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Post by Midda @ 10:28am 15/04/11 | 47 Comments
Kotaku, Game Informer and IGN have reported from "multiple sources" that Nintendo will be announcing the successor to the Wii at E3 this year, with a likely release date of late 2012.

It will apparently be superior to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of specifications, and is likely to be aimed at recapturing the core gamer audience.
Nintendo is already showing publishers the system in an effort to get them interested and allow them plenty of time to start developing titles in anticipation of the system's reported late 2012 launch. This advance support marks a change from when the Wii launched. At that time, several Western publishers were outright surprised by the announcement, and it affected the software support for the platform.
While it's not a new rumour, it's the first time we've seen it being simultaneously reported from numerous reputable sources. I hope it's true, because Nintendo have some fantastic franchises I'd like to see more of on a more capable console.

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ElectricBoogie
Posted 10:51am 15/4/11
is it this?

Sc00bs
Posted 10:54am 15/4/11
would b nice if they got up to date with the graphics capabilities of today.

Could never get into the wii cause the graphics were just so shit, 90% of the games the characters are some shit blob cartoon character.
Midda
Posted 10:59am 15/4/11
Nintendo right?

Well, the Gamecube produced noticeably better graphics than the PS2, and the Nintendo 64 was more capable than the PSX. The Wii was their only console to be at the back of the pack.
Sc00bs
Posted 11:01am 15/4/11
i loved nintendo before they ruined their name with the wii.

snes, n64 all the way

hopefully this new one will be on the same par as their previous releases (apart from the anus hole wii)

carson
Posted 11:16am 15/4/11
Give me something that'll get more awesome titles released on instead of a few gems in a shit tonne of shovel ware, and I'll get excited.

Apart from a few games, the Wii is plagued with shit.
Eorl
Posted 11:18am 15/4/11
They didn't ruin their name at all. It's just that all the hardcore gamers believed they were a dying breed because one of the 4 markets decided it would be best to make a family console. And right they were, they made a shit load. And you have to remember, Nintendo have always been about family, just look at the NES and 64. Most families would have one, and play as a family. There were the hardcore titles, but for the most, it was family fun. I don't see why everyone needs to place hate on Nintendo for the Wii, it was a damn smart move, and everyone is just self-entitled thinking they deserve everything.

And also, the Wii is a excellent piece of hardware, albeit a bit hard to program for, it's fantastic for what it is. Motion controlling done right, interesting games and mechanics made up to form around the motion controlling, and very very successful.
DM
Posted 11:18am 15/4/11
^ yeah. For every good game on the wii, there was 20 piss covered turds. Only 2 games I put more than a handful of hours into was the zelda game at launch, and then 1 of the Rune Factory games which I put about 98 hours into I think.
Khel
Posted 11:19am 15/4/11
It will apparently be superior to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in terms of specifications


Until Microsoft and Sony announce their next consoles which will send it back to the bottom of the pack
Midda
Posted 11:26am 15/4/11
^^ Yeah, but both Sony and Microsoft are saying they want to get at least another 5 years out of the current generation, so that'll hardly matter by then. Nintendo could potentially enjoy 4 years on the market as the most powerful system with the popularity of the Wii.

^ yeah. For every good game on the wii, there was 20 piss covered turds. Only 2 games I put more than a handful of hours into was the zelda game at launch, and then 1 of the Rune Factory games which I put about 98 hours into I think.

I think what Eorl was saying is that Nintendo as a brand is stronger than ever, and that's largely thanks to the Wii. There may be a shitload of crappy games, but just about everyone has a Wii, even my parents.
DM
Posted 11:28am 15/4/11
Nah that arrow was pointed at carson but Eorl got in before me.
Eorl
Posted 11:41am 15/4/11
I do hope they have some wicked games on this new console of theirs, and that is better then the PS3 and Xbox360, but that isn't really hard, due to the current gen consoles containing 6 year old pieces of hardware.
Mantorok
Posted 11:57am 15/4/11
^ yeah. For every good game on the wii, there was 20 piss covered turds.
So it's a lot like the PS2's game library then? Having the largest user-base generally means you attract all the shit games.
The real problem is there's a lack of good games. The Wii has been out 4 years, and there's probably only 20 games I consider worth paying for.
Hogfather
Posted 12:01pm 15/4/11
The real problem is there's a lack of good games. The Wii has been out 4 years, and there's probably only 20 games I consider worth paying for.

