Rumor: Nintendo to Unveil New Hardware at E3 - Update

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Rumor: Nintendo to Unveil New Hardware at E3 - Update

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Multiple sources have allegedly leaked that Nintendo is set to reveal a new hardware at this year's E3, and games compatible with the hardware will supposedly be playable on the show floor.

Update: Issuing a statement to Eurogamer, Nintendo has said, "we definitely aren't announcing hardware at this year's E3." So there you have it, folks. Don't expect any new hardware from Nintendo come this June. Unless of course this is a ruse on the company's part, in which case, discuss and speculate away!

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Those anticipating a "megaton" at this year's E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) might find something more than they bargained for. According to multiple reports, Nintendo will unveil a new hardware at this year's show. In the latest episode of IGN's Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN editor Jose Otero states, "We've heard rumors that Nintendo might be showing hardware at E3." The rumblings were further corroborated by IGN's Peer Schneider who claims, "They're absolutely going to show new hardware this year...No doubt in my mind that something... 'Cause I've heard from multiple people now. I've heard from someone who used to be at Nintendo, I've heard it from somebody on the third-party front."

If that wasn't enough to get Nintendo fans talking, Videogamer has also said the same thing and the info comes from a "third-party" publishing source. The report adds that "Games compatible with the hardware will also be playable at the show." No word yet on official system specs, what it will be called or when it will be released, though. But it's reported that this new hardware will be composed of two parts: a "Fusion DS" and a "Fusion Terminal," and will be a direct successor to Nintendo's struggling Wii U console.

However, don't go forsaking the Wii U just yet. Over on NeoGAF, IGN's Jose Otero has posted a rather lengthy reply as to why they didn't publish the story in the first place. You can check Otero's entire forum post below.

Hi! I left the message below on the news story linked in the OP, but I figured I should leave it here as well:

I understand why someone would consider what we discussed newsworthy, but this story completely ignores an important piece of context: We didn't trust these sources enough to run a story on IGN.

It's a conversation, and sometimes we get carried away. Peer did make the above argument, but we also framed the discussion around the context that we weren't sure. Unfortunately, the author made no effort to convey that in his news story.

If we believed what we'd heard, you wouldn't have found out about it on another site. We would have run that story ourselves. Just food for thought.

I don't blame anyone for running with it, but omitting that context from the story is pretty shady. Again, I get it. But I'm here to tell you the discussion wasn't as simple as "this is for real, guys!"

When asked for a statement, Nintendo representatives said that it does not comment or rumors or speculations, which could either mean the story's real, or a few sources have been given wrong info. Bear in mind that this is still a rumor and should be treated as such. But with multiple sources saying the same thing, don't be surprised if Nintendo unleashes a new hardware come this June. It's also important to note that "new hardware" could mean anything from a new controller peripheral to a new console altogether. Perhaps a redesign of the Wii U or a new add-on? Your guess is as good as mine at this point. For those curious whether there will be an announcement or not, Nintendo won't actually be holding a press conference at this year's show, and will instead be hosting a live-stream of what they have to offer on June 10.

Do you believe Nintendo will announce a new hardware at this year's show or will it be too soon given that the Wii U was just released in 2012? And if an announcement does happen, what will be the fate of the Wii U? Will it then be safe to say that the console has already failed?

Source: IGN, GameRevolution, Videogamer, NeoGAF

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Wouldn't the reveal of new hardware necessitate some type of conference though? So either this is totally false, or Nintendo is simply not going to reveal it at E3, but at their own conference sometime later this year.

Either way, this does seem like a lot of smoke. And I'm sure Nintendo's not so dumb to keep pouring money in a sinking ship.

Casual Shinji:
Wouldn't the reveal of new hardware necessitate some type of conference though? So either this is totally false, or Nintendo is simply not going to reveal it at E3, but at their own conference sometime later this year.

Either way, this does seem like a lot of smoke. And I'm sure Nintendo's not so dumb to keep pouring money in a sinking ship.

Nintendo is doing a live-stream so it's like a conference. xD I'm hoping it's not true. It would piss a lot of Wii U owners off. Although, it could be a new revision of it, or maybe a new 3DS version?

Alex Co:

Casual Shinji:
Wouldn't the reveal of new hardware necessitate some type of conference though? So either this is totally false, or Nintendo is simply not going to reveal it at E3, but at their own conference sometime later this year.

Either way, this does seem like a lot of smoke. And I'm sure Nintendo's not so dumb to keep pouring money in a sinking ship.

