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Nintendo Officially Announces Wii Successor

April 25, 2011

Well, we assumed as much about Nintendo’s next console, and they confirmed it today.

Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.

We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Simple and to the point, that’s for sure. It appears Nintendo wanted to put the rumors to rest by coming out with it. They obviously saved all the details for E3, but that surely won’t stop everyone from speculating as to what the new console will be able to do.

Part of me is kind of bummed that they came out and announced it, rather than held off to surprise everyone at the show itself. Sony did the same thing a few months ago with the NGP. Where’s the shock? Where’s the surprise? Not fun.

As I said in earlier posts, Nintendo’s E3 is shaping up to be a pretty great two hour keynote.

Thoughts on the announcement and lack-there-of details?

Via TechnoBuffalo

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