Rumors and reports on a possible new Nintendo console have been popping up everywhere over the last few days. So many in fact that we’re no longer questioning whether or not the console is real, but instead we are wondering how many of these rumors will turn out to be legitimate. There have been some pretty wild claims regarding Nintendo’s top secret step into the next generation of console gaming, but which new features should you expect to be included when the system hits retailers?

That is a question that will have the masses pondering for months leading up to an official reveal of the console, but Game Rant is here to ease the burden of waiting by offering up some of its expert insight into the top five things we expect the new Nintendo console to have. This isn’t a random wishlist of upgrades that we hope to see. Instead, we’ve discussed the rumors amongst ourselves, as well as deciding upon things that we expect from a next generation video game console. Nintendo may be leading the market now, and if they implement everything below then they could very well stay on top for many more years to come.

New HD Nintendo Console

1080p HD Graphics

Let’s get the most obvious one out of the way first. The Wii, Nintendo’s current home console, is several years behind the competition in terms of technology. Nintendo has got to be looking for a way to get past the technological slump they’ve put themselves in, and they will obviously be making that jump with their next system. Reports have stated that the new console will already be more powerful with graphics that trump the Xbox 360 and PS3, and we here at Game Rant believe that because the lack of HD is one of the Wii’s major faults.

Third party blockbusters like Call of Duty, Dead Rising, and more all required not just a scaling down, but a dated port made for the Wii because the system just couldn’t handle running the original versions of the games. That’s why anyone who wants to enjoy something else besides first party titles is likely to pass on the Wii and go straight to the 360 or PS3. High Definition graphics are a necessity among current game consoles, so expect Nintendo to be showing off some beautiful looking games for their new console in the near future. Don’t expect the system to feature 3D though, because Nintendo feels that it’s currently an unnecessary feature on a home console.

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tags: Nintendo, Wii, Wii U