Nintendo’s Next Game Console To Be Announced at E3

If you’ve missed out on all the rumors that have been popping up across the internet then let me bring you up to speed.  Supposedly proven by multiple sources, Game Informer is claiming that Nintendo’s successor to the Wii will be announced during this year’s E3 in June.  Insiders are saying the system will be more powerful then the PS3 and Xbox 360.  Even more recently CVG also has sources saying that the controller for this new system will feature a built-in HD screen.  A lot of info to leak out all at once.

Some confirmation to these rumors can be seen in the lack of first party titles being announced for the current Wii, a price cut on the system seen at Best Buy and a gift card deal on Amazon.  It at least points to the fact that we are near the end of the Wii’s life cycle.

Here are some of my thoughts if these rumors are indeed true.  The system will most likely not be the Wii2.  Nintendo knows it was able to get away once by making a cheap but innovative system that was marketed towards the general population, but they can’t win again by making just a graphically more powerful Wii.

The next Nintendo console will probably hold a new name and with that a new gaming concept.  The built-in screens on the controller would be something, especially if they are touch screens.  Before the PS3 and Xbox 360 were released many fan mock-ups of what the system would look like contained some sort of LCD panel on the controller.  This screen could show peripheral data like life bars, multi-player stats, or additional buttons custom tailored for each game.  One thing is for sure though, this screen should not be used in excess because drawing your eyes away from the main screen during a heavy firefight can lead to only bad things.

Motion controlled gaming is now in Sony and Microsoft’s court and the Wii has nothing more to gain on the market with it’s only unique attribute being watered down across all three platforms.  Now seems like the perfect opportunity for Nintendo to announce something new to regain its fans attention.  The 3DS only started the fuse but it may be fizzling out quickly due to a poor launch line-up and battery problems.  Some may think launching ahead of the other two will only give them time to implement the same features but Nintendo has a knack at being unique enough that they stay away from the herd.  Microsoft and Sony will again be focused on pure power but may not be willing to take other risks from the conventional game market.

We all shall soon see what Nintendo has up their sleeves.  I think it will only mean good things to come for the gaming community and keep the market growing.

Written by Bryan

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