New Nintendo Console Officially Confirmed, Will Debut At E3 2011

Long after reports started to break that Nintendo was indeed working on a new console, the company has this morning officially confirmed the existence of the new console. Nintendo has said that it plans to phase out the Wii and replace it with a new system sometime in 2012. The company went on to say that they will “show a playable model of the new system” at this year’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles from June 7 to 9. They went on to say that at that point they will reveal even more details about the new system at that point.

nintendologoFor all intensive purposes the original Wii was a huge commercial success selling more than 86 million units worldwide. The Wii turned the gaming world on its head by making a console at a very attractive price point and then marketing the game as a casual gaming console. This put the Wii firmly out in front as far as sales in the next generation console wars but the move did have a cost. The Wii is far inferior to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 in terms of raw power and was quickly classified as for “kiddie games” by most avid gamers. The original decision was smart from a sales perspective but ultimately limited the viable lifespan of the console and thus we are where we are. Nintendo reported that net sales dropped 29% during the fiscal year ended March 31, with net income plunging 66%. That was worse than the year before, when net sales fell 22% and net income dropped 18%.

There are lots of rumors about what the next Nintendo console will be but honestly I think it will at the most put Nintendo’s console on par with the PS3 and Xbox 360, I seriously doubt it will outdo either of those consoles on features, quality of hardware or raw power.

Well there you have it folks the new console is real and we should get a good look at it soon enough. Who is looking forward to the Wii 2 or whatever they call it.

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