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Nintendo may reveal the first information about its forthcoming video game system at the E3 trade-show in mid-2011, according to a rumour. The console may feature Blu-ray disc support as well as a quad-core system-on-chip based on ARM architecture. The device is rumoured to be released next year.

Nintendo Wii game console revolutionized the market of video game systems in 2006 with its motion sensing controller, forced Microsoft Corp. as well as Sony Corp. to answer with their own motion-sensing technologies years later and brought Nintendo back into the game. Nonetheless, what was innovative five years ago became outdated nowadays and Nintendo needs to introduce a more advanced game console now in order to compete against PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Unfortunately, so far the company has been extremely tight-lipped about the next-gen console that will succeed the famous Wii.

The firm plans to break the silence about the descendant of Wii at this year Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade-show that will take place June 7-9, 2011 at the Los Angeles convention center, reports Zelda Informer web-site.

The device will be based on a quad-core Marvell Armada system-on-chip that is compliant with ARM architecture,  will feature integrated Blu-ray reader and will sport "a mobile projector of some sort". While this is about time for Nintendo to start talking about its future game console at this year's E3, the rumoured specifications do not seem to be credible. Nintendo used microprocessors based on IBM's Power architecture as well as proprietary optical disc standards for both GameCube and Wii consoles and it is not very likely that the company decides to radically change its approach with the next-generation console. Interestingly, but the rumoured console even does not have a code-name.

According to the report, Nintendo will launch the successor of Wii in late 2012, which is a logical timeframe. Still, it may be too late as the console that will be released in 2012 will inevitably compete against Microsoft's and Sony's consoles to be launched in 2014 - 2016 timeframe and which will be much more powerful.

Nintendo did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Nintendo, Wii, GameCube, Blu-ray

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I am actually wondering whether Nintendo really needs a new console or not.
After all the wii is still good, and while sales may have recessed, this could be explained by numerous reasons, such as the economic crisis for instance.
I do wonder, however, whether the wii needs a HD version or not.
Nintendo has always tried, and brought entertainment to families, whether it was in the Game & Watch era, to today's era. They have always been ahead of their time, to answer the same needs each year, without necessarily trying to create a new one, and I do not think HD is something that families are looking for in an entertainment environment (movies aside).

But my real question, is actually HOW Nintendo is going to entertain us in this "would-be-next-gen" console, as just doing "reproduced movements on the TV" is sort of old now, ever since Nintendo sort of came up with the idea all the way back in 2006, I think.

But I do say, this idea of a projector AND a bluray incorporated in a new console, interests me greatly, as I have to show a lot of documentaries to people, and just having a single system to move around would make it much more easy for me.
0 0 [Posted by: Kurata  | Date: 03/08/11 02:34:31 AM]
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Power is overrated. HD is not overrated.
If they can add media, they will have a strong product. But do they have the software resources to do this?
0 0 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 03/08/11 08:42:45 AM]
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HD IS overrated. Some of the best games I've ever played had crap graphics.

Donkey Kong Country was amazing on the N64. Zelda was fun on the NES. A good game is all about gameplay which is something that many game developers have forgotten.

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