Nintendo confirms new console will be playable at E3

Monday, 25th April 2011 09:53 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Nintendo Japan has confirmed its next console will launch in calendar year 2012, and will be announced and playable at E3 this year.

The company confirmed this news via a brief press release which stated the following:

“We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.”

The new machine is rumoured to have a touch-screen controller. Various other rumours are doing the rounds on the system’s power, specifications and lots more.

Nintendo also confirmed that Wii has sold over 86 million units worldwide since its launch in 2006.



  1. kingofscotland

    Ding ding – Round 1 – I now prounounce E3 officially open!!!

    For all I’m not a Nintendo Fan and dont think this system will bring what it needs to make me a mainstream gamer a fan and purchases it – I still love a good hardware reveal (GEEK!)

    So still looking forward to seeing it although I think my next gaming hadware will NGP.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    I thought they might let speculation continue, but to come right out and just confirm it like this. There may be something big on the way, from Nintendo!
    All this talk of touchscreen controllers causes my memory to head back to Dreamcast’s VMU. From a financial standpoint, is it viable to have a touchscreen of that sort of scale on every controller? I don’t think there will be a wimote like control scheme, primarily at least to control whatever they do show at E3.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Dimaco

    From the pic (if it’s to be thought anywhere near truth), they look like traditional controllers.. touchscreen you say?
    Wondering how much they will be, then… Wiimote itself wasn’ t exactly cheap, and it had no screen!
    I believe Nintendo has a whole lot to lose in next-gen hardware: it might be a hard task to match Wii’s success… just like 3DS vs DS… interesting times these are!

    … just thinking about it… it makes little sense having a touchscreen controller in a home console, or does it? I mean, I’d rather watch the action on my big LED display, instead!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. The_Red

    I hope they use some imaginations when it comes to naming their new console, unlike the previous ones.
    Otherwise, we will either end up with “Wii Wii” or “Super Wii” for the name.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus



    #5 4 years ago
  6. kingofscotland

    I prefered the Wii when it was known as Revolution. I guess you get used to it – I mean the Wii doesnt sound as stupid as it did when it was announced.

    Anyway I will sit back and wait to be impressed or let down but none the less I’ll be watching all 3 confrences now instead of the usual 2.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. TaTaTow

    Shouldn’t it be called E2 Expo? :D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    So yeah, just like with Twilight Princess, you can bet Skyward Swords going to have a launch port.

    I honestly dont think i’ll bother with it this time, not unless some really awesome games get announced at E3, and Nintendos usual fanfare of rehashed stuff isnt ‘awesome’ in my book.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. kingofscotland

    Is it because its bank holiday or are people just not that bothered – I mean here we have official confirmation of a *ahem* ‘Next Generation Console’ getting a reveal in 2 months and no one seems to be biting????

    As I’ve said before I’m not a big Nintedo fan (I bought my wife and daughter a DS and sometimes play mario, but thats it)

    But none the less its still a console launch – how good/or not will really determine when Sony And Microsoft will launch their new console.

    If it succeeds and sells the numbers that Wii did at launch then Sony & M$ would be forced to reveal next year before losing too much ground – thats the bit I’m excited about, right now its a game of poker – so will Sony And M$ be forced to show their hands earlier???? Hmmmm – only time will tell.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. dtyk


    I think it’s because of the underwhelming performance of 3ds plus the fact that this graphical update is like… years overdue

    Iono, nintendo just kind of lost its persuasive power after the Wii fuss

    #10 4 years ago
  11. SOMI

    Wont we all rather suffer from chlorine gas poisoning than playing anything Nintendo?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. AHA-Lambda

    i’m surprised they just so casually confirmed this XD

    wait a minute, its only really just hit me now but does no one else think its too soon for a new nintendo console?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. kingofscotland

    @12 its always too soon for another Nintendo but it makes E3 exciting :-)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. OrbitMonkey

    HD remake of Ocarina of Time in 5..4..3..2..

