Nintendo announced today via press release (PDF download) that we will see their next generation console at E3.  What’s more exciting is that it will be playable.  The target launch for this system will be in 2012, but specifications and price has not been disclosed yet.  The contents of the press release read:

To whom it may concern:
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

This announcement may further jeopardize the holiday season launch for Skyward Sword as Nintendo may push it back to launch on their new system. The other option is of course to launch Skyward Sword on both the Wii and their new system.  Wii2, Project Cafe, Stream, or whatever you want to call it is coming, it is not known if Skyward Sword will be released as a launch title for this new system, solely for the Wii, or for both systems.  Most gaming websites seem to agree that this new system will be backwards compatible with the Wii and possibly even the Gamecube.  This lines up with what was said at E3 2010 about how even if Nintendo were to release a new system they would still like to see Wii Motion Plus as a control input.  E3 2011 will be here in about 5 weeks, and we’re excited to see what Nintendo has to show off.

What do you think Nintendo will show off at E3 besides Skyward Sword, their Wii successor and Ocarina of Time 3D?
Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Nintendo Press Release (Warning PDF download)
Related: Skyward Sword Walkthrough

Sorted Under: Skyward Sword