Rumours are heating up that Nintendo will announce its next videogames console at E3 in June. However, many experts are predicting that it will be an all new machine, rather than Wii 2.
The strongest speculation suggests that the next console will be HD, although the extent of its high definition graphical capabilities are disputed. Some sources state that the graphics processor used is less powerful than those found on the Xbox 360 and PS3, so while it will undoubtedly look better on a modern flatscreen TV, the high-def pictures will take a back seat to another Nintendo stand-out feature.
Then again, as Game Informer's sources merely state that the graphics on the new, unnamed system are not directly comparable to its rivals, that could also mean that the graphics are, in fact, better.
Much of the speculation comes from the third-party games development field, with some claiming that Nintendo has shown them the new console with the hope of getting them interested in creating titles.
And what lends credibility to such postulation is that Nintendo itself recently stated that it would like to work closer with third-party publishers: "We need to decrease the concern that only Nintendo software can sell well on Nintendo platforms and third-party software cannot sell in the same volume," said the company's president, Satoru Iwata at a recent 3DS conference. "We feel a need to have closer ties with our third-party developers from the beginning."
Of course, when asked by Game Informer if the prospective console is on the cards, Nintendo's response was the obligatory "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation."
Could be a very exciting E3 ahead...