Nintendo's Next Console Won't Arrive Before April 2012, Won't Be 3D

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Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -

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After confirming that we'll know what life is like after the Wii at E3 in June, Nintendo is beginning to talk a little bit more about their next console. Andriasang has translated reports from Bloomberg and Kyodo News, clarifying two pretty big question about the so-called Project Cafe: release date and 3D.

On the first point, Nintendo appears to have officially dismissed any rumors the next console would pull a surprise launch this year. The reason Nintendo has not included sales projects for Wii's successor in their financial projections, which outline until March 31, 2012, is because it's not coming until after April.

A release date after April 2012 would also jive with previous reports of a fall 2012 release date.

Secondly, despite Nintendo's embracing of the third dimension with 3DS, that won't be the case here. With 3DS, Nintendo can control the display--that's not the case with 3DTVs. As most consumers do not own 3DTVs, Nintendo cannot guarantee a 3D-focused console would find enough of an audience. It's out!

And so the wait continues.     
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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6436 posts) -

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After confirming that we'll know what life is like after the Wii at E3 in June, Nintendo is beginning to talk a little bit more about their next console. Andriasang has translated reports from Bloomberg and Kyodo News, clarifying two pretty big question about the so-called Project Cafe: release date and 3D.

On the first point, Nintendo appears to have officially dismissed any rumors the next console would pull a surprise launch this year. The reason Nintendo has not included sales projects for Wii's successor in their financial projections, which outline until March 31, 2012, is because it's not coming until after April.

A release date after April 2012 would also jive with previous reports of a fall 2012 release date.

Secondly, despite Nintendo's embracing of the third dimension with 3DS, that won't be the case here. With 3DS, Nintendo can control the display--that's not the case with 3DTVs. As most consumers do not own 3DTVs, Nintendo cannot guarantee a 3D-focused console would find enough of an audience. It's out!

And so the wait continues.     
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#2 Edited by Vexed (327 posts) -

No 3D?  Surprising

Edit: Pleasantly surprised I should say  =)

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#3 Edited by Blair (2586 posts) -

Klepek servin' up a fresh batch of Grandma's cookies!

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#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -
@Vexed said:
" No 3D?  Surprising "
Not really, if you think about it. How would you pull this off in a profitable manner? Not everybody owns 3D capable TVs, and Patrick explained the other reasons.
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#5 Posted by Win (548 posts) -

I'm excited to see what the console ends up being....

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#6 Posted by ApertureSilence (1183 posts) -

This could have been a really relevant console release if it had come out this year. The later Nintendo puts this out, the less notable it will be.

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#7 Posted by Vexed (327 posts) -
@Video_Game_King:  How would you pull it off?  With Nintendo magic, obviously   =P
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#8 Posted by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -

It gonna be the Dreamcast.

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#9 Posted by DeiNile (120 posts) -

Nintendo has never been appealing to me, so doubt I will give the next console a go. But hey, maybe I will be surprised? 

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#10 Posted by DonutFever (4033 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" It gonna be the Dreamcast. "
The Driimcast.
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#11 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

I wanna play it. "Real gamers" sound so dire talking about it, and since they're 100% wrong every time, that means this console's really gonna be something.

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#12 Posted by bretthancock (798 posts) -

Good on Nintendo for talking about this thing once the rumors started flooding in.  I'm kind of excited, no real reason though.

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#13 Posted by Sin4profit (3411 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: only reasonable theory i've heard for having suck a big screen on the controller is to project the games you play through the console onto the controller (making the console itself a portable desice) ...they could then use the 3Ds screen tech from the controller itself, so i'm surprised they didn't go that route as well.
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#14 Posted by Siphillis (1353 posts) -

The only reason Sony is pushing HD is because they have TVs to sell.

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#15 Posted by Cybexx (1570 posts) -

Kind of glad it is not launching this year. This fall is looking crazy packed already. Not that next fall won't be but I'm not quite prepared to buy another console this year.

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#16 Posted by the_hiro_abides (1293 posts) -
@Blair said:
" Klepek servin' up a fresh batch of Grandma's cookies! "
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#17 Posted by CyleMoore (566 posts) -

Good I'm excited.  I'm sure it will come out around the Sept-Nov months of 2012.

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#18 Posted by Doctorchimp (4186 posts) -

Why would Nintendo put 3D on a console anyway?

Even they know it's not practical...

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#19 Posted by McGhee (6128 posts) -

I would love to own a good Nintendo console again. I can only hope they abandon motion controls.

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#20 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -

Patrick, you're fuckin' killing it on the news front. I can't actually keep up with everything that has been posted so far.

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#21 Posted by gorkamorkaorka (552 posts) -

I love 3D but I won't be getting a 3D TV for a LONG time so I don't really care. If everyone still cares about 3D for the console after Project Cafe, then enough people will have 3D TVs for this to even matter. There just aren't enough people with them the last time I looked.

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#22 Posted by TehFlan (1954 posts) -
@DonutFever said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" It gonna be the Dreamcast. "
The Driimcast. "
I made this joke in person the other day, although it had more to do with the screen on the controller. It makes less sense when you try to say it out loud.
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#23 Posted by Eribuster (785 posts) -
@KaosAngel: 
The Dreamcast didn't fail. Sega failed the Dreamcast.
I know it is an valid assumption to make given the rumors on Project Cafe's power, but Nintendo is in a much different position than Sega was. A 1-2 year head start over the PS4 and Xbox 3 will likely prove to be decisive as it was for the PS2 and Xbox 360. Also, it is still up in the air how Sony and Microsoft's next consoles will be. There's also the question if the next big jump in console power will pay off. Isn't high fidelity game development very expensive as it is?