Who buys more than 20 titles for a console?

Isn't the attach rate like 8 or something?
Eorl
Posted 12:12pm 15/4/11
I find that funny how all the console wars state who has the best and more games, yet on PC everyone has at least 20+ games.
Door
Posted 12:15pm 15/4/11
Ohhhhh I love Rumours! Can we all go out to coffee, compare handbags and chat about them together?
Eorl
Posted 12:15pm 15/4/11
My handbag is better then your handbag.
Khel
Posted 12:19pm 15/4/11
Who buys more than 20 titles for a console?


Just counted my XBox 360 games, I have 45 games for 360, but then I'm probably not the average consumer :P

Nowhere near as many for Wii and PS3, but still more than 8.
kappa
Posted 12:22pm 15/4/11
I would have bought more than 20 games for 360 over the years.
deadlyf
Posted 12:25pm 15/4/11
This was pretty inevitable since Sony and MS have developed their own versions of the Wii mote which makes the Wii's capabilities now a direct comparison rather than the Wii being considered as the fun family alternative to the more serious consoles.
Apart from a few games, the Wii is plagued with shit.

A lot of that has to do with the consoles capabilities though. It's a huge market and publishers want a piece of it but unlike PS3/360/PC you can't simply port a game across for the Wii but have to almost make a completely separate game because it's just not capable of handling the same size environments and such that the other platforms can.

Wonder if it will be capable of direct X 11 style graphics and come with Blu-ray. With some improvements to the Wii mote, it could make it a no-brainer for console choice if all the popular titles get properly ported across. The only problem being that it seems like it won't really be a next generation console but simply a best of this generation console and for this generation, most people already have bought one console or another.
ravn0s
Posted 12:31pm 15/4/11
Just counted my XBox 360 games, I have 45 games for 360, but then I'm probably not the average consumer :P

Nowhere near as many for Wii and PS3, but still more than 8.


lol holy shit. i only have 6 ps3 games. i only buy them if i cant get them for PC.
TicMan
Posted 12:33pm 15/4/11
I have a Wii somewhere, I think it's behind all my DVD & Blurays. Poor old thing, I dragged wifey around for 7 hours on Boxing Day to every shopping centre and electronics store on the north side in December '06. I bought a couple of games, played about an hour of each and then spent the rest of the time playing Tennis.

Probably haven't touched it for about 18 months now :(
Hogfather
Posted 12:40pm 15/4/11
The attachment rate for PS3 and X360 is about 8-9, and the Wii about 7 (although the Wii has shipped significantly more consoles than either the 360 or ps3).

Even the PS2 which has been out forever only has an attach rate of 10.

sauce
Timmeh
Posted 01:25pm 15/4/11
To be honest Nintendo have a great base for titles, The wii was lacking the hardware support current content.
I think Nintendo should go back to the controller, this wireless lego stick business is crap, I play all my wii games with a controller, making movements to pass a ball in RL3 my ass.

Nintendo are basically the Handheld industry, so they shit all over that department. More handheld/console interaction. Like pokemon stadium and the pokemon games fro game-boy/N64.

And release a Pokemon MMO already FFS.
Sc00bs
Posted 01:28pm 15/4/11
haha pokemon mmo, that would be fuckin gay.

but yes, agree 100% on goin back to controller, need a more sleek version of the n64/gamecude one.
Mantorok
Posted 01:32pm 15/4/11
Pfft, they should just add rumble to the Classic Controller Pro.
Midda
Posted 01:47pm 15/4/11
haha pokemon mmo, that would be fuckin gay.

A Pokemon MMO would be the smartest thing Nintendo could do. Look at the charts of the highest selling games of all time, and it's littered with Pokemon titles. Pokemon is fucking huuuuuuuge.

