, 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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