Be quiet.Be very still.Listen closely.You hear that?Beyond the usual noise of the gaming world,beyond the excitement for the 3DS and the NGP,something else is happening somewhere,as quietly as it can.
When asked about their next console a few years ago,Nintendo reps repeatedly said that they're always ready to start work on the next thing as soon as they're done with the current console.So we can be sure ideas have been being batted around since the Wii launch,and by now,perhaps they're nearly ready to wow us again.
The rumors from 01net and GameInformer speak of a powerful,HD capable system with iPad like controllers,among other things.They say we may get to see it at e3,or even sooner,perhaps due to the rumored $50 price drop for the Wii on May 15.We'll just have to wait and see if Nintendo themselves say anything about it,but all these leaks must mean SOMETHING is in the air.And while I sit inhaling the tiny fums escaping through the cracks of Big N's secrecy,I will speculate and propose ideas for a cool console.Here goes:
1.Better Graphics. I started simple.It's obvious that even from Nintendo's standpoint of cutting back on the graphics to keep their consoles cheap,they could make a real beast.The Xbox 360 is 6 years old,and so is the tech that makes it a graphical monster.Meaning Nintendo could get their hands on newer better tech and still keep the console cheap.
2.Online Community:Nintendo has this club-type thingy they could easily use to put together something like PSN or XBL.There really isn't a lot to elaborate on here,as we all know how all that works and what it could mean.It would be fantastic.
3.Controllers: They included the first D-pad,the first shoulder buttons,the first thumbstick,and the first motion capabilities in their consoles as they created new consoles.Now we see every console manufacturer must have these thins.So what cool new idea is next?They mentioned these iPad like things,which at first sounded dumb,but then I got to thinking.
If they made these things better sized and more ergonomic than the little wafers that the iPads are,they could work.They MUST have physical buttons,but what if they had a touch screen too?What if each screen could display a different image for each person?Imagine that multiplayer possibilities.You could have 8 way multiplayer battles,with the TV being a map,and each controller displaying the person's actions.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg.Just think for awhile what each person having a screen could do.You'll come up with something cool.
Now what about motion control?They just can't drop the idea that sold 85 million units.I believe they should make it possible to use the same controller for motion gaming as well as regular gaming-perhaps by a plug in nunchuck like device-so that everyone doesn't need two sets of pricey controllers,but if that makes the idea's above impossible or difficult,separate controllers may be necessary.I really hope not.
4.Handheld connectivity:What if you could use the 3DS for a controller in certain events?How about a combination of a game on your console and an AR game on your 3DS?Perhaps you receive a mission from your console,and then you take your 3DS and walk around your house searching for your objective.Maybe there could be a way to make it so you can play a multiplayer game from your console with a mash-up of people using the console and the 3DS,with a different graphical presentation on each,so there is no need to dub down the graphics on the home console versions.This would be interesting because different capabilities would be available to you depending on what system you use.
5.Third party support:This has never been much of a big deal for me.But there are some 3rd party games I'd like to play on a Nintendo console.Like Portal 2.The Burnout series.A Need For Speed game more like Most Wanted or Carbon.I'm sure the list is bigger for other people,and there is no reason Nintendo shouldn't try for more 3rd parties.In fact,they are already working on it by building relationships with these developers on the 3DS.
6.A new Nintendo franchise:Miyamoto mentioned recently in an IGN article that he was working on a new character,his first since the Pikmin.I can't wait to see him/her/it/them.It's be nice if they make their debut in HD.
And of course,I want them to keep everything they had before.I want the Wii Shop and Virtual Console.I want backwards compatibility.I want a simple interface.I want Miis.I want everything the Wii has to be streamlined,improved,and kept in the new system,minus those horrendous Friend Codes.
So now we wait.While you wait,what are your hopes for a new Nintendo console?Speak up in the comments below.