The Great Coverup?

What you see in front of you fellow readers is what gamers thought was an actual Wii console, but was infact a next generation development kit stuffed inside a Gamecube at E3. Apparently the actual Wii consoles on the show floor were just there for display purposes, a poster on the Nsider forums claims that the Wii consoles were 'just an empty box with a light'.

What this means in theory could be very exciting. As I reported a couple of days ago the Mozlapunk website claimed to speak to a reliable source who stated that the final Wii consoles graphical performance could be on par with the Xbox 360, and could quite possibly exceed it.

Now if this is true, and the Wii machines at E3 were infact running on souped up Gamecube's then its quite possible the final games could infact look quite a bit different, much like the source for Mozlapunk suggested. It also means the graphics card is still in development with ATI, and is currently incomplete.

An article in the latest issue of the Official Nintendo Magazine regarding Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz states that 'While the screenshots perfectly illustrate what the game is all about, they're only in development screens that have come from Gamecube (not Wii) development kits'.

Could Nintendo fans be in for a shock when it comes down to the machines graphical prowess… It currently seems very possible.



  1. The 360 didn’t really have much of a change in graphics anyway. I played call of duty on the 360 at my mates house and I didn’t really see many minor differences than the original xbox.

  2. I think the first generation of software titles for the Xbox 360 havent realy shown us what the system is graphically capable off.

    Though some of the titles for the 360 that were shown at this years E3 such as Gears Of War, Lost Planet, Mass Effect and Halo 3 realy do show off the systems graphical potential.

  3. sickr you are a great reporter, although it’s probably because you do good to nintendo, and that makes me happy. besides poor nintendo got ripped off by sony after they funded sony to try to help with a disc console instead of their cartradges for the extra space. long story short, nintendo ran out of money for the idea but sony continued on nintendo’s work and came up with the PSone.

  4. Thank you :)

    Yes, it was a tragic mistake by Nintendo to pass up on Sonys Cd drive.
    And one they have paid for over the recent years.

    But now I believe Nintendo is ready to take on the might of Sony and bring it’s games empire toppling down.

    Well fingers crossed eh? ;)

  5. all i have to say is BOOYAH! nintendo’s Wii will Pwn!!! If these graphics were really just from a gamecube with some upgrades, and the graphics and everything else being under development still, imagine how it will look! the fields of Hyrule, more beautiful than anything before! every Head-shot, filled with blood spattered gore! also, it seems that so far Nintendo and Sony had tag teamed to bring down Microsoft. bring their empire down, blow by blow. this reminds me of something i do on worms 3D. team up with someone, then finish them off later on. in fact, here is the whole review, discovered by a very good friend of mine.

    Tell me why you would buy a $600 PS3?” Peter Moore, a Microsoft vice president, said in an interview. “People are going to buy two (machines.) They’re going to buy an Xbox and they’re going to buy a Wii … for the price of one PS3.”
    Microsoft predicted on Tuesday it will have 10 million Xbox 360 consoles in the market before Sony launches the PS3. The high-end Xbox 360 sells for $399, but it does not include a built-in high-definition DVD video player that comes with Sony’s PS3.

    Sony plans to sell a premium PS3 model for $599 when it debuts in North America on November 17, and Nintendo has not yet disclosed pricing for Wii.

    Wii comes equipped with motion sensitive controllers to allow users to mimic the motion of wielding a sword or swinging a tennis racket.

    Moore then turned pitchman for Nintendo’s Wii, the latest offering from the Japanese company that once dominated the video game industry.

    “People will always gravitate toward a competitively priced product — like what I believe Wii will be — with innovative new designs and great intellectual property like Mario, Zelda and Metroid,” Moore told Reuters.

    Sony currently dominates the worldwide video game market with a 66 percent share, while Microsoft and Nintendo each hold 17 percent, according to Strategy Analytics.

    “We have 100 percent market share of the next-generation, and their job is to take that from us,” said Moore.

    “When I think on everything that we’ve got going right now that is real versus what Sony promises to do six, seven months from now, obviously we feel very good about where we stand.”


    Despite Microsoft’s head start with the Xbox 360, the software giant still faces an uphill climb in Sony and Nintendo’s home turf.

    Microsoft received a tepid response to its Xbox 360 debut in Japan and demand fell short of expectations during last year’s holiday season when it sold about 100,000 machines.

    The company introduced a competitively priced console in Japan, but some of its game titles did not appeal to Japanese gamers. Moore expects upcoming role-playing games like “Lost Odyssey” and “Blue Dragon” from the creator of the popular “Final Fantasy” series to do well in Japan.

    “Quite frankly,” said Moore, “if we’re sitting here a year from now and things continue to fall flat, then we might say ‘we don’t know what to do anymore.”‘

  6. Yes, let’s forget about the fact that actual press were able to view the Wii from all angles, and that there were actual systems being played behind the curtains.

    Not trying to rain on the picnic, just getting really sick of hearing this story because somebody photographed a gamecube box in the MASS of crap that is wired up for a typical multimedia presentation.

  7. Thanks for your insight.

    Though I personally believe that Nintendo and Microsoft will come out top in the next gen battle.

    Though as always, we will never know under the show gets underway ;)

  8. Micheal of course it’s true the actual systems were at that event.

    But whats not been revealed and is being currently speculated about, was wither the Wii units were actually running the games we all saw.

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