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Wii HD By E3?:

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Multiple sources have confirmed (or are at the very least speculating) that, by E3 2011 at the latest, Nintendo will be unveiling a new console. So far, little is known besides the fact that:

  • It's in HD
  • There will be much broader 3rd party support

Thoughts?

edited 14th Apr '11 5:55:35 PM by OurGLORIOUSLeader

 
 2 Customer, Thu, 14th Apr '11 5:56:47 PM from Georgia Relationship Status: Charming Titania with a donkey face
Dreamworks
>1080p and HD
>more powerful than X360/PS3
>all new controller with built-in HD screen

edited 14th Apr '11 5:59:21 PM by Torquey

A Pheasant Experience
^x3 THE THING HAS CONTROLLERS WITH SCREENS?! ... So did they rip the bottom half off of a DS or something?
And "Reality" is unveiled. What did it want...? What did it see...? What did it hear...? What did it think...? What did it do...?
 5 Komodin, Thu, 14th Apr '11 6:00:21 PM from Somewhere in Windy Hill Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
The Sonic Wiki Curator
^^ Ew.

edited 14th Apr '11 6:00:29 PM by Komodin

 6 Sabbo, Thu, 14th Apr '11 6:01:57 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Oh. Then just migrate over there, I guess.
 
 8 Marioguy 128, Thu, 14th Apr '11 6:09:21 PM from various galaxies
Geomancer
@Tor: Did you HAVE TO POST THAT!? It's NSFW you know!

Hmm, I'm pretty excited by this news.
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The Grim Reaper
Please no. If Nintendo unveils and new console, then Sony and Microsoft will be rushing to get new systems out to market in order to compete, and I really don't want a new generation yet. This one's just gettin' good!
I'm a Lumberjack and I'm Okay.
Micromastophile
Not sure what the surprise is. Did we ever found out who bought all those chips "unsuited for a portable device because of power consumption" from Marvell? Doesn't Nintendo (and Sony for that matter, MS released the 360 ahead of everyone else) have consoles last 5 years? Wii is 5 years old this year, GCN was 5 years old when the Wii was released, N64 was 5 years old when the GCN was released, SNES was 5 years old when the N64 was released.

edited 14th Apr '11 6:44:23 PM by deuxhero

Knouge forever!!
wild mass guessSonic Generations will be the pack-inwild mass guess
I am completely, utterly, and thoroughly done with Sola Sonica and 2D
 12 Anomalocaris 20, Thu, 14th Apr '11 9:10:19 PM from Mr. Bones' Wild Ride Relationship Status: In another castle
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[up]Yea- no.
The EYE is protecting Exor!!
 13 Mr Pastry, Thu, 14th Apr '11 9:12:05 PM from Japanifornia
To Object or Not Object?
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Fun Fact: Not everything revolves around Sonic.
It's more frustrating waiting for the asskicking than the asskicking itself.
II
Funner Fact: Nintendo certainly doesn't.

edited 14th Apr '11 9:16:49 PM by BadWolf21

Little-known fact: the four gospels were known in their time as Wedge, Bobby Steve, Red, and Smackdaddy. — ABNDT
 15 Mr W, Fri, 15th Apr '11 6:59:38 AM from some place
@Miru: I'm fairly sure Nintendo would pack-in a first party game, sort of like Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt for the NES or Wii Sports for... well you know.

Jonah Falcon
My take.

There have been tons of reports that Nintendo will unveil the Wii HD at this year’s E3 2011:

  • MCV: Sources point to Wii HD at E3
  • C|Net: Nintendo Wii HD could be revealed in June
  • USA Today: Reports: Nintendo unveiling new video game console

Kotaku is the originator of the rumor, and some of the claims the site is making are eyebrow-raising. The bullet point that is the most intriguing is the claim that the Wii HD will be more powerful than either the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360.

The problem here, of course, is that Nintendo has not issued software that appeals to the core gamer, and if they really want to attract PS3 and 360 owners, they have to get heavy third party support – something Nintendo has been historically opposed to – and release a controller built for serious gaming. A more powerful machine will require a higher price tag, and the problem is that Nintendo built its Wii audience on the casual audience who doesn’t like to spend money. The Nintendo 3DS, an expensive, feature-rich handheld device, undersold by 200, 000 units, selling 400K instead of the expected 600K in the US.

Nintendo, of course, has issued a “no comment”.
Jonah Falcon
A Pheasant Experience
^ I think that the "Nintendo haz no 3rd party support" argument has been kinda dead since the DS rolled around, and has really been dead for the 3DS, sales figures beside the point (a $250 price point and having one of your major markets hammered by a major natural disaster doesn't make for good sales figures). The only things that I can see going wrong with the HDii is if it cost significantly more than the HD Twins at launch, if it were noticeably harder to develop for than the current HD consoles, if it had a sucktacular software library for the first couple years of its life, or if it wasn't able to find some sort of novelty factor to distinguish it from the twins that appeals to a non-core audience. If none of those factors apply, I don't see any particular reason why a HDii shouldn't succeed.

edited 15th Apr '11 7:46:37 AM by TheGinkei

And "Reality" is unveiled. What did it want...? What did it see...? What did it hear...? What did it think...? What did it do...?
Morgan Freeman is God.
Well, Nintendo already did trademark the name "Zii" some time ago...
II
[up] Sometimes companies trademark names for things they never intend to make, but are similar to the names of their actual products. It's a preventative measure that keeps people from cashing in on their name (look at the myriad of Drum Hero, Keyboard Hero, Guitar Villain, Drum Villain, what have you that Activision trademarked).

So the existence of the name "Zii" doesn't prove or disprove anything.
Little-known fact: the four gospels were known in their time as Wedge, Bobby Steve, Red, and Smackdaddy. — ABNDT
A good question is how they will handle backward compatibility. I think I'll wait to make any firm judgements until we see actual official data.
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Plus, Zii would be a really dumb name for anything.

 22 Blissey 1, Fri, 15th Apr '11 9:14:36 AM from a random Pokčcenter Relationship Status: I know
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[up]hey, people said the same thing about the Wii, but we all warmed up to that.
II
Wii ended up having a meaning, though. Zii just sound like the letter.
Little-known fact: the four gospels were known in their time as Wedge, Bobby Steve, Red, and Smackdaddy. — ABNDT
Jonah Falcon
Yes. Zii sounds like Z. And we all know that X and Z are the coolest letters in the alphabet.
Jonah Falcon
A Pheasant Experience
Lies, everyone knows that E is the coolest letter. It's the most popular * of them all!
And "Reality" is unveiled. What did it want...? What did it see...? What did it hear...? What did it think...? What did it do...?
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