Screen Digest’s Piers Harding-Rolls is predicting that an HD compatible Nintendo Wii will release in the near future and that a true Wii successor will debut within 2-3 years. He thinks that the console will arrive before the next PlayStation and Xbox.

“We expect it to have a shorter lifecycle than the high definition consoles, says Harding-Rolls. “We’re actually pitching it for an end of 2012 Japan release and the rest of world in 2013.”

“Our forecast actually incorporates the idea that there will be an upgraded version of the Wii available,” he continued. “There is potentially significant movement to come from Wii pricing in the future. If you look at the handheld strategy they’ve got the DSi and the 3DS, so I think they’ve got room to have to this iterative version before a 2012 or 2013 release.”