Report: Nintendo to unveil high-def console at E3
posted on 04.14.11 at 08:12 PM EST by (@salromano)

Nintendo is preparing to reveal their first step into the high-definition console market between now and E3 2011, multiple sources have revealed.

The console will sport an all-new controller, complete with a built-in high-definition screen. Though, it’s unclear what the screen will be used for.

“The hardware is even more powerful than current HD consoles and backwards compatible with Wii,” a source told CVG. “The controller will be all-new and has a HD screen on it.”

“Nintendo’s plans sound unreal,” another source told the site. “Publishers are already planning launch titles and it’s all very exciting.”

According to a source of IGN.com, the new Nintendo console will be “significantly more powerful than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360″, can do 1080p, and is “Nintendo’s intent to recapture the hardcore market.” A Kotaku source has backed these statements.

The pre-announcement of the console is planned for sometime this month and a full reveal for E3 in June, according to a source of Game Informer.

“Nintendo is doing this one right,” an anonymous source told Game Informer. “[It’s] not a gimmick like the Wii.”

The multiple reports across various respected publications point towards legitimacy in this ‘high-def Nintendo console’ case.

If the company were to enter the high-definition market, it could allow for ‘hardcore’ games like Bulletstorm, Portal, Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto and Fallout to release on a Nintendo platform.

Nintendo HD, as we’re dubbing it, will launch in late 2012.

  • http://gematsu.com/members/admin/ Sal Romano

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  • GAMEMASTER

    the new Nintendo console will be “significantly more powerful than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360″ Thats crazy if its true. I would def buy it. Now im hyped, cant wait.

    • gold163

      Considering that those two consoles have been out for some time now, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was true.

  • gold163

    Wait a minute, so it has a controller with a built-in high definition screen… And you expect me to believe that’s NOT a gimmick? How the hell much are the individual controllers going to cost?

    Color me interested. I want to see how this one turns out.

  • Kurai Warrior

    Omg…it sounds to good to be true….I’ll wait and see before I get too excited.
    Another thing I’m gonna be hesitant about is the starting price, I don’t think I’ll even have one of these things for a while. >_>

  • Zero

    I must admit, I was very surprised to see this announced. Last year I was pretty dead set on an HD version of the Wii being release from Nintendo. After they announced the 3DS, I backed off of that belief somewhat, and didn’t expect them to do anything until 2012.

    This is very exciting news, and could be the answer to Nintendo’s software struggles with 3rd parties. Of course, price, software available at launch, and hardware specs will all play a big part.

    Could this possibly be a response to underwhelming 3DS sales in Japan? They haven’t been terrible, but in comparison to past versions of the DS, and even the PSP, they have been disappointing for Nintendo, I’m sure. With the NGP coming out down the road, perhaps they are looking to go all out with a new console, rather than focus on the portable audience?

    This is all speculation, but does make E3 even more exciting! Nintendo will surely have a chance to top what they did last year.

  • http://www.espadakiller.wordpress.com EspadaKiller

    Hmm by the time they release it the PS3 might drop to 200USD and the NGP may be out by then.

    But i am still interested to see what Nintendo can offer though. Price and the game lineup is the most important i guess~

  • AdamBoy64

    All rumours at this stage.. but I’m looking forward to what E3 brings.

  • http://www.youtube.com/tezchi TezChi

    This does sound pretty snazzy, I’ll admit. Nintendo seem to be having plenty of ideas lately and seeing as I’m loving the 3DS, I have faith in this new system.

    I know nothing is set in stone so far, but I feel this years E3 is going to be massive!

  • Noctis

    I think its a little bit too early
    but we will see

  • FinalFantasy_fangirl

    If true I hope its the console that brings the jrpgs!!!

    • http://gematsu.com/members/admin/ Sal Romano

      I’m down with any HD JRPG. So little of ‘em.

      • Kurai Warrior

        I’ve been waiting for more awesome HD JRPGs for so long. SE is moving at the slowest pace in the world so I can’t expect it from them. Plus their recent games havn’t been so great anyways.
        I am actually very excited because there are MANY awesome possibilities for an HD Nintendo console. I just hope it comes with a larger and more awesome library. Like the Nintendo 64 days. God those were good days.