New Nintendo Console Debuting At E3, Launching In 2012, More Powerful Than Xbox 360 And PS3

New Nintendo Console Debuting At E3, Launching In 2012, More Powerful Than Xbox 360 And PS3

Nintendo’s next console will debut at E3 in June, moving the maker of Mario and Zelda into the HD era. The news, first reported by Game Informer today, confirms rumours that have been swirling for months in the wake of slowing game releases from Nintendo.

Furthermore, we’ve heard that the machine will be more powerful than current-gen systems, meaning Nintendo, currently backing a Wii that is weaker in horsepower than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, will be showing a new console that is more powerful than those current competitors.

We’ve asked Nintendo for comment and will let you know if they shock us and spill the beans.

E3 kicks off on June 7, though Nintendo’s E3 press conference may occur the day before, if tradition holds.


  • How long do we have left in the life cycle for the 360 and ps3? I believe its at least 3 or 4 years that they would like to keep these consoles alive. In which case if they do get in quick, before their competitors even announce a new console, and they unveil something more powerful, I think they have a good chance.

    They could sweep up a lot of sales simply because they are running by themselves, however I think the core gamer will wait and see what games will back up this new platform. As that has been one of the many disappointments of the Wii.

    • I’m pretty sure the “10 year life cycle” for PS3 and 360 is for how long the platforms will be supported. It’s like the PS2, 10 years later and it’s still selling and still in production. It’s lifecycle hasn’t really ended yet.

      I think thats what Sony and Microsoft want to achieve with their current consoles, even if the “next gen” starts before the life cycle is over.

  • This should be very interesting… especially if Microsoft and Sony don’t show anything next gen. At this point I’m hoping they do, but I’m not even game to take a guess at whether they will or not. I really can’t wait for a new console…

    • Highly doubt it.

      MS wont, not after the Kinect and Slim last year.

      Sony probably wont, don’t think they’re making enough money on the PS3 to justify dumping it for a new more powerful console.

      Nintendo can release something new since the Wii, as the meme goes, is just two Gamecubes duct-taped together…so they haven’t really launched a true “This-Generation” console

  • They should have just called it “Number 2”.

    Because that’s what it’ll be, just around the corner from a Wii…

  • Awesome news, finally we will get a real next gen Zelda, with Windwaker being the last. Hopefully they provide a useable online service that is with the times and we get atleast a Mario or Zelda game on launch. Nintendo lost me in the Wii, I believe it’s their worst console to date, having grown up with them since the NES. Hopefully they can win me back on this one

  • Does anyone really want this, this early?

    Don’t get me wrong, new console is great but when the ps3/wii/360 came out I owned something like 50 games on my ps2 and a good 30 on xbox (10 gamecube games, the essentials).

    I look at my current gen gaming collection and I have…20 ps3 games and 20 wii games.

    That’s roughly half the ammount of games.

    I also think that there is MUCH more left in the current systems. Even the wii, Nintendo have alot of potential left for it that they simply won’t touch, although not as much as the PS3/360.

    Come on…Motion Plus has only been out for 2 years, and only what..4? games use it. And I think 4 games use Wii Speak aswell.

    also, is anyone going to buy this off the bat, or will you wait a good year or two and see how many periferals they’re milking before you make your mind up.

    • I had some 30-40 GCN games when the Wii came out, and that was as a poor highschooler/uni student that didn’t work. Now at this point I have some 60-70 Wii games, and that’s as a former uni student that still doesn’t work 😛

      That said, you do have a point. The others still seem like they’ll be going a while yet, and it does kind of feel like the Wii hasn’t really gotten a good proper run yet. But I dunno, at the same time I already was saying they’d reveal it this year months ago.

      Ftr I do avoid shovelware and the like 😛

  • I have enjoyed SM Galaxy, RE4 (both GCN and Wii), and um, I’m sure there was one more…oh Viewtiful Joe…no that was GCN….um….OH MADWORLD & Tatsunoko vs Capcom…

    My point is that there have been a tiny handful of games I have enjoyed on the latest Nintendo console, and that is simply due to Nintendo not pushing out their own quality software, simply leaving it to be another console full of 3rd party shovelware.

    Hopefully Wii2 will turn things around, but unless Nintendo changes their own mindset, they stand a good chance of pulling a Dreamcast on this one….

  • Nintendo always have to make a profit on everything, so if it is super powerful it will either be really expensive PS3 style, or made from crappy parts and maybe have a RROD type issue. In a perfect world it would be neither.

  • Could the imminent reveal of Wii2 have something to do with imminent release of AMD Llano APU?

    I know that in past Nintendo have gone for Power PC processors / SG & ATI graphics, but this seems a taylor made match for Nintendo requirements. Cheap, powerful and cool…..

    What do you think?

  • Oh-O! One of the things that I thought killed the dreamcast (ok, people are still making games for it so it’s not technically dead) was trying to get a new console out before anyone else could release anything. Consoles are expensive, and generally people don’t want to fork out extra dosh for something that’s doing what current generation consoles are doing.

  • Building a console more powerful than they 360 or the PS3 isn’t exactly hard at this point, it’s a matter of how much more powerful.

  • I got a feeling that this will be good to go pretty soon, and they’ll have a big lineup straight away as well.

    • I cannot imagine it is going to cost a lot of money to add in the same processors on a new console. The die process has shrunk 3 times since Wii release.

      Hell, why not just run the dolphin emulator and have it all in HD

    • The Wii had 100% backward compatibility with gamecube (something that 360/PS3 people tend to gloss over) so we can hope they continue that.

  • Why is this written as if it’s news rather than a rumour? It’s not that it doesn’t sound highly probable but at this stage it doesn’t seem to warrant the absolute certainty afforded to it here.

  • Maybe we can stop refering to PS3 and 360 as next gen consoles now… this will bring Nintendo to this generation plus .5

    I doubt they’ll steal too much market share from the next batch of console releases, but it may fracture the market such that there are staggered console releases in future.

  • more powerful than the 360 and PS3… wow better late than never and im totally holding my breath for this hypothetical pile of garbage… Nintendo sold their souls with the Wii… we would have to go back to n64 to find a solid nintendo console

    • What was wrong with Gamecube?
      While it did not have a lot of support, it had the best games of the gen.(I was goin to say IMO – BWGAF)
      It certainly whooped the PS2’s ass in graphical capability.
      Yes, it was marginally weaker than the XboxPC, but then again MS was selling that unit at an enormous loss. I think they were still trying to recover losses for the XBOX a year into the 360 era.

  • It needs to be able to run that new engine Epic games have, which they say cannot run on current gen systems. If they do this, they will at least know they could stand up to the next systems from Sony and MS.

  • I know you guys were trying to pay out nintendo but you managed make me think of something – Imagine a next-gen mario kart running on epic game’s new engine with better graphics than this generations best – That does sound good doesn’t it? maybe even enough to convert sony/ms fans…

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