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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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NOOOOO!!!! **BRAAAHHHH** I just bought a finally like two weeks ago!!!
This is cool and everything, but I hope this doesn't lead to Sony and Microsoft announcing their next consoles too; I just bought a PS3 this past sunday, so yeah...
Nintendo hasn't interested me since the SNES days!
Nice! Hopefully this is the truth. Nintendo is way over-due for a new console.
Except, does this mean that Nintendo will fall behind in the next hardware gap? Honestly, how powerful could the next system be compared to the PS3/360? The 360 has a faster processing power, a quad-core processor at 3.2GHz, however, the PS3 has a faster GPU at 550MHz. Both of those machines are running people what, around $300? Almost 6 years after being released?
If Nintendo were to release a system for $300-$350, it would have to be a good chunk more powerful than the PS3/360. Say, more along the lines of a quad-core 3.8GHz processor with a 600MHz GPU and AT LEAST 120GB of HDD memory, at the core model.
This would still put Nintendo behind in the hardware jump, because MicroSoft's next console is going to be huge, and Sony will only compete to be bigger. If I had to speculate, Microsoft would have a new console unveiled at next year's E3, and it would probably be somewhere along the lines of a hex-core or better processor, and probably even a dual GPU system (like running two graphics cards in a computer) and easily 200GB HDD memory. The amount of power that system will run, will be phenomenal.
Nintendo would have to release a new console either half way or at the end of the 8th generation.
i haven't bought any nintendo product since the 64. it would have to be something really amazing t break that cycle for me
Okay this is what I have to say this console Nintendo has is going to be comparable to the ps3 and maybe even better I can't say whether or not they will be with motion controls but, this console is going to be the bomb you think that the 3ds was a slow step into the right direction this is going to more than just finally getting that hdmi cord for an xbox 360 this is going to put it in everyone's home. your going to buy one for your living room you bathroom your dog and yes even your wicked mother-in-law.
lame there 5 years late just stop there going to be another 5 years late when the new batch of systems come out
Also it will be a year or two after the release of the wii's successor.
**BRAAAHHHH** I cant afford this!
**BRAAAHHHH** **BRAAAHHHH** like a dungeon dragon!(busta rhymes)
I'm fairly excited, but not really for Nintendo. If they produce a good system then we might be just about ready to see a whole new generation of consoles.
No doubt that Sony and Microsoft are turning those gears. Hopefully it's not too soon, though. I just bought the 360S, dang it!
looking forward to it. only concern is how its specs are going to compare to the next xbox and playstation systems.
Exciting news to be sure, I'll eagerly await further details. I loved my SNES, N64 and Gamecube but skipped the Wii, I'd love Nintendo to find it's way into my entertainment center once again (ideally, with a new IP or two =D) Just bear in mind, gameplay > graphics.
Holy Crap!!! We might actually get a home nintendo console that doesn't miss out on every great 3rd party title? Here's hoping that nintendo finally submits a contender.
Well, ***. I bought the Wii only because I had faith that Pikmin 3 would be released on it...