Nintendo has confirmed that in 2012 we will see a successor to the Wii. This yet-unnamed 'Wii 2' is the subject of much speculation, but one only needs to look at the 3DS to make a very strong educated guess about some of what's to come.
One of the features of the 3DS is the connectivity with the Wii, at least in terms of the Mii avatars. A user's Wii avatar can be exported to the Nintendo 3DS. However, a Mii created on the 3DS cannot be exported to the Wii. It's a one-way process that, as Nintendo Product Marketing Manager Bill Trinen explained to Joystiq last January, "the Mii Maker on the Nintendo 3DS is a more robust program and has newer features, like hairstyles and eyes and things like that." Accordingly, 3DS Miis are too robust for the original Wii.
It's a near surefire bet that the Wii 2 will have equally robust Miis to the 3DS, if not more so. With the 3DS's ability to convert a photo of the user to a Mii, interoperability between the two devices would make Mii creation for the Wii 2 a snap, and further encourage fans of one system to purchase the other. Further interoperability between other functions could be the name of the Wii 2 game.
Nintendo has sold more than 86 million Wii units. The company has promised to reveal more about the new system via a "playable model" of the Wii 2 at the E3 Expo, June 7-9, 2011.
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