Wii Successor Confirmed, Fans React
Nintendo has finally addressed the Project Cafe rumors that have surfaced over the last couple weeks. The manufacturer revealed details of an unnamed Wii successor in a quarterly earnings report. More information on the console is scheduled for announcements at this year's E3, where a playable model will be open to those in attendance.
Nintendo's official statement read, "Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed the 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."
This is big news, despite most people knowing about it early on. Still, Nintendo making the official announcement prior to E3 gives the company ample time to build hype for the new console. Already gamers are speculating about the upcoming Wii successor.
One gamer echoed the sentiments of others who want the system to be more conventional, saying, "Please, please, please let it be HD with OPTIONAL motion controls. That is all I ask." A similarly inclined individual delved into more detail: "Let's hope they do a better job at keeping up on the hardware side of things. Don't get me wrong. I have a Wii and I love it for the most part, but the fact that it doesn't get most of the multi-platform titles is one of its biggest problems."
Some fans were openly hesitant toward the console. "First Nintendo console I won't be buying at launch," said one gamer. "Prove to me that you can actually get dominant third party support and I won't have to wait to play games in between first-party games." Meanwhile, others were more excited about the system: "SuperNEStastic!" (I kid you not--someone actually said that.)
It's interesting to see fans reacting so differently. Longtime Nintendo loyalists are obviously looking forward to the big reveal at E3, while gamers who were let down by the Wii awaiting more info, suspecting the system will fail to deliver. What are your thoughts on the upcoming Wii successor? Excited? Dubious? Don't care?