Nintendo is doing a live-stream so it's like a conference. xD I'm hoping it's not true. It would piss a lot of Wii U owners off. Although, it could be a new revision of it, or maybe a new 3DS version?

But will a live stream bring in the mainstream media as much as it would on E3? Not that I'm an expert on live streams.

Maybe they're going for some sort of hybrid handheld/console that ties into the Wii-U somehow. Nintendo can't keep going the way it is now with the Wii-U, but it can't cut their losses and ditch it either. So I'm actually quite intrigued by what they'll be presenting.

VITALITY SENSOR!

Nintendo may well introduce a new wobble board or fiddle sticks. There's absolutely no way they're introducing a more high-powered console and nothing they've said suggests it's even an option they're considering. They're half a decade behind Sony and Microsoft now, they couldn't catch up. They've given over trying to sell games to us and now they're trying to attract all the people who thought the Wii Fit actually made you fit.

well a new handheld is probably due...but a new console would be about 3 years early...

Nintendo aren't on the same "console generations are 10+ years now mmmmkay" page as Microsoft and sony (MS started that idea and sony fell in with it) and are basically still working on the far more traditional 5-6 year turnaround so there was always gonna be a new Nintendo console coming out midway through the "generation" that has just supposedly started...in about 2017..ish...

anyway ye...handheld is maybe kinda due...DS is a decade old now (which means its lasted slightly longer than the GBA) and is showing its age against sonys handhelds and phones...but console hardware would be early.

basically if there's a shred of truth to this i'd expect a new handheld more than anything else.

BrotherRool:
They're half a decade behind Sony and Microsoft now

kinda weird to consider things made of out of date PC parts at launch to be ahead of anything tbth...

Nintendos next console will be out by mid way through this generation and just like MS and sonys new offerings atm will be made of PC parts "mid range" (or thereabouts) at the time.

so basically there is very little gloating room in the "behind/ahead" respect.

unless you're talking about markets...in which case...*nope*...because Nintendo isn't even really in the same market as MS and sony...it overlaps in parts...but Nintendo basically has the kids (that we all once were ;) ) completely to itself while MS and sony squabble over the teens and up...

My money's on that "Quality of Life" doodah that they've been talking about, if these rumours are true.

Andy Shandy:
My money's on that "Quality of Life" doodah that they've been talking about, if these rumours are true.

Stop being so logical.

Yeah, if there's new hardware to be unveiled, it's most likely a peripheral. Barring that, maybe the next step in their portable line. Either a new variation of the 3DS (i.e. like the XL or 2DS) or just the next leap. (i.e. like DS --> 3DS.)

No way they're abandoning the WiiU.

Alex Co:
'Cause I've heard from multiple people now. I've heard from someone who used to be at Nintendo, I've heard it from somebody on the third-party front.'

I thought this was a parody quote at first, sounds like something a kid would say when they've been accused of lying.

Jumwa:
No way they're abandoning the WiiU.

could be a hardware relaunch/semi upgrade maybe with a new handheld having the ability to fulfil the Wii Us touchscreens role and the new console reattaining backwards compatibility while not having the touchcreen controller as standard/required kit...

that would cover all the bases...

*strokes chin*

the Wii U hardware launch was frankly fucking terrible to the point most people coming away from it basically thought the controller was the console...so "a relaunch"/new hardware iteration maybe would make a lot of sense from a suits pov...

the basic console...by which i mean this ofc:

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is actually quite decent kit...

....even in comparison with the more recent xbone and PS4.

Sleekit:

is actually quite decent kit...

It is, and launching a new variation of the console is a possibility. Though anyone expecting something drastic is barking up the wrong tree.

If I had to make a guess I'd go with a DS successor. It has been around for a good long time now so something new that can interface with the Wii U in maybe the same way the PS3/4/Vita do would be a thought.

Unless they have decided to write off the Wii U and have something entirely different ready to be revealed. That could be quite exciting.

I understand why someone would consider what we discussed newsworthy, but this story completely ignores an important piece of context: We didn't trust these sources enough to run a story on IGN.

It's a conversation, and sometimes we get carried away. Peer did make the above argument, but we also framed the discussion around the context that we weren't sure.

Really, because that doesn't really agree with this bit that Schneider said.

The rumblings were further corroborated by IGN's Peer Schneider who claims, "They're absolutely going to show new hardware this year...No doubt in my mind that something...

