E3 2012 Rumours: Games, Xbox 720, PS4 & Nintendo Wii U

Everything you need to know about the upcoming games expo taking place in June

Your E3 2012 rumours & news roundup. Find all the last information on games & consoles including the Xbox 720, PS4 and Nintendo Wii U

It’s that time of the year again. With E3 2012 just around the corner (June 5-7 to be exact), the rumour mill has gone into overdrive, with fanboys and critics alike speculating on what we’ll be seeing and hearing from the world’s most coveted games expo.

Who can blame them? Rumours surrounding the launch of the Xbox 720, PS4 and Nintendo Wii U – all of which are expected to launch at the end of this year –continue to gain momentum, and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down.

With more gossip flying around than in a copy of heat, we’ve rounded the latest news on the games and consoles expected to emerge from LA in June.

E3 2012 Rumours: Games

As you’d expect from a games expo of E3’s magnitude, we’ll be seeing a whole host of titles launch (like, duh!) but which ones exactly?

Well, first things first: Nintendo has confirmed (via games website Eurogamer) that it will announce a new Super Mario Bros. game at E3 this year.

That’s right, the moustached jumper and co will feature in a new adventure once again. Fact. How do we know?

Well, because the news came straight out of the horse’s mouth (Shigeru Miyamoto, producer and designer of Mario), who made the revelation while being interviewed by a Spanish newspaper in April.

But wait. There’s more! Nintendo has also confirmed that a brand spanking new version of Pikmin will be shown at the games expo. Here is a very juicy quote from one of their (many) spokespeople:

“In a recent interview, Mr Miyamoto confirmed that Pikmin will be shown at E3 this year and that anyone who has played Pikmin games in the past, from the beginning to the last one, will enjoy playing. Nothing further will be disclosed at this time.”

It gets better. Metal Gear fans could be in store for a treat as rumour has it Kojima Productions will be announcing the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance in Los Angeles come June.

Now for some bad news: GTA fans will be sad to hear that Rockstar, the game’s developers, will not be making an appearance at E3 this year.

This means we won’t be seeing any previews of the upcoming GTA 5. It also means that the game most probably won’t be out this year, GameStatics reports.

Also on the no-show list is World of Warcraft developers Blizzard, according to games site MCV.

If you’re an MMORPG fan waiting for news on the Blizzard’s upcoming Titan Project or StarCraft II expansions, sadly, your questions will not be answered in June. Tough luck.

E3 2012 Rumours: Xbox 720

We’re not going to lead you on by chucking a whole bunch of Xbox 720 rumours at you. No. In fact: we’re just going to say it to you straight: Microsoft won’t be revealing the heavily-rumoured Xbox 720 at E3 in June. Sad but true.

We know this because Microsoft said so. Speaking to Bloomberg, David Dennis, a spokesperson for the company, said the corporation won’t be announcing any deets on the upcoming console at the games expo – nor will it be anytime soon (despite reports that the machine has already been made).

Rubbing salt in the wound, Michael Pachter, an analyst (AKA one of those really smart people that actually know what they’re talking about) at Los Angeles-based Wedbush Securities Inc, said: “They’re still selling a lot of Xbox 360, and they’re making money. I don’t think the world needs them to put a new console out just because we’re bored.”

However, Microsoft will unveil its latest project: implementing Internet Explorer 9 functionality and Kinect controls into Xbox Live, tech website The Verge reports.

According to their source, this will add voice and motion control your web browser. That’ll do for now, we guess.

E3 2012 Rumours: PS4

Despite Sony Computer Entertainment chairman Kaz Kirari revealing back in Jan that the suspected PS4 won’t be debuted at E3 2012, we didn’t stop believing.

We always thought the gaming giant was leading us on and would in fact be unveiling its new machine at the games expo but the only reports (that we can vaguely rely on anyways) suggest that they’ll only be releasing 20 new games.

Although mightily impressive, it’s not as exciting as the launch of a new games console. Sigh.

E3 2012 Rumours: Wii U

Sorry Nintendo fans, but we have some bad news for you: the Wii U release date will not be announced at E3 this year, GamesRadar reports.

According to a Nintendo financial report – that’s one of those boring spreadsheet-type things that tell you how much money they’ve made/lost/whatever – the company won’t be revealing the upcoming console’s launch date which, incidentally, is expected in late 2012.

However, we’re yet to hear of any official announcement or rumour that suggests the console won’t be shown. Until then, we’ll be keeping our Wii U rumour hats firmly on.

In fact, one rumour we’re extremely excited about is a report earlier this year that claimed gaming giant Nintendo will be revealing the new Wii at E3 under a brand spanking new moniker.

You hear right, our good friends over at CVG, reported that good old Ninty is in discussions about rebranding their games console offering, which will also require the Wii U being renamed.

Apparently, Nintendo has taken on this bold decision in a bid to avoid the same confusion customers encountered when the 3DS was released, after the Nintendo DS.

According to reports, some consumers were darn right unaware that there were two DS machines: the original (that’s the DS, in case you’re wondering) and the 3DS version (3DS).

We’re guessing the company might be worried about mums and dads hitting a brick wall when differentiating the Wii and the Wii U. Totally.