Just over a month ago, rumours did the rounds about Nintendo revealing a successor to the Wii at this year’s E3 in June.
These speculated about quad-core processors, Blu-ray drives and even some manner of built-in mobile projector, the latter of which certainly seemed wildly speculative.
But it appears that a Wii sequel will be unveiled at E3, with more concrete rumours now popping up, and plenty of them.
Game Informer reports that Nintendo’s next console effort with be an HD beast, although its sources offer conflicting information about whether it will be able to rival the visual power of the Xbox and PS3.
Other sources, such as IGN, are claiming that the machine will be more powerful than either Microsoft or Sony’s gaming platforms, and will be capable of full 1080p.
Release is pencilled in for late 2012, but Nintendo is going to start courting publishers now in an effort to bring triple-A titles to the system, an area where the Wii has lacked.
Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata commented: “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.”
Exactly what the next console will be able to do – aside from High Definition graphics – isn’t clear. IGN reckons it will have a built-in touch-capable display, and an all new controller, different from the Wii.
Some are speculating the company might move away from the Wii brand, to a new name which is more likely to entice hardcore gamers back to the Nintendo fold.
Nintendo might even have a pre-E3 announcement in the pipeline that we’ll hear before long. The Wii 2, or whatever it will be called, will certainly have plenty of room to manoeuvre in, as neither Microsoft or Sony are planning their next-gen console to be out any time soon.