Rumour: Nintendo's HD console to be unveiled at E3 [Update: Exclusive details]

Nintendo isn't resting on its newfound laurels coming from its new 3DS. After more than four years in the market with its Wii console, which the public generally perceived as underpowered yet innovative compared to its current generation competitors at the time, Nintendo is ready to unveil its next-generation console at this year's E3 in June. If the rumours are true, Nintendo may very well seek to be the first contender in the battle of eighth-generation consoles, as the Xbox 360 was in the current seventh-generation console war.

Sources close to GameInformer have confirmed earlier today that Nintendo is ready to reveal details of its new console at E3, or even sooner than that. The main selling point of this console is the ability to run games at HD resolutions. This may be seen as a catch-up move in some ways, but it's a good move nevertheless, and it has indeed caught a few developers off guard.

Game support for the Wii is notoriously known to be skewed towards quality first-party titles from Nintendo, and at times shoddy work from third-parties. The company acknowledges this problem, and pledges to solve any difficulties developers have with developing for their platform. As Nintendo president Satoru Iwata acknowledged in a 3DS press conference late last year,

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.

The timing of this rumour is quite opportune, with another hint released two days ago that Nintendo is planning to slash the Wii's price to only $150 on May 15.

So when can we expect Nintendo's console to be in the hands of gamers? GameInformer pins a date of late 2012, but there are unconfirmed sources suggesting a Q1 2012 launch. Either way, this year's E3 just got a lot more exciting!

Update: Neowin has received additional information from insider sources regarding the launch date of Nintendo's new console. The source has pointed out that a "major developer" is currently preparing games for the new console, and is planning to ship them in Q1 2012. They state that Nintendo may try for a Q4 2011 launch, but Q1 2012 is more likely. However, Nintendo may be willing to push the launch date a few months later to Q2 2012 and skip Q1, as they are not too thrilled with the lackluster sales coming from the 3DS's Q1 launch.

CVG has more information on the console's controller, which is way more than just an upgraded Wiimote. It is rumoured to have a HD screen built-in. It will be interesting to see how games can take advantage of an extra smaller display, as they had when Nintendo introduced a second screen in the DS. CVG's sources also go on to state that the console's graphical capabilties will be beyond that of Microsoft's and Sony's current offerings.

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My eyeball there'll be a HD screen in each controller. There are barely any small devices with HD screens at the moment, and the amount of battery life and the cost associated it, and the actual size of it would mean it's extremely unlikely to be true.


The fact that you'd also need a processor capable of actually running the HD stream would mean in effect each controller would end up be a mini tablet... an intriguing possibility but that's total nonsense in regards to ever happenings .____.

A touchscreen controller would be cool. You could play card games or scrabble and nothing would be exposed to the other players in the room.

Ahh, you mean something like what the DreamCast had on its controllers back in the day? (Using up-to-date tech of course..) Or just a full-blown "tablet style" controller? Either one would lend itself for some interesting gaming possibilities.

Meh Nintendo still behind the times, the next Xbox and PS4 will probably be UHD* (Ultra High Definition, 4320p - I didn't make that up, it's real ). However, there is wisdom in Nintendo's moves, using older (and much cheaper) tech in their console allows it to be profitable much sooner (didn't the Wii start making profit from day one?) while Microsoft/Sony took years to just break even. That is my 2 cent take with a grain of salt.

* Granted it probably won't be UHD, since it only experimental at this stage but they might support whatever the next one up from HD happens to be though.

Honestly, all it needs is a 1080p New Super Mario Brothers, and I will probably be into it.

Also, if it is anywhere near as modifiable as the current Wii is, which something tells me it will not be, but if it somehow is, then yeah, they pretty much have a guaranteed sale from me.

DirtyLarry said,
Honestly, all it needs is a 1080p New Super Mario Brothers, and I will probably be into it.

Also, if it is anywhere near as modifiable as the current Wii is, which something tells me it will not be, but if it somehow is, then yeah, they pretty much have a guaranteed sale from me.


If you want 1080p pop in your SMB disk into your PC and play it with Dolphin. It supports 1080p and BOY those games don't look raped at all!

Too bad my iMac is too old for that kind of fun...

Glassed Silver:mac

I wonder what happens when I rage from playing Donkey Kong and chuck that controller with the HD screen on it at the wall?

I love this kind of pointless forecasts and mentioning them like they are certainity.

"They plan for Q1 2012 release, they might try to make it for Q4 2011 but Q1 2012 more likely, but they might also push it to Q2 2012"

So bsaically they "might" release it sometime in the next 1.5 years. Nice prediction.

I think this is going to be the Wii HD which would basically be a Wii with updated hardware, 1080p support and the integration of what ever add-ons they feel are truely important... but uhm.. we can do this Dolphin already... maybe they need to hire the Dolphin team to accelerate development.

netsendjoe said,
I think this is going to be the Wii HD which would basically be a Wii with updated hardware, 1080p support and the integration of what ever add-ons they feel are truely important... but uhm.. we can do this Dolphin already... maybe they need to hire the Dolphin team to accelerate development.

Dolphin just upscales the graphics, it doesn't make the game HD. You can do the same thing with a real Wii with a $59 upscaling HDMI adapter.

But Dolphin is free. And unlike an upscaling HDMI adapter, it doesn't rev up the Wii far beyond its manufacturing norms so it ends up overheating and dying an early death.

The Wii isn't even better in terms of graphical capabilities than the original XBOX or PS2 and we are expected to believe that the Wii2/Wii HD will be better than the PS3 and XBOX 360? Please move along. April 1st was 2 weeks ago.

mauriziocorso77 said,
The Wii isn't even better in terms of graphical capabilities than the original XBOX or PS2 and we are expected to believe that the Wii2/Wii HD will be better than the PS3 and XBOX 360? Please move along. April 1st was 2 weeks ago.

Even the Gamecube had more graphical power than the PS2

I guess this would explain the poor line up of wii games for 2011. If wiis keep coming down in price I'll probably get one just to play the first party titles that I am really interested in.

Sony's NGP is also expected to be released Q4 2011 so if this new wii is also released they'll have to compete for my money .

I just hope they get rid of the shovel ware or at least tone it down. The real problems with 3rd party support is definately them not having a way to patch games and force updates like the ps3/360 does. If they go with a real hard drive instead of the memory card things might get better. And for the love of gawd come out in black first instead of waiting years to release a freaking black console.

Nintendo have a great market team, they know how to target specific market areas like "parents" and the "kid consoles" , the "learning aspect of DS brain training", the "get fit America approach", it's almost like they will see you bleeding and offer you a nintendo bandaid at a price, they are smart, but they will run out of wounds sooner or later.

I hope it's more powerful than the PS3/XBOX360. The damn iPad 2 is. However, the next Playstation/XBOX is going to destroy this in terms of power (much like current gen) Then again, Nintendo slaughtered both in sales, if they get a head start there will be no chance at stopping them.

+1, once nintendo is the first of eighth generation of consoles, they will sell A LOT. They coould make it even better and add the 3DS as type of controller of Wii HD. Since it has infrared, touchscreen, gyro and accelorometer for all the motion controls...

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