Rumor: Next Nintendo console to debut at E3 2011, may outpace 360, PS3

Having trouble remembering the last Wii game you bought? According to Kotaku and Game Informer, it might be because Nintendo is prepping to announce a brand-new console at this year's E3 2011 show in Los Angeles.

What is the big N up to?

Having trouble remembering the last Wii game you bought? According to Game Informer, it might be because Nintendo is prepping to announce a brand-new console at this year's E3 2011 show in Los Angeles.

But that's not where the rumor ends. Apparently the successor to the Wii will be an HD console capable of at least matching or even exceeding the current-generation performance of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

While such a machine would certainly be a departure from Nintendo's current place in the gaming market, we'd imagine it might eliminate some isolation the Wii experienced in the past when developers looked to create multiplatform games. Most titles found their way to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, not always the Wii.

A new console from Nintendo is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. While Microsoft and Sony have both been able to breath new life into their respective systems with products like Kinect and Move, the Wii has slowly come to a halt. And if the introduction of new add-ons hasn't been enough of a threat, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3's online and marketplace experiences have been superior since day one.

Specific details remain light, though the reported source claims the next system will see a late 2012 release. Will it feature motion controls? 3D? We'll just have to wait until early June to see when CNET will be reporting live from the Nintendo press conference and on the show floor at E3 2011.

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