Nintendo’s Wii successor to dominate E3 expo

Posted June 05, 2011, at 10:14 p.m.

LOS ANGELES — After two years of shrinking Wii sales, the gamemaker will fully raise the curtain on the Wii’s successor at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry’s annual convention in downtown Los Angeles this week. Nintendo Co. has remained silent about just what the doodad will do, but gamers are anticipating features like high-definition graphics and touchscreen controllers.

“What’s interesting about it is that it’s a platform that seems much more oriented to the core gamer, in terms of its capabilities and specifications,” said Ken Levine, the Irrational Games creative director who will tear into E3 with “Bioshock Infinite,” an airy in-the-clouds follow-up to the stylish undersea saga “Bioshock,” published by 2K Games.

Meanwhile, Sony Corp. will try to rebound from the embarrassment of a massive security breach that recently crippled the PlayStation Network, affecting more than 100 million online accounts. Sony plans to introduce several new PlayStation 3 titles, as well as detail the name, price and sale date of a new hand-held device code-named Next Generation Portable.

John Koller, director of PlayStation hardware marketing, said the NGP will be slightly larger than the PlayStation Portable and will feature a touchscreen, touchpad, two cameras and an accelerometer, meaning it can react to motion. It will also be able to connect over cellphone networks and Wi-Fi hotspots and use GPS location-tracking technology.

 

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