It is rumored that the successor to the Wii is slated to be revealed at E3 this year, with a 2012 release. It would finally move Nintendo into the HD era and explain the Wii’s future price drop. And, it is supposedly more powerful than the PS3 or XBox 360, meaning that Nintendo will jump from last place to first place. Nintendo, of course, has refused to comment on rumors or speculation. Will Nintendo possibly treat Skyward Sword the same way as they did Twilight Princess?
What does Nintendo need to do to make the Wii 2 successful? Well, the rumored HD capabilities are a must. It was understandable for the Wii to not have HD this generation in order to keep the hardware affordable, but if the next Nintendo does not include HD support, it will be the mockery of the video game world, and it will likely be overcome by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720. Also, the Wii 2 really needs some sort of DVD or, preferably, Blu-ray integration in order to make the system more versatile in terms of utility and disc format storage space. Nintendo tried to fix the movie playback issue by supporting Netflix on the Wii, but who is going to choose Netflix on the Wii over Netflix on the PS3 or XBox 360 in addition to a fully-functional DVD/Blu-Ray player? I know I sure didn’t.
Backwards compatibility is also a must-have for the Wii 2. Without it, the infant system may be a turn-off for veteran Nintendo gamers; however, Nintendo rarely releases a system without backwards compatibility, so likely this will not be an issue.
Of course, even with rumors of HD, these reports only bring more questions. Will the new hardware use the Wii’s motion controllers, or introduce a new controller, or incorporate some combination of the two? Will the controls be motion-based if Nintendo chooses to create a new controller? Will it be affordable? Will Nintendo repeat history and not be able to ship enough systems for release?
The list of questions could go on and on, but there is one big one that I’m sure is on everybody’s mind: what will Nintendo’s next big innovation be? Almost all Nintendo systems have an innovation of one kind or another. The Nintendo 64 introduced 3D polygonal graphics and analog control, the DS introduced the touch screen, the Wii introduced motion gaming, and the 3DS introduced actual stereoscopic 3D viewing. What could Nintendo possibly do to top 3D and motion gaming? Virtual reality? Mind control? We know it’ll probably be more than just an HD upgrade, but beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.