Nintendo Announces New Wii – Will The Craze Be As High?

April 27, 2011

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Nintendo Announces New Wii – Will The Craze Be As High?

Let me start by saying I’ve never been a big Nintendo guy. In fact, I’ve never owned a Nintendo anything….I’ve always been a Sega/Playstation guy. When the Wii came out in 2006, I didn’t want one. Actually, I refused to get one….and then my wife brought one home. I know where you THINK I’m going. I played it and fell in love. WRONG! I’ve played it a hand-full of times and I’ve never been a fan. The graphics are not of the same quality that the Playstation 3 (my preferred gaming system) is. It’s hard to beat the PS3’s blu-ray player and overall game play quality.

This week, Nintendo announced that a Wii successor will be introduced in 2012. No specific details have been announced regarding what the new version of the Wii will be capable of, but the one rumor I’ve seen is it will be high definition capable. Given how advanced gaming systems and televisions have become in the last few years, HD is almost a requirement.

But what else will the new Will be capable of? Will it be capable of playing dvds, like the PS3? Will it have an internet browser like the PS3 (I’m not 100% sure it doesn’t now, but I’m 90% sure it doesn’t)? The current Wii has around 80MB of memory….will the new Wii have more or less, or will the produce different models with different memory options? Most importantly (to me), will the Wii be more friendly for sports games enthusiasts (Madden, MLB: The Show, NBA 2k)?

That’s a lot of questions, I know, which is really all the announcement left us with – questions. Nintendo says that there will be a playable version of the new Wii at the E3 Expo in June 2011. I can remember back 5 years ago when the original Wii became available for sale. It was nearly impossible to get one anywhere! The Wii was the first gaming system of its kind, with the motion controllers. Will the second version of the Wii have such a high demand? Only time will tell….but one thing is for sure. My wife is sure to get one, without asking me of course!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Evan
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 14:58:09

    I think this will come down to whether Nintendo advances the platform, like the Wii and Kinect both did. They need something to capture the imaginations of the buying public. If it is the same thing, with better graphics, I don’t see it catching on. Of course, one killer, must-buy game is all that it takes to propel sales.


  2. thelamest(dot)com
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 22:50:10

    hopefully they’ll have some centrifuge system that lets you feel G-force whilst playing Mario Kart.


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