The Wii has been a runaway hit for Nintendo. It’s sold millions upon millions, sparked a motion-control movement in gaming, and continues to outsell its heftier competitors.
However, Square Enix CEO Toichi Wada thinks the Wii 2 will arrive soon with more power under the hood.
How soon? According to a report in the Financial Times, Wada said 2011, and that when it does arrive it’ll debut with “functionality more like that of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 or Sony’s PlayStation 3, and possibly a different controller.”
It’s no secret Nintendo plans on going high-definition with their next hunk of hardware. Nintendo pres. Satoru Iwata openly stated in a June 2009 interview with Venture Beat that “If we have an opportunity to make a new console, it will probably support HD because it is now common throughout the world.”
How farfetched is all of this? Possibly not very. Nintendo released the Wii in 2006, and if the traditional Nintendo 5 year hardware cycle is followed, 2011 fits in nicely on the timeline.