As much as I want to ignore the rumors about Nintendo's next home console, the nebulous information keeps stacking up, and when the company's own Shigeru Miyamoto weighs in on the situation, it's downright impossible to turn my back on the story. He's asking for patience while the company decides what it wants to do. Here's the quote from Game Informer:
“Even when the Wii launched we were developing new hardware, work on 3DS had already started. It’s a matter of when we announce it.” When asked whether the new Nintendo console would be announced at this E3, he said “Please wait. Be patient until we decide.”
Meanwhile, today's intriguing notion is that the next Wii (or whatever it's eventually called) looks like a modernized Super NES and could cost around $350-$400 when it hits stores next year. That's a steep price that I doubt the casual market will jump for at launch, meaning that there's a prime opportunity for the company to release some dynamite core games. The core crowd is not going to line up in massive numbers for Super Wii Sports on launch day, but it will show up for one of the usual AAA+ franchise titles. Personally, I think $400 is more than I want to spend on a new console at the moment, but if Super Mario HD is a launch title, then the resulting involuntary "shut up and take my money" spasm will guarantee that I'll go ahead and pay it anyway.