While it’s been rumored for a couple weeks, today Nintendo made it official; their new console will arrive in 2012. This crushes some wild rumors that said it would be out this year, but it still leaves open a ton of questions including the rumored 6″ screen on the controller and what the system itself will be called. We won’t have to wait long, as Nintendo promises a playable demonstration of the system at E3 in June. Here’s their announcement:
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Re: Wii’s successor system
Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.
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.
Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.