Nintendo has finally confirmed that it is planning to launch the Wii successor Wii2 somewhere during 2012.
The company, amidst of all sorts of rumours and speculations regarding the much awaited game console, released a three-paragraph-statement saying that a playable model of the device will be demonstrated in the upcoming E3 Expo, to be held on June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles, followed by it hitting the market by autumn next year.
Nintendo said in the statement (opens in new tab), “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.” It added, “Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012”.
The possibility of the console being unveiled at the E3 Expo had been already predicted by quite a many, accompanied by a recent price cut in the aging Wii by multiple distributors which was seen by many as a pre-emptive strategy by the company to get back the attention of the gamer-community.
It remains interesting to see now whether this confirmation from Nintendo slows down the rumours or it rather acts as a catalyst in bringing up even more of those.