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New Nintendo console set for 2012

Nintendo to give first look at Wii successor at E3 in June

New Nintendo console set for 2012
The new console will replace the Wii.

Nintendo has announced that it will launch a new home console in 2012.

In a note released along with its latest financial results, the company says that it will show a playable model of the new console at this year's E3 Expo, to be held 7th-9th June in Las Vegas.

No other details were available on the console, which Nintendo says is the successor to its Wii console.

Launched in 2006, the Wii was the first home video console to make wide use of motion tracking controllers in its games.

The company also announced that it plans to launch a software download service for the Nintendo 3DS and other online services including a ‘Nintendo e-Shop’, which would offer videos and demos.

Nintendo reported annual profits for the year to end of March 2011 were down 52%, to 171.1bn yen ($2.09bn).

The company warned that while the Great East Japan Earthquake did not cause any direct damage that would affect the company’s production, it did expect indirect impact from economic disruption.

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