Rumor: New IP Will Accompany Wii 2

Hold onto your hats everyone. We have a Nintendo rumor that’s as mesmerizing as it is devoid of actual details. Earlier this morning, Techtroid reported that they’ve spoken to a ‘retail source’, and said source claims we’re going to get a look at a new Nintendo game franchise very soon:

A new IP [is] rumoured to launch with Nintendo’s next console. The aforementioned IP is said to look “visually beautiful”, with the retailer adding that “you’ll see what we mean at E3.”

That is basically all the details Techtroid has for us. We don’t even know who the retail source is (and for all we know, that source is making it all up). Nintendo has a now-lengthy history of failing to support the launch of a new console with adequate software. Take the lack of high quality games at the launch of 3Ds for instance. Then again, it is confirmed that Nintendo will be debuting their new console at E3 2011. With news that they might even be gunning for a Q1 2012 release, it would be insane to debut the new console without anything to actually play on it. A new franchise would be just the thing to show off its capabilities and show they’re serious about it.

Of course, ‘new ip’ could mean anything. Wii Sports was new IP that shipped with Wii. While we agree it’s a ton of fun, does anyone rank it up there with Mario, Zelda, Metroid or even Pikmin? That sound you hear is the sound of people nervously admitting they don’t really use their Wii very often. Some unsolicited advice for Nintendo: Not just new IP guys; you absolutely, positively have to launch the new console with a top tier, a-list franchise. We’re talking a Mario, Zelda or Metroid level game on day one. Failure to do this proves you’re just going to dick everyone around with gimmicks the way you did with Wii. Wii’s cheapness made up for the fact that it doesn’t support HD and most of the games kind of suck unless you’re drunk with friends. You’re not going to get a pass if you pull that kind of BS with a system that costs $400.00.

We’ll be spending a lot of quality time with Nintendo at E3, and rest assured you’ll know as soon as we do if the new system has any promise. In the meantime, we’ll keep our eyes open for more news about this supposed new IP.

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