Some more information has emerged about the Wii U console.
And the biggest snippet is the fact that Nintendo’s sequel has been confirmed as launching before the end of 2012.
The company has learned “bitter” lessons from the 3DS launch, which failed to make the Christmas launch window and slipped to March, with sales suffering as a result.
Hopefully they’ll have learned pricing lessons as well, as the 3DS had too steep a price tag for many when it was first out.
The Wii has always been a competitive piece of hardware, of course, but the Wii U boasts higher-end technology capable of HD visuals, not to mention a mini-tablet controller, which will push the price up. Fingers crossed not by too much, though.
The Wii U will apparently be launching replete with a stock of great titles, as it should be.
In other Wii U news, the controller will come with NFC technology as well, apparently. This will allow it to read cards or other objects with chips embedded in them, although again, we’re eyeing that potential price tag nervously.
Another rumour is that Nintendo may be considering a name change to differentiate the console more from the original Wii.
We guess we’ll find out about the name when the official unveiling comes at this year’s E3 in June. Hopefully, some impressive launch titles will be revealed, too.
In other Nintendo news, the company just updated its forecast for a bigger loss for the year running to April 2012. The estimated loss has been upped from 20 billion yen to 65 billion, not good at all.
3DS sales are still underperforming relative to Nintendo’s expectations, even after the big summer price cut. Whereas the handheld was previously expected to shift 16 million over the year, Nintendo has revised that figure down to 14 million according to Bloomberg.