Update: According to OMN, Nintendo UK has contacted them to let them know this rumor is false. There will be no new hardware showcased at E3 this year.
With the reveal of the patent filing for interchangeable controls yesterday, it looks like the internet is abuzz with rumors that Nintendo could possibly be showcasing new hardware at E3. There’s absolutely no confirmation for this rumor from Nintendo, but sites like IGN and MCV are reporting that they’ve heard some type of hardware will be showcased. The most likely bet is Nintendo’s Quality of Life platform Satoru Iwata discussed in its financial briefing at the beginning of the year.
The Nintendo 3DS is doing well enough that Nintendo doesn’t need to introduce a successor for a few more years, and while the Wii U is still struggling all over the world, introducing a new home console now just 2 years after the introduction of the last console would shake even the most hardcore fanboy’s faith in Nintendo. Either way, if new hardware is to be showcased, we’re betting it’s related to the direction Nintendo wants to take as more than just a video games company.
What sort of new hardware would you like to see from Nintendo? Remember rumors that a Fusion console has been considered in the past, and the interchangeable controls from the patent that showed up yesterday could potentially be part of that idea.