Expectations that Nintendo will unveil a new Wii at the E3 conference in June leapt today with a report from Game Informer, saying it has “confirmed with multiple sources” the high-def Wii is coming soon.
Maybe those sources are game publishers. An excerpt from the piece:
In fact, Nintendo is already showing publishers the system in an effort to get them interested and allow them plenty of time to start developing titles in anticipation of the system’s reported late 2012 launch. This advance support marks a change from when the Wii launched. At that time, several Western publishers were outright surprised by the announcement, and it affected the software support for the platform.
Nintendo declined to comment.
The story also talks about how a high-def Wii will/would likely bring more triple A, hardcore games to Nintendo’s console.
Full definition would also give the Wii parity with all the other set-top devices that stream and rent video nowadays. Netflix works well with the current Wii but only in standard definition.
It follows a report earlier this week that the price of the current Wii may drop to $150 on May 15, which is a pretty big hint that its replacement is coming soon.
I touched on the potential for a new Wii in my review of Nintendo’s 3DS. My guess is there will be lots of ways to pair a 3DS with the new Wii, which may even have 3-D output.