I'd be all-fucking-over a Pokemon MMO.
Vash
Posted 01:48pm 15/4/11
I never played or was into the pokemon thing until i just picked up Pokemon white on 3DS, and its actually pretty enjoyable. Sure its got a huge kiddy vibe in the dialogue but i'm man enough to look over that
Sc00bs
Posted 01:51pm 15/4/11
not saying it wouldnt make a shitload, just saying it would b fucking gay.

running around for hundreds of hours catching pokemon online with other people :/

sounds lame as
Midda
Posted 01:55pm 15/4/11
Sounds awesome to me!
RockitMan
Posted 01:56pm 15/4/11
Only good games on wii were the mario ones...super mario bros, mario kart etc. Fun games that didn't need good graphics, and also didn't even use the motion stuff. Everything else looked and played like turd.
breno
Posted 01:56pm 15/4/11
DM
Posted 11:18am 15/4/
yeah. For every good game on the wii, there was 20 piss covered turds. Only 2 games I put more than a handful of hours into was the zelda game at launch, and then 1 of the Rune Factory games which I put about 98 hours into I think.

I'd say 80% of the games from every platform are crap.
The wii made more money than any console this generation, the figures speak, nintendo did well.
Sc00bs
Posted 01:57pm 15/4/11
you'd probably dress up in your ash uniform with ur poke ball sitting next to u on the computer desk i bet midda

teq
Posted 02:00pm 15/4/11
Yer, the wii could have been soooo much better with some beef behind it.


the wii was made the way it was because it came in half way through a generation of already popular consoles
they didn't spend billions trying to compete, they just put something out there to make sure people remember them
coming in now with a shit hot console is a smart move, ps3 & xbox360 are getting towards the end of their lifecycles, nintendo are going to get in first with a replacement
Raven
Posted 02:19pm 15/4/11
Who buys more than 20 titles for a console?

Yeah, I've generally bought somewhere around 11 for most consoles. Original Gameboy I had a bit over 20, but then games for that were only $40, which as an 11 year old I could afford every now and then.

Pretty sure I had very close to 10-12 for SNES, N64 and Gamecube. Wii I've purchased bugger all - Zelda, WiiSports, WiiFit, Mario Kart, Metroid, Pikmin 2, Galaxy... that's all I can think of.
Timmeh
Posted 02:36pm 15/4/11
A Pokemon MMO would make a killing, and for me it is one of my favourite franchises.
It would defintely be a console mmo, as Nintendo would not budge for one on pc. As they shutdown all the fan made ones. Pokemon MMo + DS interaction = win

On Topic:

100% with Teq, releasing the console as a "hey were still around" campaign. Now that Sony and Microsoft have said they want X amount of years before they release a new console has given Nintendo a incentive to be first in the new gen platform. Hopefully they actually think about it rather then put together some P.O.S just because.
Nintendo Puu?

Also Nintendo markets heavily towards younger children and families, hardcore gamers tend to stay away from Mario, Zelda and focus more on the "noob friendly FPS genre". Nintendo have been far superior imo.
Khel
Posted 04:22pm 15/4/11
I've never played a pokemon game. They need to reinvent pokemon, make it more violent and gritty.
Mordecai
Posted 04:35pm 15/4/11
I've never played a pokemon game. They need to reinvent pokemon, make it more violent and gritty.

Pokemon Kombat? Like MK9 but with anthropomorphic humans based on pokemon.

Pikachu chooses lightning fatality! It's super shocking!
Khel
Posted 05:18pm 15/4/11
Now you're talking!
carson
Posted 05:39pm 15/4/11
It'll be interesting to see if the new console that the Big N put out will push for earlier release of their next offering from MS and Ps3.

If Nintendo can bring the sort of innovation to their next offering they did with the Wii, and it has some ponies under it's bonnet. They'll surely kill the competition.
Raazel
Posted 06:02pm 15/4/11
ravn0s
Posted 06:08pm 15/4/11
Like MK9 but with anthropomorphic humans based on pokemon.


funny you say that. there's a new pokemon manga out in japan where the humans turn into pokemon.
Spook
Posted 08:28pm 15/4/11
lols at the peoples who think that graphics are more important than gameplay
Mordecai
Posted 03:09pm 16/4/11
Now you're talking!

...
Khel
Posted 03:29pm 16/4/11
Pikachu just wanted to destroy something beautiful
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