Sources have this morning confirmed reports that Nintendo has a successor to the Wii in the works, telling us that thirdparty studios including those of Ubisoft, Activision and Electronic Arts have had development units of the new hardware for months.
They have also claimed that the system retains motion control, with capabilities that are “better than Move”, meaning that they boast higher fidelity. We do not yet have word on whether or not its motion-controlled solution introduces a camera.
Game Informer has been told that Nintendo will unveil the system at E3 in June, if not sooner, with a view to a late 2012 release. It cites multiple sources as saying the system is capable of running at HD resolutions, with one source claiming: “Nintendo is doing this one right…[it’s] not a gimmick like the Wii.”
The new console may not bear the Wii name, with Game Informer told that Nintendo is actively courting the western gamer with its new system and will most likely launch a new brand with the console.
CVG, meanwhile, has been told that the system’s graphical capabilities exceed those of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and that its controller sports an HD screen. “Nintendo’s plans sound unreal,” said one source. “Publishers are already planning launch titles and it’s all very exciting.
“The hardware is even more powerful than current HD consoles and backwards compatible with Wii. The controller will be all-new and has an HD screen."
While a successor to the ageing Wii, which was released in 2006, has been rumoured for some time, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said last month that the firm saw no need for a new console while Wii was still selling well.
“It’s just four years since release,” he said. “It’s selling over seven million units a year in North America, so we don’t think it’s at the limit.”
However, in February THQ president Brian Farrell dropped a heavy hint that a Wii successor was very much on the agenda, telling investors: “We don’t expect new hardware any time soon from either Microsoft or Sony. It’s different on Nintendo – we’ll let them announce their new hardware.”