    #14 4 years ago
  15. AHA-Lambda

    i’ve learned my lesson from the wii at least (and psp actually aswell). Never buy a system based on potential… it can seriously backfire on you. The wii for me only has a couple good games nothing worth owning a console over so i did seriously regret buying one. This is why i am taking a more hands off approach with wanting a 3DS, NGP and now probably this console. The last couple of years my game purchasing habits have changed dramatically (thanks lovefilm and steam =D)

    Stating the obvious? Yes but i just felt like sharing :P

    All i want from nintendo nowadays is a new 2d metroid anyway =(
    (oh and zelda bores me to tears…don’t kill me ;_;)

    #15 4 years ago
  16. SOMI

    You should learn your lesson from Nintendo, don’t buy any crap Nintendo has made in the last 27 years.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. ManuOtaku

    This is great news two new hardwares on this e3 will means that it will be a great show, now lets see if the rumour about GTAV on this new nintendo platform holds true, i hope, and if it is an easy to develope console like it is rumour also, will be meaning great things for nintendo with is next console, that and the capacity to run 1080p for real.
    P.S if sony and microsoft now jump with their consoles will make the best e3 ever…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. SOMI

    I doubt wether this will be in HD or 1080, it will be still outdated come 2012, they will have only caught up with 2006 tech. I imagine it will be 1.5 times more powerful than Wii.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. dtyk


    I bought a Wii for Monster Hunter 3… and I ended up playing the PSP one more. Worst purchase… ever…

    #19 4 years ago
  20. AHA-Lambda

    Doesnt this mean that sony and MS will have to show their hands early on their new consoles when they obviously don’t want any right now? And in all honesty from a financial side of the industry right now it may not be a good thing for sony and MS to show off new hardware to soon. Industry isn’t too peaky as it is =/

    @19 – i feel your pain i rly do ;_;

    #20 4 years ago
  21. SOMI

    Any sort of Nintendo purchase will be your worst.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Erthazus

    “Doesnt this mean that sony and MS will have to show their hands early on their new consoles when they obviously don’t want any right now? ”

    Nope, the only thing they can easily battle with it is to release decent software for 360 or PS3
    + they have the install base.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. The_Red

    Dude, it’s Red not Read.
    And that video is for Wii6 announcement. The super extra hard HD successor.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. ManuOtaku

    #18 you just have to take a look at the tech specs that had been leaked, i think is pretty capable of handling true 1080p, and other key information that will entice third party developers like rockstar, is that is easy and with lower costs to develop for.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Epic Fool

    Hoping it’ll be more GameCube than Wii like, love the Cube controller, the Wiimote… not so much. They did say they wanted to recapture the ‘hardcore’ (I think) so I guess that’s a good sign. Cautiously optimistic…

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Epic Fool

    And if the DS proved one thing it’s that an extra (touch)screen can come in handy, so yeah, this might be good.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. SOMI

    @24 I really doubt a hardcore game like GTA will come out on N6, they will rather put it on a real console like 360 and PS3.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Syrok

    You mean like GTA: Chinatown Wars?

    #28 4 years ago
  29. SOMI

    What a mistake.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    #27 well we need to wait for e3, in order to know if this rumour is true, but like i said, if it is very easy to develop for and with lower costs, why wouldnt rockstar or any other third party develop games for it?.
    P.S of course with power to run the newest developing tools that devs have

    #30 4 years ago
  31. hitnrun

    @27: I don’t think Rockstar really cares about fanboy nonsense. Nintendo has a kiddie/casual reputation because its consoles have been underpowered for 10 or 15 years. If their new console is the spec leader, obviously they’ll port their game to it.

    And I think it will be, for at least a year. Even Nintendo can’t fail to beat the specs of 6 and 7 year old competitors…I think.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. mojo
    “Here’s a comment I received via YouTube:

    The pictures were taken inside of the NOA conference room in Redmond, WA. I have family member who have personally been inside the exact same room, sitting in the exact same chairs in the pictures.

    As always, treat everything with skepticism. I’m just trying to present what’s out there.”

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Ireland Michael

    Can you people please ignore SOMI? They’re trolling on purpose, and they’ll keep up as long as people respond to them. Ignore it, and they’ll go alway pretty fast.

    As for this console… well, at the end of the day, all that matters is whether it has good games or not. As with any gaming hardware, I’ll pick one up once there’s a solid collection of quality titles on the forma. It’ll probably be cheaper by then too.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Christopher Jack

    According to the leaked specs, the cpu & gpu are both approximately 50% more powerful than the 360′s.
    I wouldn’t be totally surprised if Sony or Microsoft were to end up using AMD’s next-gen APUs because of it’s overall efficiency rather than PowerPC cpus with separate Nvidia or AMD gpus.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Erthazus

    @34, i’m not sure about that. That is a neat idea and really cheap. But there is a problem. You will never make a Next generation console with them. The best use for them is for people who want a console experience on their PC’s.

