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Developers are already working on a "new Nintendo platform" ahead of a possible reveal at this year's Game Developers Conference, an industry source has told

Earlier this morning we were contacted by an employee at a major international publisher with the following information:

"Just heard a rumour that you may be interested in: Nintendo are going to announce a new platform at GDC. Some devs have already started work on it."

Our contact had no further information about whether the new platform was a handheld, home console or something else. The source also stated that he was sure of the platform's existence, but that the GDC launch was a less certain possibility.

Speculation about Nintendo's next platform has been rife from as early as 2008. However, in recent weeks top Nintendo executives have been quoted discussing the Japanese company's next move.

“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’,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told investors during a Q&A session translated by Andriasang.

“If there were no rival makers in the world, I could give examples of the things that we are considering," Iwata said.

"However, for competitive reasons, I cannot give specifics today on the what or when of the things we're considering.”

When contacted for comment, a Nintendo spokesperson told "This is purely rumour and speculation."

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JimV's Avatar


I’d like to see Nintendo come out with a smartphone as long as they can position it differently from the DSi which is still wildly successful. It should have a large, “iphone like”, touch screen capable of navigating websites with a finger or stylus. For “retro” gameplay, the screen will slide up to reveal the controls, similar to the “PSP Go”. The phone would also be capable of texting, paying music and watching movies (just like most other phones on the market).

Nintendo would separate itself from other phones with the exclusive “Nintendo App Store”. It can be filled with vintage games, (like the Wii Virtural Console) and newer games developed through an open system (similar to Wii Ware). The store can be expanded to include music and movies with Nintendo keeping a percentage.
Posted 21:52 on 07 February 2010
David-Macphail's Avatar


I don't know about this. The Wii and the DS are both still selling really well, so announcing a successor this early would be counter - productive. It could be just another rehash of the DS (Like the DSI, DSI XL, DS Lite, etc) but other than that i call BS on this one.
Posted 13:16 on 04 February 2010
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Posted 10:58 on 04 February 2010
bugmenot84's Avatar


It's Nintendo Zii. Confirmed just now..
Posted 10:17 on 04 February 2010
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Posted 22:26 on 03 February 2010
MJTH's Avatar


There have been rumours about a new nintendo handheld console for months now, news about what hareware will be in it and whether it will be HD, it will probably that, I don't think nintendo want to take the wii of the market yet, there are still some casuals out there to be found yet, lurking in the shadows of gaming anonymity....
Posted 18:11 on 03 February 2010
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Woffls@ IndoorHeroes

Presumably not a multimedia device? I don't think Nintendo want to confuse their position within the market. It's a gaming system, so you either buy that or PSP.

I think it'd be pretty backwards of Nintendo to not have onboard flash storage. I imagine it's something they've wanted to do for a while and were waiting for ssd's to become more financially viable for their price point. It wont be a replacement for DSi, but just another pillar like PSP Go was (supposed to be), and I imagine it will be exclusively for DSi ware and awesome stuff like OMG having a universal Pokedex that's updated from ALL your Pokemon games and stored on the console's memory like an app :D hahhhh okay I want one already.

<edit> sorry if I upset anyone...
Posted 18:03 on 03 February 2010


The Dooms day arcade....
Posted 17:57 on 03 February 2010
Karlius's Avatar


My Guess the Nintendo Nuke. After releasing the ultimate console virus the Wii now Nintendo are going for the killer blow the Nuke.
Posted 17:39 on 03 February 2010
IndoorHeroes's Avatar


My guess = new portable system that accesses already existing Virtual Console. Probably with something like 16gigs HDD.

Apple are already making circa $75m a month off this model, stands to reason Nintendo would want to taste that digitally distributed pie.
Posted 17:36 on 03 February 2010
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Clockpunk@ cousinwalter

HD 3D...!
Posted 17:34 on 03 February 2010
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nintendo tablet that does 3d
Posted 17:33 on 03 February 2010
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