The Wii 2 will be unveiled at the giant E3 event in June and will launch next year.

This article titled “Nintendo confirms Wii successor” was written by Keith Stuart, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 25th April 2011 10.15 UTC

Nintendo has confirmed that it will be launching a successor to its massively successful Wii home console in 2012. As rumoured for several weeks, the new machine will be unveiled at the giant E3 video game event, which takes place from June 7-9 in Los Angeles.

The company released a brief announcement on its investor relations website this morning, but has provided no other information. The confirmation coincides with the release of the veteran manufacturer’s earnings for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2011, which show a 52% fall in operating income, from ¥356bn (£2.6bn) in 2010 to ¥171bn. Worldwide annual sales of Wii hardware have also fallen from just over 20m in 2010 to 15.08m.

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