It seems speculation around the Wii 2 release date were actually true, back in 2010 it was predicted that the Wii 2 would be released in 2012. Since then speculation grew to include when it would be most likely that the second generation console would be unveiled and by way of an investors letter we now know.
As predicted the Wiii 2 will be first unveiled at the E3 gaming conference in June 2011, this is basically the Mecca of gaming venues where the big companies usually unveil something new and exciting. Although the letter does look like it could have been typed by anyone it has come from a repeatable source, the official investors’ relations website of Nintendo – so basically straight from the horses’ mouth.
It says: “Nintendo 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 March 2011”. So not only are they planning to launch a new console but they have sold 10 million more than others have previously predicted!
”]The letter continued to explain when it would be unveiled, “we will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specification at the E3 expo”. This means we only have two and a half months until we first see the Wii 2 although we’d expect plenty more rumours and leaks before the Expo is here.
At this stage the general belief is the Wii 2 will be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3, presumably to compete with their new models which will be out in coming years. It has also been suggested that the Wiimote will get an upgrade to include a built in touch screen and gamers will be able to use their DS as a controller.