So they have no doubt that Nintendo are showing new hardware! But they don't trust the sources. It's absolutely going to happen! Except they don't want to put it in a news article. I bet they are super cereal.

Captcha: somebody that i used to know. Captcha identifies the most reliable news source after 'some guy at the pub'.

If they are showing hardware it's probably nothing amazing, even though the WiiU isn't the most healthy of Nintendo's children I don't think they would abandon it so soon.

well with the consoles (all 3 of them now) basically being "consumer form factor PCs" it would actually be quite easy to "shove some more under the hood" and retain backwards compatibility.

so there's no real need to "write off the Wii U"...in the traditional sense...

...and Nintendo always intended to publish some games going forward that would actually run on both Wii and Wii U (which leverages the Wiis huge demographic busting "install base") and while most of them would be the kind of things "srs gamers" might not be interested in (i think we all know the kind of stuff im talking about here) there were some interesting games going that route (the Dragon Quest MMO for example).

Well WiiU isnīt selling anyway and pmost people who brought it will buy the WiiUforget anyway. Its still a slap in the face somehow but the console will not see the light of day before next year so the slap is rather mild

The source of this rumor is "I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who played a Nintendo game back in 1987" and "My dad works at Nintendo".
It's literally THAT kid on the playground who was lying all the time and everyone knew it.

Aside from criticizing Valve for no quality control on Steam, maybe Escapist should also try some quality control for once.

What is this now, the tenth time its been rumoured they're going to unveil the Fusion? lol

It obviously isn't a succesor to the WiiU, they can't develop a new console in 2 years (Or even less as they would have to realize that the WiiU wasn't doing well) it would be ridiculous to even think that. My bet is either a new model of the WiiU or somekind of VR peripheral.

Aside from that, the sources are pretty damn shady, i'm not even sure why gaming sites keeps following up in rumours like this, considering how easy they are to fabricate :p.

Sleekit:
well a new handheld is probably due...but a new console would be about 3 years early...

Nintendo aren't on the same "console generations are 10+ years now mmmmkay" page as Microsoft and sony (MS started that idea and sony fell in with it) and are basically still working on the far more traditional 5-6 year turnaround so there was always gonna be a new Nintendo console coming out midway through the "generation" that has just supposedly started...in about 2017..ish...

anyway ye...handheld is maybe kinda due...DS is a decade old now (which means its lasted slightly longer than the GBA) and is showing its age against sonys handhelds and phones...but console hardware would be early.

basically if there's a shred of truth to this i'd expect a new handheld more than anything else.

BrotherRool:
They're half a decade behind Sony and Microsoft now

kinda weird to consider things made of out of date PC parts at launch to be ahead of anything tbth...

Nintendos next console will be out by mid way through this generation and just like MS and sonys new offerings atm will be made of PC parts "mid range" (or thereabouts) at the time.

so basically there is very little gloating room in the "behind/ahead" respect.

unless you're talking about markets...in which case...*nope*...because Nintendo isn't even really in the same market as MS and sony...it overlaps in parts...but Nintendo basically has the kids (that we all once were ;) ) completely to itself while MS and sony squabble over the teens and up...

They just released the 3DS and it has barely started it's life on the market, i highly doubt they are going to replace it now that it's starting to make them money.

MrBaskerville:

They just released the 3DS and it has barely started it's life on the market, i highly doubt they are going to replace it now that it's starting to make them money.

It's Nintendo, they made a new version of the DS every 2-3 years. Probably the next version of the 3DS.

OP:Or probably a version of the Wii U that doesn't come with the tablet conrtoller that's barely being used in the software.

Or peripherals.

And that's if this rumour is true. Nintendo needs software right now though, not more stuff for people to buy with no games to play on it. We've got enough of that going on as it is.

My guess/hope would be a new WiiU revision without the stupid tablet-gamepad-thing a proper hard drive of 250 - 500 GB with a lower price, they will probably have their fitness thing there but I doubt it's anything more than a peripheral to the 3DS.

AzrealMaximillion:

MrBaskerville:

They just released the 3DS and it has barely started it's life on the market, i highly doubt they are going to replace it now that it's starting to make them money.

It's Nintendo, they made a new version of the DS every 2-3 years. Probably the next version of the 3DS.

OP:Or probably a version of the Wii U that doesn't come with the tablet conrtoller that's barely being used in the software.

Or peripherals.