    AMD’s next chip will be always behind new technology. I still need to see how this thing will do in the market.

    PowerPC is stil a future and future is 64 bit.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. YoungZer0

    @35: Why is 64 Bit the future?

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Ireland Michael

    @36 Well, for one… do you want to be limited to 4GBs of RAM forever?

    It took decades for personal computers to hit the data storage limits of 32 bit hardware (4GBs is the most data a 32 bit computer can store in memory at any one time.

    I would be surprised if the next generation of hardware isn’t all 64 bit.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Blerk


    #38 4 years ago
  39. YoungZer0


    #39 4 years ago
  40. ManuOtaku

    #34 if it is 50% thats good to me that will mean that it will be not to far off when the ps4 and next 360 will hit the market, therefore it will be an interesting generation for sure.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Erthazus

    @YoungZer0, because it’s already a future:

    #41 4 years ago
  42. YoungZer0

    @41: It’s one future, not THE future.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Ireland Michael

    @42 It’s a matter of necessity, not choice. Most companies are already adapting themselves for 64 bit processors, Windows included. 32 bit hardware is already being phased out. 64 bit PCs are already becoming the norm.

    The software we’re creating now, games especially, *cannot* be sustained on 32 bit systems. Video games are the worst hit by this, the memory limitations are holding back a lot of the horse power that already exists in top range graphics cards, which will be bog standard technology in 4 or 5 years anyway.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. freedoms_stain

    It’ll be interesting to see what this thing is and can do, but tbh I’m not in the market for a pricey new console with manufacturer taxed games atm.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. YoungZer0

    @43: And i totally agree with that, they are a necessity. I just expect something else to be the future. As you said, it’s becoming the norm. This should be the first step on a big staircase in console development. If they expect me to spend my money on a new console in one or two years again, they better deliver something that’s worth it.

    With a rational pricetag.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. el duderino

    My body is ready


    #46 4 years ago
  47. Phoenixblight

    Don’t mean to be a downer but even if the next Nintendo system does have better processing power and graphics card, guess what developers will do? Give you a hint its what they have been doing for this entire generation (Make it work for the lowest common denominator) Only games that will possibly shine is their first party titles which Nintendo always had that so they would just be playing the same beat.

    No developer is going to make an exclusive, they simply will not, you can earn a lot more money on going Multiplat. Epic Mickey anyone? That game bombed so hard that they had to lay off half the staff. Just being a realist here.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. ManuOtaku

    #47 i think nintendo does not need of exclusives titles from second and third party developers, they need is multiplatform games like GTA, Red dead, Assassins creed and the like, and i think is that what they are aiming for, bring back the strong third party support, like with the ps3 and 360, and i think they are right about it.

    Well epic mickey and little king story sold quite well, for wii games standard of course.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Phoenixblight


    “i think nintendo does not need of exclusives titles from second and third party developers, they need is multiplatform games like GTA, Red dead, Assassins creed and the like, and i think is that what they are aiming for”

    I get that but if people are expecting better graphics and technology with Nintendo next system games you have too high expectations and thats where I was getting at. I already have a 360 and PS3, no need for me to pick up a new Nintendo system no matter how much better it is to the competitors. The games will look the same through out all the systems except possibly the first party games.

    “Well epic mickey and little king story sold quite well, for wii games standard of course.”

    Well that standard is not very good for 3rd party developers as I said they shit canned half of junction point and laid off half of the employees of Disney Interactive.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Dimaco

    Wait, wait… Iwata-san came out with this: “it will offer a new way of playing games within the home.”
    And I see pads with a relatively big (touch)screen. You don’t mean this is going to work WITHOUT connecting to any other screen, right?
    Like playing in local multiplayer on the controllers or S**T like that???

