New Nintendo Console Debuting At E3 This June, Launching In 2012, More Powerful Than Xbox 360 and PS3

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Nintendo's next console will debut at E3 in June, moving the maker of Mario and Zelda into the HD era. The news, first reported by Game Informer who cited anonymous sources in their report today, confirms rumors that have been swirling for months in the wake of slowing game releases from Nintendo.

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Furthermore, we've heard that the machine will be more powerful than current-gen systems, meaning Nintendo, currently backing a Wii that is weaker in horsepower than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, will be showing a new console that is more powerful than those current competitors.

We've asked Nintendo for comment and will let you know if they shock us and spill the beans. Update: Nintendo responded to our inquiry with a standard "Nintendo does not comment on rumor or speculation".

E3 kicks off on June 7, though Nintendo's E3 press conference may occur the day before, if tradition holds.

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DISCUSSION

They are NOT going to release a new console at this stage in the game. That is bullshit.

I don't care WHO'S reporting these rumors. IGN, GameInformer, or the New York Times.

Wii sales are STILL strong & if they prematurely cut the life of this console short now, it's gonna bite them in the ass.

They are not guaranteed to carry over the same base who bought the Wii to Wii's supposed successor. And power means nothing. That's why Wii cleans the floor with its HD rivals forcing them to transform THEIR consoles & their ENTIRE market strategy. How Wii-esque were those introductions of Move & Kinect?

This would be a loss of leadership from Nintendo to do something so predictable & reactionary. The generation is going extra innings & if they release right now, they'll only be put in the same position in a few years when Sony & Microsoft put out even MORE powerful hardware.

Wii was supposed to be the end of the power argument & I expect Wii's eventual but FAR OFF successor to do something unprecedented in consoles. A simple little HD upgrade & increased power ain't enough.

I call bullshit on this rumor despite Kotaku reporting it as absolute fact.

John Lucas