New Nintendo Console Playable at E3

April 25, 2011 -

Nintendo has confirmed that a new game system is coming sometime in 2012. The company also said that the new home console system will be playable at this year's E3. Nintendo made the announcement as part of its release of financial information for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. The first public display of the console will happen at its press conference during the E3 trade show, taking place June 7 – 9 in Los Angeles. Further details about the system - including graphics and CPU details were not revealed.

On a related note, Nintendo announced that the 3DS handheld has sold more than 3.61 million units, a lot less than the 4 million units that Nintendo predicted would sell prior to launch. Looking ahead, the company says it expects to sell 16 million 3DS units in the coming fiscal year ending March 2012.

Source: VentureBeat

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Re: New Nintendo Console Playable at E3

HD please, Nintendo.  It's well past time, and I am tired of your games looking like blurry garbage on my TV.

Re: New Nintendo Console Playable at E3

I like how a lot of publications are making a big deal out of the rumor that Nintendo's new console will be at least as powerful as the PS3 and 360 and possibly a bit more.  Gee, I would certainly hope it's at least as powerful as the consoles that came out six and seven years earlier.

 

Andrew Eisen

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No reason it would have to be though.  Wii was already underpowered by console standards and did pretty well, so it already demonstrated that having the marquee numbers is not critical for a gaming system doing well in the market.

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Possibly but the Wii was at least slightly (and boy do I mean slightly) more powerful than the previous generation (which wasn't quite as long as this one) so I still find the "Oh my gosh, it might be at least as powerful as the older technology just like its predecessor" amusing.

 

Andrew Eisen

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I find it amusing, as well, but I find the anti-Nintendo fanboy response to these rumors even more amusing.  "What?  They aren't going to go near bankruptcy to have the latest and greatest hardware possible like MS and Sony did with their current-gen systems?  FAIL!!!!"

I mean, let's face it - Sony and Microsoft have been selling their systems at a loss for quite a long time, whereas the Wii was sold at a profit from day one.  Nintendo isn't going to go off the deep end to get the most technologically advanced hardware, especially considering how successful the Wii is.  The Sony/MS fanboys that are out there are saying that their respective companies will release a new console within a year of the Wii2's launch.  They also expect it to be significantly better than the Wii2, with a similar price point.  The fact is, this won't happen.  The reason both companies are clamoring for a 10-year lifecycle for their systems because they can't afford to make a new one right now, between the cost of their current system and the economy in general.  On top of that, 1080p is the best we're going to get for resolution on a home console for quite some time, so any desire for noticably better graphics is not going to be cost-effective any time soon.

Between the cost necessary to make a system significantly better than the PS3, the cost such a system would be at launch and the fact that neither Sony nor MS can really afford to make such a system (especially at a competetive price point), I don't see either company making a new system to compete with the Wii2 really soon.  A few years down the road?  Yeah, but by then Nintendo will have yet more tricks up their sleeve.

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Well, I have always believed that it is the most INFERIOR system that ends up lead the cycle in sales, regardless of price. Now while Project Cafe maybe more powerful than our current consoles, it TECHNICALLY qualifies as next generation. So it shouldn't have a problem competing with MS and Sony.

 

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Since the PS1/Saturn/N64 days, you'd be correct.  However, I don't know if I consider the Wii2 "next-gen."  I'd have to say that would depend on when Sony and MS made their next system (if they held on to their 10+ year lifespan for current systems, then they'd both have 4 or five more years left), and whether or not Nintendo released something at that same time.

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Re: New Nintendo Console Playable at E3

Yeah, but now that 360/PS3 level hardware is a dime a dozen, Nintendo can include comparable hardware without pricing themselves out of their current customers' market.

E. Zachary Knight
Divine Knight Gaming

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True, I would be surprised if they did not do a significant upgrade.  There are several newer PowerPC processors that they could probably get IBM to modify to meet their needs and not have to change the development tools too much.

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