Since it debuted in 2006, the Nintendo Wii has sold more than 86 million units. The wildly popular game console hasn't gotten a whole lot of love from traditional gamers, though, since it wasn't designed to support the high-end graphics that tend to go along with the most popular video games.
Instead, the Wii's popularity largely came from its unique, first-of-its-kind motion-sensing controllers. With the recent announcement that Nintendo's profits dropped for the second year in a row, it's more critical than ever for the video game giant to come up with something that's on a similar level as the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. That something is officially slated to make its first appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, which is taking place at the beginning of June. A playable version of the Wii's successor will be available at the popular expo.
Nintendo has remained mum on the details about the new system; it hasn't even divulged a name for it and has simply called it "Wii's Successor System." Names that have been floating around for it include Wii HD and Wii 2. Although nothing is certain about what the new system will be like, it will almost definitely be designed to handle HD graphics. Rumor has it the new Wii will also be more powerful than the PS3 and the Xbox 360. E3 takes place in Los Angeles from June 7 to June 9; at that time, the public will finally be apprised of what to expect.
Satoris Iwata, the CEO of Nintendo, noted that the Wii's successor will offer "a new way of playing games within the home." Beyond that, though, he remained silent. Some are wondering if the new Wii will have 3D capabilities, while others are talking about a "screen stream" controller, which would include a controller with a screen on it that could be used to add a new element to game play. Nintendo is banking on creating a system that will become an absolute sensation, but it's not going to go the gimmick route this time around - at least, not if those persistent rumors turn out to be true.