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Nintendo prepares to show off Wii 2 at E3

Nintendo has committed to delivering an updated Wii console and said it will show a playable version of the next-generation gaming machine at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles in June.

Nintendo made the announcement while serving up financial figures which showed its profit fell by 52 per cent over the past twelve months. The firm was apparently desperate to show investors it has something up it sleeve. That something will be a new Wii, the company confirmed, noting that it has sold 86.1 million of the original family-friendly console since its launch in 2006.

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, declined to give any details of the upcoming device to a news conference in Japan. "We have decided that it is best to let people experience it for themselves at E3.

"So I won't talk about specific details today, but it will offer a new way of playing games within the home," he said.

The original Wii with its waggling controller became a family favourite with its mix of movement and crowd-pleasing games. It was a step ahead of its more powerful rivals, the PS3 and XBox 360 and brought family entertainment to the living room in a way its rivals never did. Since then Microsoft has launched its own motion-controlled input device in the form of the Kinect and it remains to be seen what Nintendo's response will be.

Leaked details suggest, however, that the console, possibly to be called Stream, will be based on an updated AMD R700 GPU architecture. The console's CPU will be a custom-built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset, like the one in Microsoft's Xbox, but the clocking speeds will be faster. The console is expected to support stereoscopic 3D with 1080p high-definition video output.

The E3 Expo will be held June 7th-9th in Los Angeles.