Don’t hold your breath for a replacement for the Wii any time soon.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata believes that the Wii still has plenty of life left in it, and the company is not planning to release a successor in the near future. Speaking to Reuters, Iwata said: “I do not think that there is an immediate need to replace the Wii console. But of course, at some point in the future, the need will arise … [But] we currently do not have an answer as to what point in the future that need will come.”
“When we first launched the DS and the Wii, very few people thought that we would have the success that we have had so far. Because of that, Nintendo had no choice but to try to create that market for those two platforms ourselves. So when that time comes (for us to release a new platform) and we are able to garner third-party support coupled with our own properties, we will be able to create a very healthy environment for that platform.”
With new Zelda, Kirby and Donkey Kong games announced at Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference, not to mention a updated version of the N64 classic Goldeneye, there’s plenty to be excited about on the Wii, so it’s hardly surprising that Nintendo isn’t planning to retire it. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to put my Wii out to pasture just yet.