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Gamers have been waiting years for Nintendo to finally release its Wii successor, and Game Informer has heard from multiple sources that the company will unveil it at E3 this summer if not sooner.
We have confirmed with multiple sources that this new home system is capable of running games at HD resolutions. There are conflicting reports, however, as to whether its graphics will be comparable to those on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – meaning it could surpass or fall short of those systems. Either way it will offer competitive specifications. Moving to HD should greatly help Nintendo and its new console in getting more multi-platform triple-A titles like Portal 2 or Mortal Kombat. This, in turn, will strengthen Nintendo's historically poor relationship with third-party publishers/developers.
In fact, Nintendo is already showing publishers the system in an effort to get them interested and allow them plenty of time to start developing titles in anticipation of the system's reported late 2012 launch. This advance support marks a change
from when the Wii launched. At that time, several Western publishers were
outright surprised by the announcement, and it affected the software support for the platform.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata himself acknowledged that it needs to do a better job with its publishing partners at a 3DS press conference in the fall of 2010. "We need to decrease the concern that only Nintendo software can sell well on Nintendo platforms and third-party software cannot sell in the same volume. We feel a need to have closer ties with our third-party developers from the beginning."
"Nintendo is doing this one right," said an anonymous source. "[It's] not a gimmick like the Wii." What else, beyond graphics, this may imply about the system is unknown. What kind of controls the system will support (we imagine a need for both classic analog configurations and motion controllers) or what level of software and infrastructure Nintendo will provide for online gaming is also unknown. However, it's a positive sign that the system might be more than just an HD Wii.
We've heard about an HD Wii for some time now, and the time is perfect – almost necessary – for Nintendo to jump start itself with this new system. The company has been feeling the bite since Wii sales have declined from previous years, and this week's news that Nintendo could be dropping the price of the Wii on May 15 could be a precursor to this announcement and an attempt to move as many Wii units as possible out of the retail channel before the new system hits.
We do not have confirmation if this new system will be backward compatible with the Wii or if it will even carry the Wii branding as has often been rumored. It is our understanding that Nintendo is trying to embrace the western gamer and will likely launch a new brand with this console. Around the office we have dubbed the system Nintendo HD. However, this information at this point is conjecture.
We contacted a Nintendo representative regarding this information, and they would only say that "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation."
Either way, it should be an exciting E3 for Nintendo and gamers alike.
For more on the rumors surrounding the new Nintendo system, check up our roundup of all the talk, as well as what some industry analysts have to say on the matter.
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Why is HD such a big deal? If the graphics still look like what you'd expect from a last-gen game, HD isn't going to fix that. I don't even own an HD TV, and most Wii games I have still look awful compared to anything on my PS3.
If it's not as powerful as the PS3 and 360, I just don't see the point in making a whole new console. It seems like everything else they could do (HD, better controller, etc.) could just be done with an updated version of the current Wii.
Hopefully it is backwards compatible again so i can avoid buying a Wii altogether.
Glad i held off on buying a Wii and still holding onto my copy of DKCR.
Is this why i heard about a wii price drop?
Why is it that nintendo seems to be taking all the craziest risks like 3d and motion control as the MAIN feature of the console and not just some feature it can perform? Hopefully the new console will be better but it's probably just a ps3 or xbox clone
YAY go Nintendo!!!!
Hmmm... this kinda reminds me of Twilight Princess and how it came out around the time the next system launched... lol at least zelda can't get delayed anymore... can it?
I'll keep my eye on it, but I don't have any imediate plans to get a new console.
Lets hope they use a controller that actually WORKS this time around. The motion controls on the Wii are sloppy and the f-ing 1 and 2 buttons get me mad EVERY TIME!
great, time to start saving for the next gen ps3/360 lol
Could be my first Nintendo console purchase since the SNES.
They're going to have to go all out to really impress.
I think Metroid Prime 3 was up yo par with some of the games on PS3 or xBox
this new console better have backward compatibility with wii games.
I wish nintendo would just focus on the handheld market and make their AAA titles multiplat.