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Square Enix CEO – New HD Wii, controller to arrive by 2011

by Mickey DeLorenzoSeptember 22, 2009

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In August, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata explicitly stated that a successor to the best-selling $249 Nintendo Wii won’t “happen any time in the near future.” However, given Sony’s recent introduction of the $299 PlayStation 3 Slim and Microsoft’s $199/$299 Arcade/Elite strategy, the Wii has lost its pricing advantage. Further, even if Nintendo makes good on the increasingly likely $50 Wii price cut, the system remains the least technically proficient of the bunch.

Nintendo’s Wii has certainly earned its keep thus far.

As such, many industry watchers believe that Iwata’s “near future” could be a relative term. Speaking to the Financial Times over the weekend, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada said that he expects Nintendo to release an update to the Wii by 2011; one that will bring the console’s technical capabilities more in line with the Xbox 360 and PS3. Wada also stated that he believes Nintendo may possibly introduce a new controller along with the console update.

[GameSpot]

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5 Comments
  • xero
    September 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Personally, I hope not. I would much rather they release their next console in 2011 which will be backwards compatible with the Wii.
    It should be in the same tech range as the ps4 and the xbox 720, or whatever. I think doing what Msoft did with the 360 and being the first console released in the next gen (and with next gen tech) will be the only way for Nintendo to get the 3rd party support they need to keep leading the way in the console race.

  • LesterWiiGamer
    September 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Hmm i agree with xero wii has a lot of catching up

  • Faeker
    September 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    why bother releasing a new version of a console that will still have horrible games? I say move on and make a brand new console. Of course, they may just want to milk this cash cow into the grave.

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