Nintendo has announced that it will release an updated version of the Wii gaming console in 2012.
No technical details have been reveled by Nintendo, but gamers will get a hands-on with the Wii 2 at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles in June.
The original Wii was a massive hit when released five years ago. However, over the past year sales of the games console has fallen off sharply, knocking Nintendo's profits by 66% over the past year.
Nintendo's chief executive, Satoru Iwata says that the updated console "will offer a new way of playing games within the home."
So, what can we expect? Here's a shortlist of possible upgrades:
- HD gaming
- New motion sensors (XBox Kinect or PlayStation Move perhaps)
- Integration with mobile gaming
But hardware improvements will only be part of it with Nintendo. I expect that the new console will not just bring with it different hardware, but also a different way of playing games.
What would you like to see in the Wii 2?