Nintendo only just recently launched new hardware. The Nintendo 3DS, successor to the Nintendo DS, is the next step in the company's ever growing and oh-so-popular line of portable gaming hardware. Most people would assume that the 3DS would be the company's current focus. However, if rumours are to be believed, the company could be on the verge of showing off something else; the successor to the Wii, and the next major home console.
The rumour comes from multiple sources, including Game Informer, Kotaku, IGN and a tweet from Kotaku journalist Jim Reilly.
According to this rumour, Nintendo plans to show off their next home console at E3 2011, or may even announce the system prior to the event just as they did with the Nintendo 3DS, and are targeting a launch in late 2012. In terms of hardware, reports are conflicting. While the system is all but confirmed to output at at least 720p, and quite probably 1080p, the raw hardware has been reported to both fall shy of the Xbox 360, and in some cases surpass the PlayStation 3. Typically of rumours, gossip from both ends of the spectrum makes it impossible to accurately pinpoint what is and isn't true.
Could this rumour be true? We'll find out at E3 2011.