According to Game Informer, Nintendo is set to unveil the Wii's successor at this year's E3. Jumping the gun on competitors Microsoft and Sony, who've been looking to Move and Kinect to prolong the lifespan of their own current gen platforms, the Wii 2 is said to be capable of outputting HD graphics. Not only that, the tech is supposedly so powerful it surpasses the PS3, with Nintendo finally looking to recapture the hardcore crowd they've ignored thus far this generation.
Game Informer's exclusive expose reveals Nintendo is "already showing publishers the system in an effort to get them interested and allow them plenty of time to start developing titles in anticipation of the system's reported late 2012 launch". And according to their anonymous source, Nintendo isn't pitching the Wii 2 on "gimmicks" like motion control. They're looking to do "this one right".
The Wii is the best-selling platform of all the next-gen consoles, easily outpacing both the 360 and the PS3. But recently, Nintendo's surging run into casual households has hit a snag, and sales have steadily dropped, year on year. Some mark it down to tapping the previously untapped casual market, whereas others claim Nintendo's abandoning the core was a proverbial shot in the foot.
And Nintendo seem to believe this, too, as if these rumors on the Wii 2 prove true, it's a bold assault on the core crowd who've mostly moved over to Microsoft and Sony's side of the field. Nintendo have a stunning backlog of classics - Mario, Zelda, Starfox, you name it - and with a console supposedly more powerful than a PS3, they might just be able to redeem themselves this time around. [Game Informer]