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March 02, 2011

NEWS - No Wii Successor Yet, Says Iwata

Company will consider successor once developers have run out of ideas.

3DS is all the rage in Japan right now. Meanwhile, the Wii is consistently in second place in console sales over there.

Time for a Nintendo console reboot with a successor to the Wii? Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper asked this very question of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata.

Replied Iwata: "It's just four years since release. It's selling over 7 million units a year in North America, so we don't think it's at the limit. We'll make decisions about a successor system at the time when software developers cannot offer surprises (on the Wii)."

The possibility of a Wii successor has been one of the constant questions Iwata has had to address at Nintendo's quarterly earnings meetings and whenever being interviewed by business press like the Yomiuri. His response tends to be similar to the above.

In Japan, Nintendo recently announced a few major new Wii titles, including Tower of Pandora, Rhyhtm Heaven and Kirby. The latter two had been previously announced but are now on track for release this year. Pandora will arrive even sooner -- this Spring.

But Wii will probably need more than just three titles to survive for the coming year. We'll hopefully get some hints at the system's lineup at Iwata's Game Developers Conference keynote address later this week. You'll apparently be able to watch the keynote live, according to Nintendo of America's twitter.

Thanks to IGN!

I'm thinking sometime around Christmas 2012 we might see the next Nintendo console, but who knows, it might be longer than that!


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