Wii 2: Nintendo plotting "surprise"

Sequel is in works but Iwata says we'll have to wait

Ninty chief says he won't release details because he fears new console will be ripped off.

Nintendo is “studying and developing the next console to Wii,” according to main man Satoru Iwata. But it’s keeping schtum because it doesn’t want rivals nicking its ideas.

Speaking to investors in Japan, Iwata said, “"I am afraid to say that the history of entertainment is also the history of imitation. A great idea will promptly be copied unless protected through patents.”

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Iwata said he wanted to create the element of surprise around the next-gen Wii, which will have to step up its game to compete with new copycats PS3 Move and Xbox 360 Kinect round the corner.

Saying he could not tell Ninty’s backers, “…what, when and how,” the new Wii would be released, Iwata was in no mood to speculate. But in making such a statement, he’s got the gossip mongers chattering about what to expect from the Wii 2.

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Via Eurogamer