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Next-gen Nintendo Wii due with HD in 2011?

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Mon September 21, 2009

Next-gen Nintendo Wii coming in 2011?

Speaking in an FT interview, software developer Square Enix's chief Yoichi Wada implied the second-generation Nintendo Wii console will be launched sometime in 2011. When it does arrive, Wada believes the so called Wii HD will be capable of many of the same features of competing gaming systems, namely Sony's PlayStation 3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360. This likely means it will be capable of HD video playback and other multimedia capabilities already offered by its more expensive competition.

At the same time, Wada predicts the three consoles will offer similar functionality, with all sporting a variation of the motion controller pioneered by Nintendo.

Wada then went on to downplay the importance of a motion interface, as it's not key for the multimedia and network functions of a gaming console. He did, however, praise Microsoft's Project Natal controller.

"As a user interface it's fantastic and I think it will become standard," he said.

Nintendo was the last to offer an online movie service, and it is limited to Japan only.

by MacNN Staff



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