Rumour: Wii successor to be announced at E3 2011

Nintendo Universe writes:

Whilst it has previously been rumoured that worldwide chip-manufacturer Marvell Technology is to be the company that is to supply the CPU for Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS handheld, there is an even bigger piece of information that has surfaced.

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Trroy2758d ago (Edited 2758d ago )

So... the next Wii won't have backwards compatibility with Wii or GameCube then, and Nintendo will have to reboot its entire library?

That'll go over well with casuals. /s

I have a feeling this rumor is... only that.

Seedhouse2758d ago

Why wouldn't it have backwards compatibility?

EYEamNUMBER12758d ago

2011 nintendo will drop the price of the wii to 149.99
2012 they will fully unveil their next console
2013 they release their new console and drop the wii price to 99

im convinced this is what will happen

PS360fanboy2758d ago

Not having BC is a HUGE mistake. Lots of people didn't buy the PS3 for that reason.

Eu2758d ago (Edited 2758d ago )

The thing that stoped the PS3's launch was its price, not BC, was there! You freaking bough a PSOne, a PS2 and a PS3 at launch, all togheter in one big sexy box (look at beloved 300GB launch PS3).


Nintendo is the most likely to launch the next gen first, since its tech is the oldest, and they did make more money than MS and Sony together this gen. AS for the me is just a rumor, but who knows...

ChickeyCantor2758d ago

"Nintendo is the most likely to launch the next gen first, since its tech is the oldest,"

But their marketing is fresh =P

cgmike2755d ago

Actually the 360 is "oldest".

N4g_null2758d ago

The gpu is unknow yet this spec is not locked down yet. Here is how you compare this chip.

The chip below is the 3 core version that has ps3 like performance. Yet the one we here about has four cores.

It might be a little overkill for your handheld device, but a new CPU from Marvell looks to bring video game console-like power to smartphones and tablet PCs.

The tri-core Armada 628 processor can almost be thought of as a 2.5-core device, for only two of the CPU's cores run at their unrestrained, 1.5-GHZ clock speeds. The third core, acting as a kind of low-power CPU manager, only makes it to 624 MHz. Still, it's a not an uncommon element for a system-on-a-chip design, and it allows the Armada 628 to function in a manner analogous to a hybrid car—playing more than 10 hours of 1080p video, for example, while still dishing out fast processing power.

In addition, the Armada's 628 on-die graphics processor spits out a whopping 200 million triangles per second (M/T), the standard nomenclature used to compare the raw processing power of a particular GPU. We make the console analogy above for a very specific reason—the Playstation 3, for example, can dish out roughly 250 million triangles per second. Although its CPU, a 3.2 GHz cell microprocessor, nevertheless puts Marvell's work to shame in terms of raw speeds, the underlying graphical performance of the Armada 628 is still quite formidable.

So how does this CPU compare against competing mobile processors? Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip, announced earlier this year and debuting in smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2010, has been smoking up the benchmark charts as of late. However, when you compare Tegra 2 to the Armada 628, you'll note that the former only comes with a dual-core 1.0-GHz Cortex A9 CPU. As well, the chip's peak GPU speed tops out at around 90 M/T—less than half that of the Armada 628.

And what about Apple's iPhone? This favorite target for comparison—in this case, the company's latest iPhone 4 smartphone—sports a single-core Cortex A8 CPU running at 1 GHz coupled with a PowerVR SGX graphics processor. According to Ars Technica, the latter is rumored to dish out around 28 M/T. That's nearly one-third the graphical capabilities of Tegra 2-based devices, and but a mere drop in the bucket compared to the Armada 628.

But taking all of the various specifications into account, is the Armada 628 processor really intended for use on a smartphone? Ars Technica's Jon Stokes doesn't think so: With hooks for USB 3.0 support and high-definition encoding/decoding, the aforementioned super-fast graphical performance, and three A9 cores… that just seems a bit overkill for something intended to fit in the palm of one's hand. Expect to see the Armada 628 debut on a larger form-factor—a tablet PC, at the very least, if not a full-fledged netbook or laptop.

dosgrtr2758d ago (Edited 2758d ago )

i definitely think so,set for a 2012 launch

Stealth20k2758d ago (Edited 2758d ago )

A rumor for who? This nothing site?

e3 2011 will be all about the 3ds

Seedhouse2758d ago

E3 2010 was all about the 3DS, Nintendo could easily reveal a Wii successor next year.

cmrbe2758d ago

what Nintendo future strategy is. Will the same extreme casual buy the new wii?. Will the new wii have the same horse power as the PS3?. Will they do a U-Turn?.

It will be interesting to see.

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