Coming in 2011: Next-Gen Wii HD

John Davidson over at WhatWePlay.com broke the latest Wii rumor story last week: a Wii 2.0 HD console is in the works.

“High definition visuals are assured, as is a greater emphasis on digitally distributed and backwardly compatible content, indicating that the new system will feature some form of local storage medium such as a hard drive or large flash memory solution. It has also been indicated that Nintendo’s emphasis is again on what the consumer will hold in their hands and interact with, rather than the “console” itself.”

This ain’t no “pretty it up a little and they’ll buy it” approach, either. Nintendo is spending some serious money in research & development.

“Based on figures from Nintendo’s annual financial reports, the company is currently spending more than ten times as much on research and development as it was five years ago, and since the Wii was launched in 2006, R&D spending has more than tripled. While this could be attributed to any number of additional projects, the level of spending suggests that a large project is in the works. In 2003, Nintendo declared that $34 million was spent on R&D. This figure steadily climbed to $103 million in 2006 (the year that the Wii launched) and the following year bumped dramatically to $370 million.”

The 3 way dogfight with Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony will only continue to push R&D spending over the coming years. At this rate, our current consoles will be compared to Pong in 10-15 years…

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Comments

  • By barters81, October 12, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

    This is great news. In my opinion, if Nintendo release a new console in 2011 which hopefully by then has better visuals than both the PS3 and 360 (you would safely assume, can’t you?) with a more refined set of Wii controls, this will effectively destroy Sony and Microsoft. I can’t see how a HD version of the Wii with full backwards capabilities can be out done by anything at the moment. I’m excited as you could imagine if all the ’serious’ developers were developing entirely for the Wii, and the games that would then be produced.

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