Nintendo Wii HD follow-up coming soon

April 17, 2011 - 0:0

There hasn’t been a Nintendo released since the launch of the Wii in November 2006 and gamers have been eagerly awaiting its successor. Multiple sources now suggest, however, that Nintendo will unveil a new console at the Los Angeles E3 event this June.

The Wii’s successor is likely to be more powerful than the Playstation 3, which Sony announced it has sold 50 million units since its release, and the Xbox 360, according to Kotaku.
The move towards HD should enable the new Nintendo console to draw more multi-platform triple-A titles like Portal 2 or Mortal Kombat, which they have had difficulty attracting in the past.
Game Informer reports that Nintendo is already showing publishers the system in an effort to get them interested at an early stage to allow them to start developing games in preparation for the expected launch, which is expected to be in late 2012. This approach differs to the Wii launch, when several western publishers were surprised by the announcement, impacting the software support for the platform.
Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, acknowledged the importance of engaging with its publishing partners at a Nintendo 3DS press conference in the autumn of 2010. “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.”
There has been no confirmation as to whether this new system will be backward compatible with the Wii or if it will even carry the Wii branding. Game Informer believes that Nintendo are trying to embrace the western gamer and will therefore launch a new brand with this console.
(Source: Daily Telegraph)