    #50 4 years ago
  51. ManuOtaku

    #49 “I get that but if people are expecting better graphics and technology with Nintendo next system games you have too high expectations and thats where I was getting at. I already have a 360 and PS3, no need for me to pick up a new Nintendo system no matter how much better it is to the competitors. The games will look the same through out all the systems except possibly the first party games”.
    Yes is true, but i think the best looking games on wii are nintendo made, of course with a few exception like muramasa, epic mickey and red steel 2, but mario galaxy 1&2 are the best wii looking games, both are close with the things done in banjo nuts and bolts on the 360, therefore i think the only ones that will exploit the power of a nintendo console for an exclusive, is non other than nintendo, and thats why so many gamers buy nintendo consoles all alone, for their games, but if you add a strong third party support that is the same vein as sony and microsoft, maybe will entice some new gamers to purchase their console, and then will entice more third party support, that will translate in some exclusives for the new nintendo console, i dont know but maybe they will and that is what nintendo is betting on, IMHO.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. Phoenixblight


    Anything is possible, I personally not a fan of Nintendo first party games except Zelda which I am not going to buy a system for one game. SO I will personally will be waiting to see the third party support for this system and what new features Nintendo will put on this new system.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. OrbitMonkey

    I wonder it’ll be a “multimedia hub” like the ps3/360, or a dedicated games console with online capabilities? I’m also wondering If their multiplayer will still rely on friend codes…. how does that work anyway?

    #53 4 years ago
  54. hitnrun

    Well, even if the big 3rd parties do what they always do and develop for the weakest system, it’s still a pretty big deal for Nintendo to have the frontrunner, since they will be developing to the system’s potential. I mean, I happen to think Mario peaked 15 years ago and Zelda even earlier, but many people still rabidly follow these franchises.

    Plus you throw in Wii functionality (by reputation, obviously; PS3 and 360 have since caught up) and the cutting-edge 3rd parties willing to service the hot new sexiness, and you could have a recipe for success.

    The two uncertain elements are the sluggish economy (any reasonable price for a next-gen system is going to be much higher than Americans will want to spend) and the 6 Billion Dollar Question: how many of those Wii buyers that suddenly swamped our hobby in 2006 will be interested in, or even conscious of, a new Nintendo console? Will they even consider buying the new system, or was the Wii really just an expensive George Foreman Grill?

    #54 4 years ago
  55. MushroomStamp

    Will be called the WiiWii :)

    #55 4 years ago
  56. lexph3re

    Come on d*ckstamp wiiwii isn’t even marketable. Now the WiiNii that’s a winner. Nii=2 in japanese

    #56 4 years ago
  57. Erthazus

    @56, so Wiener?


    #57 4 years ago
  58. lexph3re

    Lol you got it erth

    #58 4 years ago
  59. Epic Fool

    “I wonder it’ll be a “multimedia hub” like the ps3/360, or a dedicated games console with online capabilities?”

    Media hub… Man I’ve got plenty of those by now, and I just wanted a games console in the first place actually…

    *hugs GameCube again*

    #59 4 years ago
  60. Lounds

    it gonna have same GPU as my PC lol, but atlest it will be able to output at true 1080p

    #60 4 years ago
  61. Moonwalker1982

    Is the news about it being more powerful than 360 and PS3 confirmed? Not that it would be surprising, cause it should. Actually it should be MUCH more powerful than that, but oh well.

    I just hope Nintendo realizes now that there are still lots of hardcore gamers. Sure…gives us the awesome as usual Mario games and Donkey Kong too. And please give us a new Zelda and not with that cartoony Skyward Sword look, but also give us some other great games that have nothing to do with those dancing games or fitness games. Great games…like SNES had loads of.

    #61 4 years ago
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    #62 4 years ago
  63. frostquake

    I expect it to be at least on par with the Xbox 360.

    This could also put a Hamper on the NGP! Pretty smart of Nintendo to compete with the dollars, even if it is Hand-Held Dollars.

    The NGP better get established quick, and have quite a few more then 4-5 titles at launch!

    Because if the NGP is close to the Price of Next Gen Wii…most families will buy the Wii 2 instead of the NGP.

    It is easier to share a New Wii 2 with the Whole Family then it is for the Entire Family to share 1 Hand-Held. And you sure are not going to buy 3-4 NGP’s for one family when 1 Wii 2 will cover the whole family!

    Would have liked to see the NGP come out this March and have a good year on the Wii 2, but alas, this is not to be.

    The NGP could suffer the same fate as the PSP 1 if they don’t have a HUGE STRONG LIBRARY!!! in which the PSP 1 suffered from greatly!!

    Pretty smart of Nintendo to release the Wii 2 around the same time as the NGP!

    #63 4 years ago

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