HD Console: Wii2
To Be Unveiled at E3?
©2011 Nicholas Laborde
Recently, rumors have circulated about a new Nintendo console that will supposedly be unveiled at E3 2011.
While it is speculation, it’s fun to think about. It also falls inline with the proposed retail reduction of the Wii come May 15th, as mentioned in Game Informer the other day.
Especially seeing that the sales of the Nintendo Wii are steadily declining, and their current poor position with 3rd party developers. It also doesn’t help that the 3DS has seemingly come adrift from its moorings, with sales of it decreasing since release, and returns of the unit increasing each day.
Well, or Is It New?
Will it simply be the Wii’s successor, or will it be a brand spanking new console?
Here’s what Game Informer had to say just yesterday:-
We have confirmed with multiple sources that this new home system is capable of running games at HD resolutions. There are conflicting reports, however, as to whether its graphics will be comparable to those on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – meaning it could surpass or fall short of those systems. Either way it will offer competitive specifications. Moving to HD should greatly help Nintendo and its new console in getting more multi-platform triple-A titles like Portal 2 or Mortal Kombat. This, in turn, will strengthen Nintendo’s historically poor relationship with third-party publishers/developers.
In fact, Nintendo is already showing publishers the system in an effort to get them interested and allow them plenty of time to start developing titles in anticipation of the system’s reported late 2012 launch. This advance support marks a change from when the Wii launched. At that time, several Western publishers were outright surprised by the announcement, and it affected the software support for the platform.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata himself acknowledged that it needs to do a better job with its publishing partners at a 3DS press conference in the fall 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.” Source for full article: Game informer
So, what do you think?
[Ed: Personally I think Nintendo need a wake-up-call with regards to how the view 3rd party developers, as well as their thoughts about once loyal supporters. Who have changed over the last 12 - 18 months, as customers expectations change, and their use of high quality technology is almost a prerequisite now of ANY platform.]
©2011 Nicholas Laborde
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