The lights are on
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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Hm, Maybe they'll put out good games for their new system this time. Instead of the MASS library of shovelware the Wii is chained to.
I miss the Gamecube...
If by any chance, slight and small, we'll be hoping! *Fingers crossed.
wow finally hd for nintendo
While it's good to see that they're introducing another console. Although, it'll be interesting to see how they're going to get all the 'casuals' they've hooked to buy another one. Many don't play it all too often to think they need to upgrade it.
So will it top the capibilities of the PS3 and 360..? That would only make sense. Why would Nintendo make a console that is meant to compete with the graphics of the PS3 and 360 5 years later..?
It better have great graphics or no one will care.
I kind of want them to make the Wii motion control second to conventional. I think it's time for NES HD.
I can see it now: THE REIGN OF THE HDii
No Friend Codes!
I dont think i'll bring myself to get this, Ive been so disappointed with nintendo in past years
This could be Nintendo' best move. But I'm wondering... Are they going to start to bring in more realistic, and sometimes therefore more violent games? Considering that Nintendo is seen as the family friendly console, this could be a rapid change that might not bode well for them. I hope they do start bringing in more this gen or even next gen games, but I'm curious to see how they will.
Anyways, at least E3 will be awesome again this year.
If this is true, I might actually consider it. I'd like some Nintendo titles again, but I am not buying a Wii to get at them.
Proud owner of NES, SNES, Genesis, Gamecube, Xbox 360 and PS3.
And then there is the N64.
And in the end there shall be only chaos.
Most titles are going Multiplatform now days, except for Nintendo titles. If Nintendo can make a kick butt system that will play all the awesome titles of 3rd party developers along with Nintendo's awesome line up of games.. I might be sold. I hope they charge at least $300 for the system though. If it costs less than that, I don't believe the tech would be good enough to stay competitive very long.
Harcore games on Nintendo!? this will be a first in a while, jsut as long as i can hold a non motion controller I'll be happy
My only concern with this is that it will pack PS3 comparable hardware, and will be smoked when the 720 and PS4 come out. Besides that, BRING IT ON NINTENDO, I'm waiting.