Late last year before the launch of the Wii, Reggie and Perrin Kaplan both made statements that another secret would be revealed about the Wii right before the release. The launch came and went and all fronts were silent. Now it seems Reggie is back saying the same thing again, this time in an interview with Gamehead. Reggie said that a "good" surprise was going to be announced for the Wii in September.
So this is where the speculation begins. The surprise shouldn't be anything we already know is coming (the new download channel and the Mii popularity contest), but it could be many other things. I've listed some of these below:
1: Matt from IGN said in a podcast before E3 that we should expect a resurrection of an old franchise to be revealed at E3. This never happened. However, Matt then said that it should be announced very very soon. So it could be a new game announcement (Kid Icarus, Punch Out!!). If Nintendo does this, it would truly show how irrelevant the new E3 has turned out to be.
2: Nintendo announces that they are licensing Unreal Engine 3 from Epic Games. While I don't see this happening, it would show that the Wii can actually run this engine like the other systems and maybe developers would bring games that they thought could only run on Xbox360 over to Wii; given the proper development tools of course.
3: Nintendo announces HD 720p firmware upgrade along with DVD playback for the Wii. We've known about the DVD playback for almost a year now, but the HD firmware upgrade could really be a possibility. A recent interview with Shigeru Miyamoto showed that he almost let something slip about HD in connection with the Wii when asked if this was coming in the future.
4: Nintendo announces their version of an online headset for Wii. There have been many patents released by Nintendo over the past year and a half and one of them was for a headset. This is a possibility since online gaming is really going to take off for the Wii this year and a headset would be needed for better interaction.
Special thanks to Falafelkid for shedding light on this
What do you think it could be?
*UPDATE* It appears that Reggie was only referring to a surprise in the Wiiconnect24 or some new downloadable content towards the end of September.
Here's hoping for Goldeneye!