And that's if this rumour is true. Nintendo needs software right now though, not more stuff for people to buy with no games to play on it. We've got enough of that going on as it is.

True, but thatīs iterations and not entirely new hardware that needs its own library of games. I find it hard to believe that they would release a succesor to the 3Ds so soon.

I doubt it'll be an entirely new home console, the Wii-U's just a storm that Nintendo's going to have to ride out for a couple more years, plus it'll be too early in the next console's development to wheel one out on show (with its own library of games, no less).

And the 3DS is still going strong, so I can't see Nintendo being too keen to replace that any time soon.

Perhaps a new "third pillar" unit (like the DS was to the GBA and GC), or some kind of relaunch of the Wii-U?

Of course, if I were off in Cloud Cuckoo Land, I'd start dreaming of a Nintendo-branded mobile phone...

AzrealMaximillion:

MrBaskerville:

They just released the 3DS and it has barely started it's life on the market, i highly doubt they are going to replace it now that it's starting to make them money.

It's Nintendo, they made a new version of the DS every 2-3 years. Probably the next version of the 3DS.

Ding ding ding!!!!!

We have a winner. If there is new hardware, I would bet on a 3DS with dual analog sticks. Or at least the dual analog attachment for the 3DS XL. It desperately cries for it at night.

BrotherRool:
VITALITY SENSOR!

Nintendo may well introduce a new wobble board or fiddle sticks. There's absolutely no way they're introducing a more high-powered console and nothing they've said suggests it's even an option they're considering. They're half a decade behind Sony and Microsoft now, they couldn't catch up. They've given over trying to sell games to us and now they're trying to attract all the people who thought the Wii Fit actually made you fit.

The vitality sensor is the first thing i thought of too XD

I don't understand the mindset of a Nintendo fan, they've been on a downwards trajectory for the better part of a decade now. Why do people assume Nintendo was anything but astoundingly lucky with the Wii and has completely lost the capability to be in touch with the gaming market in 2014. They live in Nintendo fantasy land where its still 1998 and they are still creating games that push the medium forward.

You're right the Wii thing wasn't just fluke, it was a fluke that should be ignored for happening.

Scrumpmonkey:

BrotherRool:
VITALITY SENSOR!

Nintendo may well introduce a new wobble board or fiddle sticks. There's absolutely no way they're introducing a more high-powered console and nothing they've said suggests it's even an option they're considering. They're half a decade behind Sony and Microsoft now, they couldn't catch up. They've given over trying to sell games to us and now they're trying to attract all the people who thought the Wii Fit actually made you fit.

The vitality sensor is the first thing i thought of too XD

I don't understand the mindset of a Nintendo fan, they've been on a downwards trajectory for the better part of a decade now. Why do people assume Nintendo was anything but astoundingly lucky with the Wii and has completely lost the capability to be in touch with the gaming market in 2014. They live in Nintendo fantasy land where its still 1998 and they are still creating games that push the medium forward.

Your profile pic wins =D The thing I don't get about Nintendo fans is when people are talking about how Nintendo doesn't offer them anything anymore and the response is 'they're financially stable' or 'they've got a real insight into selling games devices to old people's homes.'

I mean that's cool and all, but my happiness doesn't depend on the business acumen of companies who don't employ me. If the answer to Nintendo sucking is that they can sell things to non-gamers it still means Nintendo sucks for gamers. If Sony dumped all their decent games but sold really decent batteries, that wouldn't make Sony a good gaming company.

Good for Nintendo if they can trick people into thinking standing on a board can substitute for an hour of heavy physical exercise but if they're not making games I care about, then why should I care about them?

Scrumpmonkey:
*snip*
...and they are still creating games that push the medium forward.

While I have to agree that they are mostly out of touch as far as technology goes, this is where you're dead wrong.
They are pushing the medium forward with their games. Just because you don't like those games doesn't mean they aren't pushing things forward. Mario Galaxy did more for the platformer genre than any Sony or MS IP did to any genre. Galaxy 2 took Galaxy one and improved on it.
Skyward Sword which had it's own problems had the awesome 1on1 sword fighting. Playing some games with swords afterwards made me realize just how awesome some of them would be with such motion controls. For example MGR's slowmo cutting would be perfect with such controls. Countering in the game would be like 20 times better and would feel more rewarding with them.
Pikmin 3 is a genre on it's own. Metroid is one of the father's of metroidvania.
Mario Kart is still considered unrivaled in kart racer. Wii Sports created a HUGE surge of such games. You want to tell me that's not pushing the medium?
Whether you like it or not doesn't change the reality. And Nintendo being still relevant as far as game design goes is the reality.

