What They Play is reporting that according to multiple sources in the game development and publishing community, Nintendo is already hard at work creating the successor to the Wii, that is being called “Wii HD” for now. The new system is supposed to add high definition support and should keep the Wii name in some form.
The transition to the new system is also being compared to the switch from Game Boy to Game Boy Advance. This mean that the new system will still keep key features, probably the motion sensing controllers, but the main system will become more powerful. They also feel that the next system from Nintendo will continue to be backwards compatible based on the information they found about the IBM and AMD joint development agreement that expires in 2011.
Nintendo’s research and development spending based on Nintendo’s annual report is ten times what it was five years ago. This also leads to the speculation that something big is being work on inside the walls of Nintendo. Some of this spending may also be related to the rumored New Nintendo DS being announced soon.
None of this information is that far fetched, since we all know Nintendo is working probably working on a new system, but these are the first details about it that we have heard about. What They Play also feels that Nintendo will continue to keep the attitude that they don’t need to have the most powerful hardware to compete in the video game wars. But, they did state that the new system will have a focus on digital distribution and this leads them to believe that Wii HD will also have a hard drive or large flash memory inside.
Lastly, Nintendo has also emphasized again that what the consumer holds in their hands to control the system is very important rather than the console itself.
What do you think of this news? Would it be a surprise if Nintendo brought out a new system a little over 2 years from now? What features would you like to see improved or added to the Wii HD when it does arrive?
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