E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is always a big time of year for gaming news, and this year’s looking to be no exception. Apparently spurred by the Wii’s inability to surprise gamers, Nintendo has confirmed that they will be announcing a new console for release in 2012.
Details are of course pretty scarce, but speculation is plentiful. What we do know is that the new rig will feature HD graphics, making it more attractive to 3rd party developers. This is something Nintendo has a history of trouble with – their consoles have a reputation for being great for selling Nintendo titles and not so great for selling anyone else’s.
Even the name is uncertain at this point. There’s a lot of speculation and even assumption that Nintendo’s next console will be the Wii 2, but there’s no indication so far that that will end up being true. If it were true, it would fly in the face of Nintendo’s historical naming convention – they’ve never done a true numbered sequel to a console before. In the past they’ve done the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and similar names for the Gameboy line; the only time they’ve hinted at numerical naming is the Nintendo 3DS, which followed the DS, DS Lite and DSi.
We’ll know more come E3 this summer, and when we know, you’ll know too. In the meantime, do you have any thoughts on the matter? Would you buy it if it ended up being an HD Wii? If not, what would it take? Let us know in the comments!