new console, so they’ll probably want to give the 3DS and its long list of awe-inspiring features at least a year or so on the market to learn what works and what doesn’t, and use their conclusions to design the finer points of the Wii 2.
Source: Wii 2 Is Not A Must For 2011
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