Rumors about a Wii successor have been rampant since several anonymous sources leaked details about the supposed "Project Cafe." According to the rumors, Nintendo's new console is expected to be announced at this year's E3, and features HD visuals, more competitive specs, and possibly even controllers with built-in screens.
Nintendo has not officially announced any new console, but when pressed for information by Edge, legendary producer/designer Shigeru Miyamoto half-confirmed the rumors.
"Don't ask!" said Miyamoto. "Even when the Wii launched we were developing new hardware, work on 3DS had already started. It's a matter of when we announce it."
Regarding the possibility of an E3 announcement, he said, "Please wait. Be patient until we decide."
All the speculation is making patience a bit difficult, but it does seem probable that the announcement will happen soon. And, anyway, it's not as if we didn't know that Nintendo was working on a new console... it is a console manufacturer.
But if the rumors are to be believed, Nintendo's next system will be a major technological step forward from the Wii. Of course, if it really does release next year, it will likely only have a few years as top dog before Sony and Microsoft release their next generation PlayStation and Xbox iterations. Still, if true, it's a clever tactic - outdo the competition with a comparably underpowered but innovative system, then turn the tables again with a technological head start. I see what you did - er, may have done - there.
Apr 22, 2011