Iwata: No Wii successor until after FY2012

Tuesday, 26th April 2011 07:36 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the successor to Wii that was announced yesterday won’t launch in FY2012, meaning it’ll release after April 2012.

Iwata said the new console is coming because “it became difficult for developers to surprise customers with the current Wii.”

Despite speculation on his part that it might be a factor in the next hardware in the wake of 3DS’s showing at E3 last year, he said it may not feature 3D tech, insisting that it becoming one of the key points for it would have been difficult with the lack of 3DTVs in homes.

For the tech itself, Iwata said it would “offer something new for home game systems.”

The new hardware, thought to be codenamed Project Cafe, was confirmed for a 2012 release yesterday alongside confirmation of it being playable at E3 in June in a similar announcement to that of 3DS last year.

Thanks, Andriasang.




  1. thesupersakura

    I am so excited for this!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. frostquake

    E3 will be quite interesting this year! Hopefully Nintendo will have a Good Showing of NEW titles for the Wii 2, and not just a RE-HASH of all its old titles with better graphics!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Christopher Jack

    @2, It’s Nintendo you’re talking about.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. CptKurk

    Fiscal 2012 ends in March 2013.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    Yeah if its after Fiscal year of 2012 then it will be March 2013 and if thats the case Nintendo would just be beating their head against the wall because within a year the next 360 will be announced or released. And we all know that console will put Wii 2 in the dust once again.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    I’m interested to see it, but not even remotely excited. Nintendo haven’t pushed my buttons for a long, long time.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. nofear360

    @4 @5 Actually, FY2012 ends in March 2012, not 2013. There’s nothing wrong with the article.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. CptKurk

    Does Nintendo use its own fiscal dating system? Japan’s fiscal year (“nendo”) always begins with a three month “delay” to the calendar year, not nine months prematurely. Perhaps I’m wrong about Nintendo, but the rest of the Japanese economy started its FY2011 (ie. Heisei 23-nendo) on 1 April 2011.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. nofear360

    @8 Hmm, I had no idea Japan’s fiscal year differs from the one used in videogame industry (overall) – not trying to rub it in, just saying ;).

    I had to read many articles in the past to figure out from when to when a fiscal year runs. The way I’ve come to understand it is this:

    Fiscal year, say, 2013 (for most game companies) starts on April 1st, 2012 and ends on March 31st, 2013. It’s really weird, I know, but that’s how it seems to be :).

    But you most likely assumed so because the conference took place in Osaka, which is very reasonable, yeah

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Phoenixblight


    Most of the Western economy uses that same system where the fiscal year ends in March of the next year. Not the way Nofear uses, I can’t think of a company that would do it like that its so against the grain of everyone else.

    #10 4 years ago

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