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Nintendo’s “Stream” Console Possibly $400

April 22, 2011

According to an article on IGN, Nintendo’s new HD console that should be announced at E3 in about six weeks could retail for as high as $400.

Aside from the price-tag, a reasonable one at that for a brand-new console, the article also detailed some specs for the new hardware. The processor will be faster than that of it’s Xbox 360 counter-part. It will support full 1080p HD and possibly stereoscopic 3D.The console will be the size of an Xbox 360 as well. The article also stated that it will resemble a modern-day Super Nintendo in terms of design.

On the controller side of things, expect touch-screen capabilities that can also stream games to the controller itself, including a possible virtual console service to support them.

IGN said the console should be out in time for the holiday season of 2012.

That’s a lot to take in. If the 3DS was the future, this console is shaping up to be the…distant future? The specs all seem great, and be sure to click the link for the full mumbo-jumbo on the guts of the system. The price-point seems fare enough, as the Xbox 360 and PS3 both launched in that price window, and being that this should usher in the next generation of hardware, I’m fine with the asking price.

In terms of design, I’m pretty excited to see what they mean by modern-day Super Nintendo. Personally, I don’t think the SNES has that great of a design. Obviously Nintendo isn’t reverting back to cartridges, so it’s interesting to see what they have in store.

Finally, the controller just seems insane. It reminds me of the Dreamcast’s VMU memory card that allowed you to play dedicated games on. I don’t know how I feel about the touch-screen on the controller, as that may alienate some of the older-gamers that enjoy playing the Wii.

E3 is shaping up to be pretty great. Tell us what you think in the comments section.

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