Is this the Wii 2? Nintendo has released an official statement confirming a new console, codenamed "Project Cafe", will be playable at E3 2011. No details on the new Nintendo console have been announced except for the fact that it will arrive in 2012. The company promises to announce the console's specs and more during the annual industry trade show later in June.
Here's the statement from Nintendo:
"Nintendo has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.
While Nintendo hasn't revealed any further details on the alleged Wii 2, which is codenamed "Project Cafe," there are a number of reports about the system's specifications, including the word from IGN's sources that the Nintendo project will "out perform the PlayStation 3's NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor. Like the Xbox 360, the system's CPU will be a custom-built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset, but the clocking speeds will be faster." Supposedly, the system will support 1080p output with the potential for stereoscopic 3D as well, granting it the additional nickname "Wii HD". Price-wise, Project Cafe is predicted to retail for between $350 and $400.
"Project Cafe" is rumored to have an interesting touchscreen controller as well, but Nintendo has remained tight lipped on the console's specifics. We've speculated on what the Wii 2 console might have inside, but what do you think is coming? A beefier console than the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, or another Wii, marketed towards a more family friendly demographic?
If the new Nintendo console's strategy is to "out-power" the major consoles on the market, it basically represents a 180 degree turn from the guiding philosophy of the Wii. The Wii was always a system designed to be less powerful, but more user-friendly and with broader appeal than the 360 and PS3.
We'll keep you updated right up to E3 (June 7-9), and, of course, our E3 coverage will be massive, featuring news, previews, videos and much, much more.