Ah, so many questions and few answers. Interesting times are ahead, as always.

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#24 Posted by BitterAlmond (422 posts) -

3D gives me headaches. 3DTV is gimmicky and fickle. 


@Siphillis said:
" The only reason Sony is pushing HD is because they have TVs to sell. "
I couldn't agree more.
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#25 Posted by natetodamax (19462 posts) -

Glad to hear that Nintendo is avoiding the 3D fad. I personally have no interest in it.

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#26 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -

I could agree more, if he said 3d instead of HD. He meant 3d, right?

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#27 Posted by Ghost407 (177 posts) -

Patrick, you're a machine!

Online
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#28 Posted by seanvail99 (142 posts) -

I wonder what two things Nintendo is gonna tape together this time? 


I vote for two OG xbox taped together. 
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#29 Posted by ryanwho (12011 posts) -
@seanvail99 said:
" derp
"
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#30 Posted by bacongames (3979 posts) -

Man, Klepek is a machine! 

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#31 Posted by PenguinDust (12994 posts) -

Can't Nintendo just tack-on 3D at a later date via a firmware update like Sony did?  I can see it not being available out of the box, but I don't see much point in excluding the possibility at some point in the future.  

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#32 Posted by BradBrains (1975 posts) -

the thought of new consoles makes me kinda sad in a way. im kinda liking the current gen and really dont know where they can really go from here. and i have no intrest in another gimmick

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#33 Posted by White_Silhouette (504 posts) -

I'm not sure what to think of this. As huge of a success the Wii was I'm not that interested in what they are up too. I know there will be a mario platformer, a zelda adventure, maybe a metroid game. Mario party and kart for sure. I would like to see titles that aren't just known franchises. With the rumours of them support third parties has me hopeful. I loved Zack & Wiki and Boom Blox for the Wii.

Either way I do really hope Nintendo doesn't make the online a hassle like it has been so far.

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#34 Posted by pickassoreborn (714 posts) -

I tried 3DS for the first time today and I was saddened by the cold, hard fact that the 3D gave me a horrific headache.

I'm glad it's not associated with Wii 2.

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#35 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@Darkstalker said:
" the thought of new consoles makes me kinda sad in a way. im kinda liking the current gen and really dont know where they can really go from here. and i have no intrest in another gimmick "
So ignore Stream? A next gen. is inevitable, Nintendo's next console isn't releasing before 2012 and Microsoft and Sony's new consoles will probably be released in 2013. If you don't want the current generation to go away, it still has plenty of time, even after Stream releases, and you'll still be able to play all of the current gen. games you missed out on after the Xbox 720 and PS4 are out.
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#36 Posted by Th3_James (2613 posts) -

The only 3D i've liked so far is SSFIV on my 3DS. Other than that I don't like the dim from wearing 3D active shutter lenses, and seeing a single smudge or finger print on the lens would piss me off wayy to much.

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#37 Posted by GeoAbraxas (12 posts) -
@Darkstalker said:
" the thought of new consoles makes me kinda sad in a way. im kinda liking the current gen and really dont know where they can really go from here. and i have no intrest in another gimmick "

Maybe if you head a good tv you might think differently :D

At this point the current gen is really showing it's age, a year or two from now the minimum quality settings on a PC AAA game will be the best the ps3 or 360 could hope for. 

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#38 Posted by TwoOneFive (9786 posts) -

uh... this is dumb. because it can be easily implemented into any video game just like sony does with PS3

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#39 Posted by cleasure138 (4 posts) -
@MurderByDeath How can anyone say how relevant it will be without seeing what Nintendo is offering or what the other guys will be offering (or even when they will be offering it for that matter)?
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#41 Posted by WilliamHenry (1285 posts) -
@Tarsier:@Tarsier said:
" thanks patrick youre way better than brad nicholson "
Harsh. You can't really compare the two and they focus on two different areas of video game news. Patrick is more insider/behind the scenes news while Brad is more press release news. Plenty of  room on the site for both of them.
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#42 Posted by Delusibeta (71 posts) -

Ultimately, expect more information at E3, and expect Microsoft and Sony to rapidly announce competing consoles.

As a PC gamer, I can say with confidence that we've definitely hit a graphics plateau. I don't know if it's a genuine graphics plateau or the age of the current consoles stunting graphics, but I suspect the former. This next generation of consoles will show one way or another which theory is right.

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#43 Posted by MeatSim (11140 posts) -

No 3D seems like a good move to me.

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#44 Posted by Doomshine (153 posts) -

I hope this doesn't make MS and Sony launch their next consoles earlier, I want this gen to last longer.

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#45 Posted by Kyle (2376 posts) -

Not having 3D in their next console seemed like a total given to me. Obviously Nintendo isn't going to do that for a home console, where it would require the purchase of a super expensive 3DTV.

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#46 Posted by big_jon (6433 posts) -

Ten year cycle eh?

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#47 Posted by angelfan91 (915 posts) -
@big_jon said:
"Ten year cycle eh? "

You can have a new console and the Wii can still have a 10 year cycle.
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#48 Posted by Cold_Wolven (2484 posts) -

Well that's great news, I was worried this decade wouldn't start off with any new console and perhaps Nintendo's move will motivate Sony and Microsoft to follow suit. 

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#49 Posted by fox01313 (5206 posts) -

Skip 3d Nintendo for the console, go with things people will actually want like better online community, HD graphics, zero friend codes, less 3rd party garbageware games.

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#50 Posted by jacksukeru (6563 posts) -

Well I'm a Puyrate and me canne' see 3D anywee.

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