"No Wii 2 for 2011" confirm Nintendo

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Holding out for a Wii 2 announcement from Nintendo? Well don’t hold your breath; Nintendo’s US boss Reggie Fils-Aime has stated that the company has no plans to announce a successor in this year or even the next.

Believing there’s more life in the old dog yet, Fils-Aime told Kotaku that Nintendo’s focus remains firmly fixed on selling as many first-generation Wii consoles as is possible.

“As we sit here today we’re saying the Wii has many, many more units to sell. After we’ve reached an installed base of 45m here in the US we can have a conversation about the next generation.”

Nintendo have already sold 30.4 million Wii consoles in the US alone. It’s taken just four years to reach that number in the States, which compares favourable to the 100 million worldwide Sony PS2 sales across the course of an entire decade.

But with avanced motion control units now available for the Xbox 360 and PS3, Nintendo’s Wii no longer has a unique selling point, and if anything is looking rather dated.

Perhaps a sub-£100 price point for next year could re-invigorate slowing sales? It worked wonders for Sony’s PS2, so why not shave a few quid off that price tag, eh Nintendo?

Gerald Lynch