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Game Informer’s news post regarding the next Nintendo console has sparked a ton of buzz. But the article contained a number of uncertainties, such as the system’s graphical capabilities. While everything is still unconfirmed, many additional articles around the web indicate that the power of “Wii HD” (let’s just call it that for now) will indeed surpass the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360:

“Furthermore, we’ve heard that the machine will be more powerful than current-gen systems, meaning Nintendo, currently backing a Wii that is weaker in horsepower than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, will be showing a new console that is more powerful than those current competitors.” – Kotaku article

“Our sources have said the the console is significantly more powerful than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and that Nintendo’s intent is to recapture the hardcore market.” – IGN article

IGN’s article contains other interesting nuggets. Apparently the company will distribute a press release this month – confirming the rumors – and will fully unveil the console in June. IGN also notes that the console will be backwards compatible with the Wii and will support 1080p resolutions.

Moving on, there is quite an interesting article on 01Net. The site’s source leaked NGP specs prior to the handheld’s reveal, which gives the publication some credibility. Like IGN and Kotaku, 01Net has also discussed the Wii HD’s power, noting that it is on par with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Even more interesting, however, is that the system will feature a “very original” controller – and it doesn’t sound like it will be similar to the Wii remote or Kinect. 01Net additionally believes an announcement will come at E3.

Last but not least, the E3 Twitter account has posted a very interesting message on their Twitter account. Make of it what you will…

“Could it be? Tune in June 7th and see….”

I doubt that they truly know what Nintendo has in store… but you never know!

Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4

We’re still about two months away from E3, but rumor has it that Nintendo is preparing for a new home console announcement at this year’s E3. Although additional speculation is expected to arrive for the next few months, keep in mind that nothing will be confirmed (or denied) until June. This rumor has a bit more validity than your typical gossip since numerous sources have apparently confirmed information about the system. Still, take the following details with a big grain of salt for now…

– Can run games at HD resolutions
– Conflicting reports about its graphical capabilities (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 level graphics or not)
– Competitive specifications
– Nintendo already showing publishers the console to generate interest and to allow for development
– Late 2012 release
– Anonymous source: “Nintendo is doing this one right. [It’s] not a gimmick like the Wii.”
– Unclear if it will be backwards compatible with Wii software
– Unclear if it will carry the “Wii” name
– Nintendo not commenting on the speculation or their E3 plans, but said “stay tuned”