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Nintendo confirms Wii 2 for 2012, what does it mean for movies?

04.25.2011

In a rare Easter weekend move, Nintendo actually addressed those Wii 2 rumors and whaddya know, they actually confirmed them! In a written statement released late last night, Nintendo said the following:

"Nintendo Co. Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system in to succeed Wii...We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held from June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles."

The new system, currently code-named "Project Cafe," is expected to be the most powerful console on the market when it's released and will remain that way for at least two years, as neither Microsoft nor Playstation will be upgrading their consoles until 2014.

But what does that mean for people who use consoles as more than just a way to play the latest Super Mario Bros. game (as if that's not enough). The new console will almost certainly include a built-in Blu-ray player and increase the Wii's online compatibility. You can currently stream Netflix on the Wii but not in HD, something that will very likely change. You can also expect to see some sort of Nintendo market, like the Xbox Marketplace and Playstation Network, that may allow you to purchase movies, TV shows and more. It does not appear at this point that the new Wii console will include 3D.

On the gaming side, it's been rumored that the new console will be essentially a giant Nintendo DS with the controller acting as the touchscreen and your TV, the top screen. There will be no shortage of rumors as E3 approaches and we'll follow them closely and bring you reports from the conference as Nintendo makes the big announcement.

So what would YOU like to see in the new Wii?

Source: Mashable

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9:45PM on 04/26/2011
Zelda. That's when I'll buy it!
Zelda. That's when I'll buy it!
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9:30AM on 04/26/2011

i doubt blu-ray

nintendo's consoles have always been "gaming machines". true they have netflix on the wii, but there's a reason why they didn't make the Wii a DVD player. they always wanted to keep things separate. we'll see i guess.
nintendo's consoles have always been "gaming machines". true they have netflix on the wii, but there's a reason why they didn't make the Wii a DVD player. they always wanted to keep things separate. we'll see i guess.
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11:36PM on 04/25/2011
Games are fine now. The controller screen idea was originated by Dreamcast, kinda funny how DC started that and online gaming yet was largely ignored when it came out. [But now everyone says DC was the best.] Dreamcast is still my favorite! Not sure I can get into the 3D part, seems like it would give a headache after a while. Nice gimmick though.
Games are fine now. The controller screen idea was originated by Dreamcast, kinda funny how DC started that and online gaming yet was largely ignored when it came out. [But now everyone says DC was the best.] Dreamcast is still my favorite! Not sure I can get into the 3D part, seems like it would give a headache after a while. Nice gimmick though.
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10:32PM on 04/25/2011

LAME...

unless this fucker has real for deal graphics, like actual virutral graphics I will not be dishing out 500 dollars or whatever retarded amount of money they will charge us. I could careless if it has a fuckin blu-ray player, or will be streaming movies, or I can't buy movies. I was able to do that with 360 and PS3. So they need to something that will change the gaming community forever. something that has never been done, and will never be done ever again. And it will be a bigger DS. Lamer. I
unless this fucker has real for deal graphics, like actual virutral graphics I will not be dishing out 500 dollars or whatever retarded amount of money they will charge us. I could careless if it has a fuckin blu-ray player, or will be streaming movies, or I can't buy movies. I was able to do that with 360 and PS3. So they need to something that will change the gaming community forever. something that has never been done, and will never be done ever again. And it will be a bigger DS. Lamer. I want to be able to be inside the game as a gameable character like that scene in demolition man. :) then I will dish out all my hard earnings. :)

So for now I am stickin with lame. Sorry.
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7:31PM on 04/25/2011
Honestly, Im perfectly fine with where video game tech is these days and I wouldnt mind not seeing new next gens until years from now. And it wouldnt surprise me if Wii2 is like the newer Xboxs and PS3s, basically same thing new package
Honestly, Im perfectly fine with where video game tech is these days and I wouldnt mind not seeing new next gens until years from now. And it wouldnt surprise me if Wii2 is like the newer Xboxs and PS3s, basically same thing new package
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7:15AM on 04/26/2011
I gotta agree...having both the Wii and the 360, and them hooked up to an HDTV, I'm happy as a clam with how my games look, how they play and every other element.

2014 is fine...2012...too soon.
I gotta agree...having both the Wii and the 360, and them hooked up to an HDTV, I'm happy as a clam with how my games look, how they play and every other element.

2014 is fine...2012...too soon.
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1:52PM on 04/25/2011
Fingers crossed that this'll cause MS and Sony to step up their plans, and we can finally get some new graphics engines!
Fingers crossed that this'll cause MS and Sony to step up their plans, and we can finally get some new graphics engines!
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12:29PM on 04/25/2011
The Wii2 being in HD is all but confirmed. There's no way Nintendo would be dumb enough to release a new console without it. It's what people want, and it's just better. Just thinking of all the Nintendo franchises that will be in awesome 1080p clarity gives me a woody.
The Wii2 being in HD is all but confirmed. There's no way Nintendo would be dumb enough to release a new console without it. It's what people want, and it's just better. Just thinking of all the Nintendo franchises that will be in awesome 1080p clarity gives me a woody.
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10:36AM on 04/25/2011

2012?

Perfect time to introduce a new revolutionary gaming console into the market Nintendo, just right when the end of the world is upon us...
Perfect time to introduce a new revolutionary gaming console into the market Nintendo, just right when the end of the world is upon us...
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5:59PM on 04/25/2011
Well, at least it will come out before the end of the world. Microsoft and Sony won't even have a chance to release their next models.
Well, at least it will come out before the end of the world. Microsoft and Sony won't even have a chance to release their next models.
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9:59AM on 04/25/2011
I've heard many rumours about this but what I think is most likely is we will see a Wii 2 with a unique controller, fun family orientated games and NO HD.
They don't need it. They proved it with the first Wii. Why try competing against Microsoft and Sony when they can create their own market?
I've heard many rumours about this but what I think is most likely is we will see a Wii 2 with a unique controller, fun family orientated games and NO HD.
They don't need it. They proved it with the first Wii. Why try competing against Microsoft and Sony when they can create their own market?
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2:04PM on 04/25/2011
This might be the most narrow-minded comment I've ever read.

They don't need HD? Are you kidding me? Thank God you're not in charge at Nintendo, cuz you'd sink that company in record time.
This might be the most narrow-minded comment I've ever read.

They don't need HD? Are you kidding me? Thank God you're not in charge at Nintendo, cuz you'd sink that company in record time.
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