Several of the gaming websites I follow on twitter posted a headline about rumors of Nintendo announcing the Wii's successor on the E3. I already talked about this a little in this article. According to them, the new console (which I'll just call "Nintendo HD" for now) is more powerful than both the 360 and the PS3. That would be great but then it would most likely end up being a 400$ console which is probably a little too much.
But, as an extension to the other article I already posted some weeks ago, I'd like to share my opinions on how (according to me) the poor Xbox 360's catalog lost a lot of quality, especially when talking about exclusives. When this generation started back in 2005-2006. The 360 had at least 10 amazing exclusives per year. I'm talking about games such as Dead or Alive 4, Halo 3, Gears of War, Mass Effect, Forza 2, etc. Sadly, the console has always suffered from the god damned RROD problem that (if you live in Latin America like me) forces you to just buy another console, and several of the exclusive titles are either not exclusives anymore or have serious contenders in the multi-platform part.
When thinking really hard about it, and taking all the Kinect crap out of the equation. The only good exclusives the Xbox 360 has from the last two years are Halo ODST, Reach, Forza 3 and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. That's four games in two years. While the Wii and the PS3 are raining exclusives almost every month. There are other exclusives but they're not really considered killer-apps. It really is sad from a gamer's point of view to see how the 360 became a machine just for ports of games already available on the PS3, Wii and PC.
To me, Microsoft made a huge mistake when aiming the console from the hardcore to the casual crowd so drastically, they started with the stupid avatars as a lame way to copy the Miis. And then, Kinect came out and made things worse because though I admit it is a great technological achievement, the games simply suck bad. So, Nintendo has a great chance here to come back to the way it was in the 90s. If it keeps a good balance between hardcore and casual games and releases a console with all the things we like from the PS3/360 then we, as gamers, will get all the benefits. Let's hope Nintendo doesn't make the same mistake again.