New HD Wii coming in 2011?

In an interview with the Financial Times, Square Enix head Yoichi Wada predicts that a new Wii HD is coming in 2011 and that Microsoft and Sony's upcoming motion controllers won't be game changers.

Final fantasy: Concept art for a Wii HD version of Crysis. vgoboxart.com

This isn't the first time we've heard rumors about a new Wii HD coming in 2011, but when the head of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, predicts it, you tend to pay more attention. Wada, whose company is behind the uber popular Final Fantasy franchise, was recently interviewed by the Financial Times and had some interesting comments about a potential Wii HD, as well as the future of motion controllers.

Not surprisingly, Wada predicts the new Wii will feature similar graphics capabilities as the current PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles (why the Wii doesn't at least have an HDMI connection at this point seems ridiculous). While he thinks Nintendo will bring out a brand new motion controller, his more biting comments were reserved for Microsoft's and Sony's upcoming motion-enabled systems. He largely dismissed them.

"Present game machines already have a lot of functions: they are a network terminal, a Blu-ray or DVD player, and a gaming machine. Compared to these three pillars, the (new motion) controllers are quite limited, so the impact may be small," Wada said.

I tend to agree with Wada. Then again, I think the whole motion controller thing is pretty gimmicky at this point, with so few Wii games out there that are truly enhanced by using a motion control scheme.

What do you guys think? Is the Wii destined for tepid sales for the next couple of years, even with a price drop to $199 ? Or is 2011 the prefect time to come out with a new system?

(Source: Gizmodo via Joystiq via the Financial Times)

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