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Next Nintendo Console With Blu-ray, Quad CPU?

Immediately after the Game Developers Conference concluded on Friday in San Francisco, rumors began to surface that Nintendo may reveal its next console in June at E3 2011. The news isn't surprising given that the current Nintendo Wii is now coming down off the console mountain as reigning retail king, giving way to Microsoft's Xbox 360. The Wii also turns 5-years-old this year, meaning Nintendo is due for a hardware refresh soon.

The rumored new console from Nintendo isn't anything new. As Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata said years ago, "We are always preparing for the next hardware. We are under development." Indeed, that's the case with all three: launching one product while beginning on the next. Given that, unless otherwise stated (like Sega did just a few years after the launch of its incredible Dreamcast console), development of new hardware is simply a given.

That said, it's a matter of when and what's it got? Over the last year, the company has beaten down speculation that it was working on an HD version of the Wii console. Instead, Nintendo claims it's working on something completely new that's now rumored to feature a Blu-ray optical drive, a quad-core processor, and a mobile projector. That's right, a projector that will shoot HD (and 3D?) graphics onto a wall. That's an interesting concept, eliminating the need for an additional HDTV, but how will the built-in projector affect the overall cost? Will it be a peripheral instead? Will gamers even have enough wall space to even utilize such a feature?

In any case, E3 2011 seems to be the logical date for revealing the next console if Nintendo plans to launch the device this holiday season. But an E3 2011 reveal also depends on the current number of Wii units sold in the States thus far, as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that "after we've reached an installed base of 45 million here in the U.S., we can have a conversation about the next generation." Surely Nintendo will have raked in its required 45 million before June-- more than 30 million units had sold as of December 2010.

Nintendo has also stated in previous years that it won't reveal the next console unless it can truly set itself from its market rivals in a surprising way-- just as the Wii did, sparking copycats from Microsoft and Sony like the Kinect and Move. On the other hand, various developers have indicated that Nintendo may bring stereoscopic 3D to the next platform. 3DS project lead Hideki Konno, who pointed to Nintendo's experiment with 3D on the Famicom consoles (aka NES), said that the company has been considering 3D for over 20 years.

"Nintendo doesn't give up," Konno said. "That's the Nintendo style, the Miyamoto style."

Unfortunately, we may not know anything truly solid until right before E3 2011. "It is really important for our business to positively surprise people," Iwata previously said. "Will you be surprised by our completed product if we told you how it is surprising three years in advance? Therefore, we basically disclose information on our products as late as possible."

Get ready, gamers. It's going to be a long three months.

  • nforce4max
    I better have upgradable storage such as a hard drive or ssd. Second it better have a lot of ram upfront for better game development and longer life.
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  • eddieroolz
    That's to be expected, considering that BD-ROM is going to become the default delivery system.
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  • The only reason I can see for it to include a projector is to also include polarization style 3D effects. This would enable cheap glasses. This is certainly much different than any other console, and would greatly distinguish it from the crowd.
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  • kilo_17
    This looks pretty interesting
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  • "The Wii also turns 5-years-old this year, meaning Nintendo is due for a hardware refresh soon."

    "But an E3 2011 reveal also depends on the current number of Wii units sold in the States thus far, as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that "after we've reached an installed base of 45 million here in the U.S., we can have a conversation about the next generation." Surely Nintendo will have raked in its required 45 million before June-- more than 30 million units had sold as of December 2010."

    So 5 years to hit 30 million, and you expect another 50% in 6 months? What fantasy world are you from?
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  • guanyu210379
    If I see Wii-type of games in PS3 graphic quality or better, I have no reason not to have one at home.
    I hope it will come true.
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  • SlickyFats
    "Surely Nintendo will have raked in its required 45 million before June-- more than 30 million units had sold as of December 2010."

    30 million over 4+ year period, but you expect them to get another 15 million in 6 months?!?
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  • gm0n3y
    I have no idea what Nintendo can do to beat Kinect (and to a lesser degree, Move). If they just pump out newer hardware with 3D support, that won't be enough. As for a projector, what about people that don't have the wall space or don't have white colored walls (I can't think of anyone I know that does). Imagine how poorly this would sell in space-starved Japan if it required free wall space. I could see them selling a peripheral 3D projector that is just some rebrand of another company's model. This would allow them to support 3D without users having to buy a new 3D TV.
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  • gto127
    Do any you guys know which graphics hardware Nintendo will use for this.?
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  • am i the only one that thinks the projector will be used for interaction and not display, Nintendo is not stupid and i think they learned a few things since the wii, they know everyone will have a TV, there is no way that an inbuilt project will be used for a bigger gaming screen

    imagine projecting an interface onto the wall/floor/couch teamed up with something like kinect, it be a new and interesting way to interact with the console, or for even more immersive environment where by the scenery can be projected beyond the screen your living room floor can literally be an extension of the gaming environment, hmmmmmmmm now thats does sound interesting
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