New Nintendo HD console confirmed by 'multiple sources' for late 2012

According to Game Informer, 'multiple sources' have confirmed that Nintendo is nearly ready to announce a new HD console with 'competitive specifications.' Though GI does not name its sources, it does say that Nintendo is currently showing the Wii's successor to publishers, which may explain the leak.

The new system will allegedly be announced at or before this year's E3, and is scheduled to release in late 2012. Specifics on the device, such as its control mechanism, processing power, and branding, are unknown - informally, GI has been referring to the console as the 'Nintendo HD.'

"Nintendo is doing this one right," said one of GI's anonymous sources. "[It's] not a gimmick like the Wii."

Considering the Wii's declining sales and rumors of a coming price drop, we have every reason to believe that this information is legitimate, and were already expecting an E3 announcement. While Nintendo's innovation and marketing made the Wii the best-selling of the three devices, its technological limitations can only become more apparent as time passes, cutting its lifespan short compared to its competitors.

As the least powerful console on the market, the Wii cannot attract the same major third-party titles as the PS3 and Xbox 360, at least not in their primary forms. Its biggest release in the coming months is the first-party Wii Play: Motion, which, compared to Portal 2 alone, sounds to be as exciting as a convalescent home.

Nintendo did not wish to comment on the rumor, as expected. Are you ready for a new Nintendo console? What, aside from HD support, would you like it to feature?

[Source: Game Informer]

Apr 14, 2011




  • jmcgrotty - April 15, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    What Nintendo needs to do is give up on the hardware side of things and turn into a third-party company themselves, a la Sega. And after the debacle that was the Revolution, while the new system might support backwards compatibility for motion controlled games, there is little to no chance of it being the main control mechanism. Real/Traditional controllers are definitely coming back.
  • LSZ - April 15, 2011 3:54 a.m.

    Looks like Nintendo is finally deciding to join the PS3 and 360 in the current generation. Sony and Microsoft don't need to be rushing into anything just yet.
  • shawksta - April 15, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    One more thing, HD? Fuck, Super paper mario and Galaxy 2 rape my eyes on my normal TV, imagine HD 0_0
  • shawksta - April 15, 2011 2:38 a.m.

    Lets put it this way, What is keeping the wii alive is Nintendo's First party which is pretty much the best, making a huge improvement is gonna pretty much gonna make PS3 and 360 fanboys silent if it has the same,better yet, better hardware. Its the First party that we love about nintendo, so it wont makes a difference to me.
  • JLThatshilarious - April 15, 2011 2:10 a.m.

  • markshell - April 15, 2011 2:09 a.m.

    I highly doubt it that Nintendo will release a console more powerful than what's available today. They will never push their consoles price too much up, and will probably release a console as powerful as a PS3 and as cheap as a Wii. The technology behind the current generation grows cheaper and cheaper, just enough so Nintendo can make an affordable console with the current "high" specs. Nintendo is one smart motherfucker.
  • ElGrinchoid - April 15, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    Just make sure you do do it right Ninty. I want to believe in them, that they can do it right, but if they're going to release a high power console, it needs to eclipse the ps3 and xbox360 as to what it can do, and then they need to win back the hardcore gamers. To do that nintendo will have to change it advertising schemes, they'll have to abandon the shovelware, 3rd party shite that's bogged the wii down over the last few years and they'll have to up their in house AAA game production (still no new Zelda for the wii, which is utterly pathetic) I'm pleased that the source said "it won't be gimmicky like the Wii" but they have to live up to that. All of the companies need to realise that the peripheral gimmicks, whlst good fun for the booze filled evenings, aren't what most gamers want. I'm intruiged, but Ninty need to understand that if they get this even slightly wrong, then they really could end up like Sega if their not careful. At least they've got the ds to fall back on, but still.
  • Andyjoe - April 15, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    To everyone who is saying this could end Nintendo/ be the next Dreamcast, I'm kinda sure thats what everyone said right after the Sega backed down, but last time I checked Nintendo was still bringing in the bucks. So even if they do screw up, they could probably recover like they did when the Virtual Boy flopped.
  • Terrorrizor - April 15, 2011 1:27 a.m.

