Rumors have been going around for a while that Nintendo is already finalizing their successor to the Wii, with many calling it the "Wii HD". Patcher has been blabbing about for ages about how there will be a Wii HD unveiled the next year (although wrong every year), and even more important, a guy from Nintendo of France "leaking" the specs of the next Wii (from the same guy that leaked the CORRECT specs of the Wii itself before anyone else did).
Thanks to the latest in computer graphics, the long running emulator Dolphin finally became capable of running Gamecube and Wii games on a computer, in any screen resolution you want. But guys around the net have been noting that things you didn't notice on the Wii can now be visible thanks to the larger definition. Which is weird, because that shouldn't happen. If you make an SD game, no need to make a texture bigger than what can be shown from the resolution on a part of the game where you never get close to inspect in-game.
This has been noted on New Super Mario Bros. Wii:
Also notice the backgrounds. The mountains in the back include details not visible in 480p (like the Mario comic-book dots, usually only visible when you get close to a wall in Mario Galaxy), the bushes are also high res, the character models are incredibly detailed for objects that take up such a tiny part of a 480p screen. You can even see Mario's lips! The Goomba's eyes are incredibly sharp as well, which would only be seen as a small blot of pixels in 480p, also for the Koopa's shells.
So why is there so much detail when it is never used in the game?
A backwards-compatible Wii HD is in the works that can render Wii games in HD?
We are halfway thru the gen, heck, the 360 is already as old as the first Xbox was when it was replaced by it's HD successor. Consoles takes a long time to be developed (the Wii started development the day the Gamecube was launched), so the Wii's next gen brother might be starting to form, and Nintendo has some ideas for it's older games on the new system.
Or it could all be just a crazy conspiracy, and proof that gamers are totally nerds and I shouldn't listen to them....they told me that the PS3 would have seven player local multiplayer and that FF7 was getting remade for it.....