Monday, September 21

Yoichi Wada says there'll be a new Wii in 2011, and "motion" impact for PS3 & Xbox will be small

As I've said before, next year will be the "year of motion" for both Sony and Microsoft as said companies release their Nintendo-inspired motion thingies. With the Wii being a runaway success, the PS3 and Xbox 360 want to show off some magic of their own. But if Suare-Enix's President Yoichi Wada is to be believed, Neither Sony, nor Microsoft will see much magic at all. In fact he sees a "small" impact on the industry when the peripherals are released. Yoichi also believes there'll be a new Wii come 2011.

He says, expect the new Wii to feature functionality more like Microsoft's Xbox or Sony's PS3, and possibly a different controller. Wada also believes that the recession would not have a lasting impact on the gaming industry, and attributed the weak US numbers to a slow down in sales from Nintendo games.

Rumors have been running rampant about an impending price cut for the Nintendo Wii, and it was recently confirmed in a retailer conference call. It's a win-win situation for gamers this holiday season, and I say, that's the way it should be. Always.


09/21/09 Ernice Gilbert

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