An anonymous source in the games industry has leaked that Nintendo plans to announce a new platform at this year's Games Developers Conference in March.
We all know that Nintendo has been working on a successor to the Wii. The console was incredibly successful and it pushed gaming into new directions but as we get deeper into this generation, its lack of graphics and processing power are becoming more evident. Rumors have swirled for years that Nintendo was going to release an HD compatable console sooner rather than later. Yesterday, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said that they would have to come out with something more robust than just an HD Wii:
If asked if making the Wii compatible with high definition -- just making it compatible with high resolution -- will get players throughout the world to buy it, I would of course say, 'Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new.'
We may learn about Nintendo's plans as early as this March, as an industry source told Videogamer.com that the Japanese company was planning on announcing it then.
"Just heard a rumour that you may be interested in," the anonymous source said. "Nintendo [is] going to announce a new platform at GDC. Some devs have already started work on it."
The choice of venue for such an announcement is interesting in itself. One thing the Wii has been criticized for is the lack of good third party games on the console. Perhaps by announcing the new console at the Game Developers Conference instead of at E3 will endear developers to the brand and get them on board making games for the new console earlier than they did with the Wii.
And according to the source, it appears that there is already people working on such games, even though it's unclear if the "devs" mentioned are from Nintendo-controlled studios or third parties.
It is also possible that the "new platform" could be an updated DS. Iwata mentioned both a new DS and a new Wii at an investors Q&A recently, but couldn't elaborate because he was afraid of leaking too much.
"If there were no rival makers in the world, I'd could give examples of the things that we are considering," he said. "However, for competitive reasons, I cannot give specifics today on the what or when of the things we're considering."