Will it Undercut Wii U? 3DS? Both?
We are approaching the time ahead of E3 where rumors run rampant, and today, a doozy of a report has surfaced: Nintendo is allegedly planning to show new hardware at this year’s show.
The chatter originally on a Nintendo themed podcast with IGN staffer Jose Otero. Otero noted in the Podcast he has heard talk.
“We’ve heard rumors that Nintendo might be showing hardware at E3,” Otero said, to which the Podcast co-founder agreed.
“They’re absolutely going to show new hardware this year,” said Peer Schneider. “No doubt in my mind that something… ‘Cause I’ve heard from multiple people now. I’ve heard from someone who used to be at Nintendo; I’ve heard it from somebody on the third-party front.”
Just because it’s believed new hardware is coming from Nintendo does not necessarily mean it would be entirely new hardware. The item could be a slight or major revision to existing hardware, such as the 3DS or Wii U. The 3DS, of course, has received a recent revision in the form of the 2DS. The Wii U, on the other hand, could receive a slimmer, cheaper option or another kind of revision. Certainly any kind of completely new hardware, be it home or handheld, could immediately grind to a halt any current momentum and potentially damaging sales potentials for future games significantly, including and the Sonic Boom and the new Super Smash Bros.
The good news is that these reports creep up all the time ahead of E3, and more often than not, they don’t verify. But considering the state of the Wii U in particular, it’s something we need to watch. So we’ll file this under Rumor, but we don’t believe it’s worth concern just yet.