[Update: Multiple sources have confirmed the Nintendo HD Console and more details!]
Many people believe that the time of the current generation of consoles is almost over. Others believe that it’s nowhere near time for the next consoles to even be thought about. Whatever you believe, developers are always thinking about what could come next and planning accordingly. Is Nintendo doing the same with their next console? A recent rumor going around says that they might.
The recent story that the Wii would be dropping in price to $150 next month has raised a few questions among experts. With E3 coming up in June, the timing of the supposed price drop seems rather suspicious. EEDAR analyst Jesse Divinch explained that an announcement of a price drop usually precedes a much bigger announcement from a company, leading many to believe that Nintendo will have something huge to show at E3 this year.
M2 analyst Billy Pidgeon further explained that a price cut announcement would usually suffice for E3 itself, so to make said announcement before E3 would only mean something bigger was being saved for the event. A new game wouldn’t be considered big enough, and with the 3DS already released (arguably early), the possibilities are narrowed down to something that’s been rumored for some time now: the next home console from Nintendo.
This does raise a few doubts, however. The current generation of consoles is at its peak right now. Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 are getting plenty of titles to satisfy their audiences this year, while the Wii has cemented itself as a family-friendly console, but one that has no killer apps coming out. Announcing the next generation when the current is not finished (for the competition anyway) may seem strange, but it might be needed, especially since the Wii is very dated in its specs. Pidgeon himself even questioned the developers’ ability to promote the new generation while still keeping the current one relevant.
Wedbush Securities member Michael Pachter questioned the price cut announcement, saying that no one outside of Nintendo of Japan would even know about a cut until at least three weeks before it, citing September as a much more realistic time for a cut. Let’s also not forget that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime dismissed the Wii 2 rumors about a month ago, although he did hint at a price drop at the same time.
Do you think the Wii 2 will be announced at E3? If not, then what will be the big announcement? Is one even coming this year?
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