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Question BlockIf your Wii has been gathering dust lately and your new 3DS isn't quite enough to satisfy your Nintendo cravings, then stay tuned to E3 2011 as Game Informer reports that Nintendo has plans to reveal its next home console.  The new hardware takes Nintendo into the world of high definition visuals and may well dump the Wii branding, and a launch for the end of 2012 is apparently in the cards.  Here's some of the report:

In fact, Nintendo is already showing publishers the system in an effort to get them interested and allow them plenty of time to start developing titles in anticipation of the system's reported late 2012 launch. This advance support marks a change from when the Wii launched. At that time, several Western publishers were outright surprised by the announcement, and it affected the software support for the platform.

Nintendo is doing this one right," said an anonymous source. "[It's] not a gimmick like the Wii." What else, beyond graphics, this may infer about the system is unknown. What kind of controls the system will support (we imagine a need for both classic analog configurations and motion controllers) or what level of software and infrastructure Nintendo will provide for online gaming is also unknown. However, it's a positive sign that the system might be more than just an HD Wii.

It's time for Nintendo to move beyond the Wii and catch up to what the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 can offer at home in terms of HD visuals and a useful online experience.  I want to see a Super Mario title play in 720p or — big steps now — 1080p resolution.  I want a Legend of Zelda adventure that continues to evolve and grow through the use of downloadable content (without falling into the greed trap that other publishers are using as of late).  I want so much more from my home Nintendo experience than the Wii has been able to offer as the years go by, and hopefully this new hardware will make it happen.  I can't wait to see what the company has up its sleeve.  Hopefully it'll be worth the wait.  After all, no matter what happens in the video game industry, I always come back for Super Mario.