Today Nintendo has officially announced that the successor system of the Nintendo Wii will be shown at E3 this coming June in Los Angeles. The announcement comes after a long trail of speculation from the media. On the announcement, Nintendo also forecasted that the new system (widely known as the Wii 2) will have an official release date sometime in 2012.
Here is the official Nintendo announcement:
Re: Wii’s successor system
Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed 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.
Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.
Unfortunately the announcement did not include a whole lot of information or official specs on the device, which has been also called "Project Cafe., However, around the web there have been heavy rumors that talk about a revamped version of the AMD R7000 GPU architecture, as well as a triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset that will be designed to beat the Xbox 360, 1080p output and a controller that features a 6-inch 1080p color touchscreen.
We expect that in the months leading up to E3 the rumors will keep on coming, even the official specs of the system might get leaked. Whatever the case might be, the good news are that Nintendo fans have something to look for at E3, and quite frankly, the release of a console that will allow Nintendo to remain competitive in the video game market and the entertainment industry in general.
Please let us know what you think about the new revelations from Nintendo in the comments section below, and for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the pictures that are going around the net regarding the new device (these are not official pictures from Nintendo, some of them are mockups, so take them as a grain of salt!):