I have mixed feelings on this. While I don't think the Wii U is going to sell well, and may even fall into the Nintendo console trend and sell less than all previous consoles (not that it's hard to sell less than the Wii, it is one of the all time highest selling consoles), I don't like the idea of them abandoning it, either. But, they need to do something, so maybe a new console could be what the doctor ordered.

Honestly, I'm skeptical on this. Even if they new release new hardware, I suspect it's a new version of the 3DS or some peripheral. I highly doubt it's a new console. Not unless they were already developing it before the Wii U even launched.

Scrumpmonkey:

BrotherRool:
VITALITY SENSOR!

Nintendo may well introduce a new wobble board or fiddle sticks. There's absolutely no way they're introducing a more high-powered console and nothing they've said suggests it's even an option they're considering. They're half a decade behind Sony and Microsoft now, they couldn't catch up. They've given over trying to sell games to us and now they're trying to attract all the people who thought the Wii Fit actually made you fit.

The vitality sensor is the first thing i thought of too XD

I don't understand the mindset of a Nintendo fan, they've been on a downwards trajectory for the better part of a decade now. Why do people assume Nintendo was anything but astoundingly lucky with the Wii and has completely lost the capability to be in touch with the gaming market in 2014. They live in Nintendo fantasy land where its still 1998 and they are still creating games that push the medium forward.

Man, I can wait to see the responses you get from the NDF. Those guys snap if you merely imply that Nintendo consoles have sold less with each iteration, other than the Wii. Or suggest that maybe, possibly, there is room to think that the Wii U may not have been a good idea. Or in any way impune Nintendo. And don't you dare be wrong about whether Nintendo has released more than one Pokemon Stadium game hater.
(I'm speaking from person experience on that last one. I've been called a hater for not realizing that Nintendo released a second Pokemon Stadium game.)

Also, I miss your old avatar.

If its a new console, I am done with Nintendo. I was willing to accept less 3rd party support, but this short a lifespan would be the end for me.

Now an adapter to play 2DS games on the Wii U controller, count me in.

The Wii U needs a boost through an advertising campaighn

I think it will be a system update. If its a 1.5 or more casual wider appeal console release... I'll accept it. Too many KS projects are coming to the WiiU for me to consider it a failure, I knew going in this generation PC would be "best" for 3rd party support and this won't stop the coming of Zelda, Mario, and etc.

'New hardware' is pretty vague.

That could be a new color of the Wii-U pad when you get down to it.

Even at the high end, I'd wager some upgrade on the 3ds or something. They keep making a new version of the DS constantly.

Well, given the current stories of Nintendo expanding their product line to include health-related items, the new hardware could very well be linked to that theme. They don't have much of a reason to announce any kind of 3ds successor and the only thing that comes to mind with the Wii U is that they need to creatively rename it. I'm actually thinking of buying a Wii U simply because Nintendo is still the king of get-together party games everyone can enjoy (Mario Party, Mario Golf, Mario Kart, etc), it's just the slow adoption of the console is making it more of a "Buy with a PS4" rather than "buy instead of a..." kind of situation.

Now if only Sony could stop faffing around and get their full backlog of PS One and PS2 classics onto the PS Vita. That handheld needs it badly.

FoolKiller:

AzrealMaximillion:

MrBaskerville:

They just released the 3DS and it has barely started it's life on the market, i highly doubt they are going to replace it now that it's starting to make them money.

It's Nintendo, they made a new version of the DS every 2-3 years. Probably the next version of the 3DS.

Ding ding ding!!!!!

We have a winner. If there is new hardware, I would bet on a 3DS with dual analog sticks. Or at least the dual analog attachment for the 3DS XL. It desperately cries for it at night.

[ahem]

http://tinyurl.com/p2jkyp6

Kmadden2004:

FoolKiller:

AzrealMaximillion:

It's Nintendo, they made a new version of the DS every 2-3 years. Probably the next version of the 3DS.

Ding ding ding!!!!!

We have a winner. If there is new hardware, I would bet on a 3DS with dual analog sticks. Or at least the dual analog attachment for the 3DS XL. It desperately cries for it at night.

[ahem]

http://tinyurl.com/p2jkyp6

Yes. I know. You know where you can't find it. Any store in Canada. And if its not there, then its likely not in a US store either. I still like retail.

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