Given that speculation has been rife about a potential HD successor to the Wii for some time now, news of Nintendo’s next home console may or may not come as much of a surprise. Taking into account the absolute drought of first party Wii support recently, it might not be a surprise at all. Even so, the internet is currently exploding at the news that Nintendo may be preparing to announce it’s next system as soon as this years E3, if not before. Regardless of the level of your surprise, that’s probably sooner than many of us have expected.
Tipped off by multiple sources, the story was originally revealed by Game Informer just a short time ago, setting the internet into overdrive and prompting both IGN and Kotaku among others to come forward with their own sources and snippets of information. According to reports, Nintendo’s next console is believed to be “significantly more powerful than the PlayStation 3” and will pack support for full 1080p HD. Backwards compatibility with the Wii has also been suggested, although sources apparently claim that Nintendo’s aim this time is to “recapture the hardcore” and build bridges with third party developers, which could prompt a move away from the Wii branding altogether. The word on the street also suggests a late 2012 launch with developers already in dialogue with Nintendo about the systems capabilities.
Interesting stuff. What say you, Tap?
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