Nintendo announces Wii 2

Nintendo has announced that it will release an updated version of the Wii gaming console in 2012.

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?

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