April 14, 2011, 5:02 PM — The other day I made some predictions about what we'd see at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year. It's starting to look like I got at least one of them right.
Earlier today Game Informer ran a story saying that Nintendo is, in fact, going to introduce a new console at E3, or possibly even sooner. [At the time of this posting, their site is being hammered and is essentially off line. Ah, the price of success!]
A bit later in the day, IGN added to the story, citing sources of their own. IGN says the new console will be more powerful than the PS3 or Xbox 360 (one would hope so, given the age of those machines) while remaining fully backward compatible with existing Wii games. They say Nintendo's goal is to re-capture the hardcore gamer market. You know, the market that they more or less threw away with the Wii.
Assuming all the rumors are true (Nintendo has declined to comment) the new console is due out in late 2012.
Now I'll be the first to admit that my predicting a new console from Nintendo wasn't a huge stretch, given how poorly the Nintendo Wii is aging and the rumors of a pending price cut. But hey, I've got to take my wins where I can get them!