Besides the 3DS there’s not much love for Nintendo right now. It’s all because of the Wii. While it’s a success in nursing homes, approved by over protective mothers and kids who don’t know any better, it’s a laughing stock in the gaming community. That’s a broad statement, the Wii has had it’s moments (insert some Mario or Zelda title), but overall it’s a under performing gimmicky dust collector. Heck, the only time I use my Wii is when I download an old-school NES game from the Wii store channel. Nintendo has simply played it safe for the last 5 or so years. Sacrificing game quality for family friendly fair. Where as the Xbox 360 and PS3 having captured the hearts and minds of REAL gamers. The Wii with it’s barely better than PS2 graphics and catalog of “safe” and silly games have not been able to compete. It’s a shame too because we all love Nintendo. Between the 80’s and early 90’s they dominated the gaming scene. It’s a brand we know and love, but we’ve out grown them and Nintendo doesn’t seem to give a flying fuck. Or do they?
Via a report by our friends at Kotaku Nintendo announced today that they will be debuting their follow-up to the Wii at E3 in June. According to Game Informer “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.”
I’m gonna let all that sink in for a minute. Yep, after years of defending it’s console their ready for another system cycle. I have my doubts that this new system will blow gamers away. However, Moving to HD will only help Nintendo in getting in on some more multi-platform action, adding more triple-A titles like Portal 2 or Mortal Kombat to their games. This will help strengthen Nintendo’s poor relationship with the third-party publishers/developers. So basically, they’re just finally catching up to everyone else. Welcome to the party Nintendo. Finally made it, glad to see you here.
That said, I’m a little scared now. If Nintendo opens the floodgates for a new console, that may mean Sony and Microsoft step up and shows theirs. And, I don’t have $1000 to spend on the next-gen consoles!
Nintendo has yet to confirm any of this so it’s all rumor and speculation for now.