Color us unsurprised. Companies tend to make their major announcements at E3, and Nintendo’s given very clear indication that they’ll be doing the same this coming May with the following announcement, sent to us this morning under the subject of “Save the Date for Nintendo:”

”You’re probably just starting to plan your time for 2006. With a mere 165 days to go (give or take), it’s time to start thinking about next year’s E3. Nintendo is most certainly thinking about it. So pencil us in. You’ll hear all the incredible details about Nintendo’s upcoming games and hardware, including our next home console, code-named Revolution. You won’t want to miss it. See you there.

WHAT: Nintendo’s E3 Media Briefing

WHEN: Briefing begins at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2006.
WHERE: Kodak Theatre (home of the Academy Awards), Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

WHY: You know why.”

Let’s do a little close reading.

”Mere 165 days to go” = understatement for emphasis. By announcing this far in advance, Nintendo’s promising the grand finale unveiling. Contrast to TGS: we didn’t know until a couple days in advance that the company intended to show the Revolution controller at Tokyo Game Show. The cards are all on the table now.
”code-named Revolution” = We’ll finally be told the final name for the console.
”You know why.” Cheeky monkeys.