The gaming world has been abuzz with the news of a successor to the Wii to be shown off at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California. Speculation and rumors of features ranging from touch sensitive LCD screens on the controllers to a processing powerhouse that will rival that of the current gen Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are discussed daily. But the question that doesn't appear to be asked much is, "Can the Wii 2 be as successful as its predecessor?"
Launched in November of 2006, the Nintendo Wii arrived alongside the PlayStation 3 a full year after the launch of the Xbox 360. In this new age of the five to six hundred dollar consoles, the Wii offered a seemingly exceptional value at effectively half of the retail price of its competition and a revolutionary controller design that enticed not only long time gamers, but created an entirely new demographic, the casual gamer.