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Analyst: Wii 2 will debut in 2012

If you care anything about what people who are paid to predict the happenings of the games industry think (it's OK to say "no"), then you might be interested to hear that Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian expects we'll see a successor to the Wii next year.

The Wii launched in November of 2006. It's been more than four years. To give some perspective, the 'Revolution' was revealed three and a half years after Nintendo's previous console, the Gamecube, was released. So it seems like we're overdue for Nintendo to show us the next thing it has up its sleeve. But with the PS3 and 360 still going strong, will Nintendo really release a brand new system?

Sebastian says yes. He said in a research note that he expects the "debut of a new Wii in 2012." This will come after Nintendo ignites the hardware market this year with the 3DS. Customers will remember how exciting it is to actually see a new video game system, and that will drive interest for a Wii 2 in the following months.

Nintendo has hinted that it's working on a new system, but has been very cagey about it. We have absolutely no details about what could be in the works for the device. Would you buy a Wii 2 next year, or in 2013?

Feb 1, 2011

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32 comments

  • EnigmaSpirit - February 2, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    My one wish, my one and only wish, is that it uses a real controller, not a stipped down tv remote. The only way to play real games on the wii is with it's predecessor (The GCN)'s controller.
  • Hyawatta - February 2, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    I believe that Nintendo's next generation system will be called: WII That would be pronounced Wii 2. Remember that you heard it here first!
  • Gamerdude1010 - February 2, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    I own a Wii and i love it people who complain about shitty graphics or the controller which is remote and nunchuck who cares man if you cant adapt to it then you are not a true gamerand black ops rocks man i cant believe people knock off the wii because the graphics or the controller. Dude give it up be happy with what system you already have cause I am
  • Japanaman - February 2, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    Forget Wii 2. If they release a satin white or green Wii, that would be great!
  • jmcgrotty - February 2, 2011 9:16 a.m.

    The only chance that Nintendo has of any success is if the Revolution 2 gets away from that bullcrap motion control. OK, Nintendo (and Sony. And Microsoft) jokes over, please return to reality with these game systems.
  • Fuzunga - February 2, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    Actually, looking at Nintendo's history, they typically release a new console the year after a new handheld launches.
  • laurenhiya21 - February 2, 2011 3:03 a.m.

    i kind of doubt it will come out next year... but even if it does, and it is a lot better than the first wii, i still wouldn't buy it i will be going to university next year, unless i win the lottery, i wont have too much cash to spare (unless i can find it cheap)
  • nwnfan98 - February 2, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    question WTF will nintendo do with the new WII it'll take them longer for that to happen and if they wanted to do a new console they would have anounced it a long time ago like idk last damn year i mean for god sakes people its nintendo they don't keep things in the black for years on end if they are working on a new console they are working on it but right now we don't need another damn console on the market just more damn games, and for everyone who says oh the wii won't stand up against the 360 and PS3 i don't think your looking at the damn price and the value of a wii you get 2 games for free when you buy one for 250$, and right now nintendo is busy with the 3DS thats there "Console" now when microsoft and sony anounce there plans for one then maybe MAYBE nintendo will make a new console but tell them the prediction of one is like saying i can tell when the world will end "2012" it isn't going to happen any time soon think about it.
  • icedoesnthelp - February 2, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    also just wanted to point this out, but a Legend of Zelda game is usually released near the end of a consoles life (well ever since the series has gone 3D), therefore I think its plausible that a new console will be announced sometime this year.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - February 2, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    The wii existed to capitalize on a new casual market before anyone else. Since casuals don't have any brand loyalty, though, Move and Kinect are going to take most of them away. Nintendo already started their renewed push toward the hardcore with the 3DS' lineup and with their original 3DS reveal, so their new system will most likely continue that. Wow, i feel like an ass for writing all that.
  • venomman01 - February 2, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    The Wii needs to stay focused on being fun. It shouldn't take itself too seriously. Its called a "Wii". And does everyone remember their original ads? There is nothing hardcore about that.
  • DeadlyViper95 - February 2, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    we honestly dont need a new wii.. just a big firmware update with Usernames instead of friend codes, better online interface. i dont want the wii to become a hardcore console, super mario galaxy is the best game of this generation. besides the wii is very much capable of hardcore games, devs are just assholes, and people r mad ignorant
  • markshell - February 2, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    Nintendo is one smart motherfucker. It sold zillions of a last-gen console with it's cheaper price tag (the wii) and now that the other companies don't even think about improving their specs anytime soon, the wii2 will come with probably HD support, PS3 graphics and better online conectivity, complete with a shiny list of stelar launch titles. Since downloadable content today is allowing current-gen consoles to last much longer, 2012 will be a perfect time for Nintendo to launch a truly current-gen system that will bring the spotlight to itself again. Fucking brilliant.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 1, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    I don't have the first Wii, so I probaly won't get this one. The only reson I would is if it actually came with a controller, one like the 360 or PS3.
  • monkeys0008 - February 1, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    it might actually be amazing if it is hd, otherwise it will just be crap
  • batmanboy11 - February 1, 2011 11:24 p.m.

    It's possible, I suppose. Hopefully it's in HD and has good online.
  • Nap1400 - February 1, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    I agree that we will probably see a new console by Ninty this year, and what I am hoping for is -Better motion control (To be able to rival Move and Kinect) -A dedicated network to online interaction, like Sony and Microsoft have, that isn't glitched up like theirs. (With usernames instead of friend codes) -Better graphical power (Not my biggest concern, but Nintendo needs to learn that most of today's gaming audience, unfortunately, focuses on graphics) -A decent launch price. (Keep it in the $300 range, please.) And I don't want it to be Wii 2. I'd rather Nintendo come up with a new name for their console, so they can still be separated with their rivals, who only made continuations of their previous consoles.
  • Eliath - February 1, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    Gone are the days where I go nuts at the announcement of a new Nintendo console. While I like my Wii, Gamecube, and N64 they have all taken a back seat to the Playstation consoles. Until I see the specs, games, and what the third party support looks like I will reserve judgement. I do agree that we will see an announcement, and I think Brett has a high probability of being right with a 2012 holiday release.
  • Jesse1066 - February 1, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    It should be called "Super Wii."
  • Aletheon - February 1, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    The Wii is awesome. Complainers that complain are predictable and boring. Go play black ops.

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