Multiple Reports: Nintendo Confirms New Console In 2012, E3 2011 Preview
You’ll recall the recent rumors that Nintendo is planning to unveil the new HD successor console to Wii? The rumors are apparently true. As multiple venues are reporting, early Monday morning, Nintendo issued a press statement confirming this new console. That statement was issued in Japan- we’ll update as soon as the English Language translation is up. Until then, here’s what we know for certain:
* The console will be shown – and playable – at E3 2011.
* It’s looking very likely that the rumors that the new console is codenamed ‘Project Cafe’ are accurate.
* They’re supposedly already showing the console to third party developers in advance of the official debut.
None of this should come as a surprise, considering the slowing sales of the Wii, but if what we’ve already reported is true, and the new Nintendo console is intended to compete with Microsoft and Sony for hardcore players, then these details are very interesting indeed.
Thing is, Nintendo has, for a long time, been rather lax in making sure that launch titles for their new consoles are worth playing. (See our review of Nintendo 3DS for proof of that). Gamecube, Wii and 3DS all launched with second tier titles. They own the handheld market for all time, but one can’t help but conclude their failure to realize that they have competition in the major console market contributed to the lackluster performance of Gamecube (and the fact that Wii’s dominance depended solely on casual gamers). If they’re already working to drum up support for the in-development console, perhaps they’re getting serious again.
There are risks to this strategy. Only 3 years ago Sony was claiming the current generation was good until at least 2015. Launching a new console too soon could put Nintendo ahead of the pack but it could also end up being a Sega Dreamcast kind of error. However it works out, this obviously guarantees that E3 2011 is going to be a mega-super clusterfrack of biblical proportions.
Guaranteed, we will be there reporting extensively on project Cafe, or whatever the official name for the new console ends up being. Until then, keep your eyes on Gamefront for news as soon as it’s available.