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Square Enix CEO Predicts New Wii in 2011

It's not commonly thought that the current console generation will be one with a little bit of a longer life cycle than the one before it (particularly in the Xbox's case), but typically that belief applies to the Microsoft and Sony systems. The Wii is sometimes excluded due to its already comparatively outdated hardware.

Yoichi Wada, CEO of Square Enix, believes that a new Wii will be released by 2011. Instead of having capabilities beyond the PS3 or Xbox 360, Wada believes that the new Wii will have features more in line with today's consoles but with the possibility of a new controller.

Read more at the Financial Times.

  • False_Dmitry_II
    So... they're going to copy project Natal?
  • samely
    False_Dmitry_IISo... they're going to copy project Natal?I wouldn't call it "copy". Natal took what the Wii had going and extended it.
  • Xzar
    They should only release a new console once the Wii starts losing market share. Don't fix something if it's not broken. Sega made the mistake of heavily marketing the Dreamcast while the Saturn still had strong software sales in Japan. With the result that many 3rd party publishers deserted Sega.
  • anonymousdude
    Depends how you look at it. You could say Nintendo going to copy Natal, but then you could say Natal copied the Wiimote and eyetoy. It really depends how far back you trace the technology.
  • Blessedman
    I think they can get away with a move like this as long as it has backwards compatibility.
  • mcshasta
    Backwards compatibility is a must. It'd be nice if gamecube controllers still worked as well.
  • if it is still pitifully underpowered i dont see how it will sell when you can get a much more powerful system for not much more that being either a xbox or a ps3
  • matt87_50
    but what will they call it?
  • nitto555rchallenger
    XzarDon't fix something if it's not broken. Yeah, the Wii doesn't appeal to hardcore gamers, but the company has out sold both consoles each year. What they need to do is make some better games, then some stupid stick figures that you can get bored of in less that 5 mins.
  • ravewulf
    I still like how the black version looks a lot. Hopefully the new one can come in black