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New Nintendo Console To Be Announced At E3?

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Nintendo played a risky game with the Wii. One the one hand, it sought to appeal to a wider range of gamers with its affordable price tag and accessible gameplay; on the other hand, it largely cast aside the "bigger, faster, stronger" ethic that dominates the console industry, offering a graphics update that, all things considered, wasn't exactly a huge jump from the previous generation -- at least nothing compared to the face-lifts received by the Xbox and Playstation brands. The central appeal, aside from cost, was that Nintendo sought to woo gamers with a charming little gadget, the Wii Remote, that would offer a departure from the long tradition of controller-based gameplay. While I applaud Nintendo for trying something different -- it's also worth noting the old adage that "spectacular graphics do not a good game make" -- there's no denying that the Wii may be close to reaching the end of its tether, especially as both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have dipped their toes in the pool of controller-free gaming.

But take heart, Nintendo devotees, as word is that our friends from across the pond are planning to announce their new, HD-capable system at E3, or as Game Informer reports, possibly sooner. Details are practically non-existent, and there's no reliable word as to whether the Wii successor will offer graphics meeting or exceeding those of the PS3 and Xbox 360, but we'll keep you updated on all the juicy news as it comes in!

6 Comments

MattMyx said:

At this point I like to remind everyone that any info right now falls into the "wild rumor and speculation" category.

Remember all that B.S. about the "Nintendo ON", "It's got a 16 core super processor!" and other such silliness from before the Wii's unveiling?

IGN, GameInformer and others are all ready hard at work getting the "inside" sh... err scoop on the system.

Salt people.. lots and lots o salt.

Dexter said:

I am very concerned for the future of Nintendo. In the past Miyamoto sheer brilliance has always been able to finesse them into a good position in the market. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is proof that they are still capable of magic.

But the future of gaming is going to emphasise things like streamlined purchasing, multitouch, online play and immersive narrative - all areas that Nintendo has't been strong at delivering in the past.

This is the first time I can remember being not totally hyped for the next Zelda game. When ocarina of time was in development I scrutinised every detail of every image available in the gaming magazines. I'm still looking forward to it and hope that they deliver some innovative puzzles and grand dungeon designs.

They could still take Pikmin to some amazing places. The multiplayer in Pikmin 2 is one of their greatest and under-appreciated achievements of all time.

They are getting squeezed by both sides by competitors. Microsoft are loss leading a high end device because they can afford to. And Apple will probably scoop up the casual market with whatever gaming update they inevitably deliver to their Apple TV device in the next year or two. to combat this multi-headed hydra Nintendo needs to deliver something clean, simple and revolutionary.

I think it'll be halfway between a PS360 in terms of visual/spec horse power and come out mid next year myself.

As the 'more powerful' than a PS360 tidbits I'm not personally seeing coming true [especially the supposed great graphics leap up from the aforementioned, which I personally see as being the last great, noticeable and meaningful leap].

I foresee a lot of disappointed graphic whores come all the next gen consoles thus really.

TangeryneBear said:

honestly i think even if they do make an HD Wii or whatever the question is probably going to be; will the broader audience that is the wii fan base, care? i mean do i really want to buy one just to see a smoother and prettier Mii? cause most of the casual gamers are probably still playing resort and the Mii based games anyways...

Pauwow said:

MMm I don't know, I think I will do like most gamers, I will bitch about it for a few months but I will ended up buying one. Who said that been hypocrite and honest at the same time was impossible?! It's ON like Donkey Kong!

David d said:

If Nintendo's next console is powerful enough to be a legitimate choice for top-tier multi-platform games, I will be ecstatic. Play it Loud!

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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