No Nintendo Wii 2 Yet: Sales Impact

By Peter Chubb - Mar 1, 2011

The Nintendo Wii is just over four years old, and is their 7th-generation console. There is no denying how popular this console was and still is, as it was considered a game changer. The news that there will be no new Nintendo Wii 2 yet has surprised us all, as we have all seen the sales impact since the Xbox 360 and PS3 moved in on the motion-sensor market.

Speaking at a recent event, Satoru Iwata, from Nintendo confirmed our fears that they have no plans for a new version of the Wii just yet; they will only consider this once the console has reached its limit. According to Neo Gaf Forums, Nintendo has yet to run out of ideas for their console, so will still back its current Wii.

The Wii has been dropping in sales in recent months, just last month it was in 4th place with worldwide sales of just 164,078. Now compare that to the best selling console last month, the PS3 had 203,532 sales. This is a far cry from a few years ago, when Sony’s console used to struggle to compete with the likes of not only the Wii, but also the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo DS.

Having said that, the new 3DS is now out in Japan, and will not be long before it is released to the rest of the world. We expect this new portable games console to dominate the market, as its predecessor once did. We understand why Nintendo would say that they do not want to develop the Wii 2 yet, because it might have the same 10-year cycle as the Xbox 360 and PS3 is said to have.

Do you believe that Nintendo should release the Wii 2 sooner rather than later?

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  • Trevor

    It's not quite obsolete yet. People talk about the Playstation Move and its enhanced accuracy but the Wii has an equivalent amount of accuracy with its Wii Motion Plus peripheral. The problem is, there's only a handful of games that support the Wii Motion Plus peripheral. The Wii also has a multitude of accessories that can further be developed (like the Wii balance board) or new ones yet to be discovered. The problem is, that 3rd party publishers have completely dropped the ball with development for Wii games. Nintendo themselves will introduce a new peripheral, like the balance board, or Wii Motion Plus and showcase their capabilities through games like Wii Fit or Wii sports resort, and will expect third party developers to take it from there- but they haven't. In this way, I feel that Nintendo feels they can develop games to enhance these accessories and attract more buyers or even create further motion based accessories that capitalize on the current technology. Heck, is it far off from them adding sensor bar add ons to create a Kinect-like peripheral? I wouldn't be surprised if it happened.

    • Tin

      It's not obsolete and if you are in the gaming industry, which it sounds like you may be..I could see your point. But as far as "current" matters of basic more opportunity right now the Playstation Move is moving up!

  • Tin

    I think it is outgraded because of the the Playstation Move..which is basically the Wii on steroids!

  • Sunniva

    later, I just bought one and I don't want it to become outgraded just yet!