    A new Wii isn't necessary in theory, but it seems like no Mad World'esque games who take advantage of the Wii's visual fault's will be released soon. Visuals aren't everything, I mean I still play my ps2 games, and Indigo Prophecy had terrible graphics, but was pretty great for thinking outside of the box. ReCaptcha: values= ledissi ^^^^^What?!?!?!!!!
  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - April 15, 2011 1:05 a.m.

    A console thats not just a overclocked gamecube with a modified Lightgun, If Nintendo releases a new ip thats not another fucking mario/Zelda/Metroid, I'll eat my own head.
  • Zetabyte - April 15, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    Sorry, Sony and Microsoft, looks like Nintendo is finally going to UNLEASH THE VITALITY SENSOR!!!! Sure, Kinect and Move can see you, but can they see INSIDE you!?!? Next level attained!! but seriously... In addition to all the staples everyone is mentioning, Nintendo neds to do what Nintendo does best and not just cater but innovate. I expect all of the next gen to have classic controls + motion control w/ depth cameras and mics. Also, better graphics is a given. What's going to make an impact are the things we don't expect that are imbedded in the hardware and can't be patched in later. The Vitality Sensor is probably not the answer, but it's a step in the right direction. I'm always excited to see what comes out of Nintendo, even if it doesn't always work in the long run.
  • Japanaman - April 15, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    I can see it now. Nintendo teams up with Sony again and releases a Blu-Ray enabled Wii which would make the blue light make sense. It has access to Nintendo Power video reviews, more demos than ever, downloadable Super Mario Bros. episodes, the ability to record gameplay vids that are saved to the Wii 2's hard drive, the ability to share those videos, a parental control program, a family purchase account, the ability to play GCN & Wii games plus a possible cartridge slot for GB titles or at least some kind of add-on, a traditional controller with removable handles so you can turn it into a Wiimote or use motion control with it in standard mode, and a special ability to connect with 3DS to share data.
  • hughesta - April 15, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    Oh please Nintendo do this right.
  • n00b - April 15, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    and thus my abusive relationship with nintendo will continue i though i was free when i got my xbox 360. whats that? no nintendo i would never cheat on you. yes I'll got put on the apron and stat making pancakes
  • Tsunami32 - April 14, 2011 11:33 p.m.

    Hmm, I never bought a Wii, but this looks interesting. Man, E3 can't come soon enough!
  • Spybreak8 - April 14, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    Sounds pretty sweet but who knows in Holiday 2012 though.
  • wedgie - April 14, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    I know we, as gamers who read sites like this, are all very excited to see this. Great to see and cool. However, if true, I don't have much faith in it doing very well. This will be the test to see if the "casuals" will adopt and continue upgrading, or if they are still content with Wii. And right now that makes all the difference about who is going to buy the Wii 2 in mass.
  • crispychicken - April 14, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    I would love to see things like much better online and trophies and easier friend codes, Hd, basically system staples. But I'd also like to see a gimmick like the Wiis motion but one that isn't so obviously a gimmick, which the Wii didn't have. Also a better name. Wii? No.
  • Mboy1100 - April 14, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    I hope this is good.I wanna rub this in Xbox360 users' grubby "we're better than you" faces >:D
  • MetaMoss - April 14, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    Even if this is the next Dreamcast, I don't see Nintendo possibly dieing off until the 9th Console Generation, because when the 3DS gets its good games they'll definitely have sales. I have very high hopes and expectations for their new console. If I could get a whole (small-ish) school of teens addicted to Xbox Live to quit using Nintendo like a cuss word with the 3DS, the Wii successor better top that.

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