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Nintendo Confirms Wii Successor at E3 2011, Arrives in 2012


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197w ago - Today Nintendo has [Register or Login to view links] ([Register or Login to view links]) that the Wii's successor will be shown and playable at E3 this year, and that the new home console will be launching sometime in 2012.

According to several reports, the next-gen 'Project Cafe' Wii will utilize a new controller providing users with a unique view to streamed content from their console and TV.

To quote from MCVUK (linked above): "A fierce fortnight of rumours concerning the Wii 2 has been rounded off with official confirmation of a new Nintendo home console.

The platform holder confirmed as much in a note attached to its most recent financial report. It confirms that a “successor” to the popular motion sensing machine will launch at some point in 2012. It will be shown at this year's E3 in June."

Finally, for those wondering E3 runs this year from June 7 to June 9, 2011.








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#24 - barrybarryk - 193w ago
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Well yeah I still reckon it's fake and more an elaborate hoax by some design students mostly because of the lack of an Ethernet port (even if there isn't one on a retail unit surely a dev kit would have one) but also I think the omission of an optical drive (a full size one anyway) would be disastrous.

No backwards compatibility and no blu rays or even dvds? just sounds a bit too much for me, though there is a rumour that the games will be sold on 25GB flash cartridges (or memory cards depending on your semantics). Either way we'll find out soon enough, roll on the E3.

#23 - severusx - 193w ago
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It is shaped exactly like the the retail box for MS Office 2007, not exactly an inspired design.

#22 - PS3 News - 193w ago
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Thanks for the updates barrybarryk and +Rep!

#21 - barrybarryk - 193w ago
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Looks like someone has leaked a video of a dev kit which shows the console and an image of the controller





Looks like the other pictures of the console itself are accurate with the controller looking a lot like a Gamecube wavebird pad with a 6" touchscreen slapped in the middle

#20 - barrybarryk - 196w ago
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Some new spec rumours today, apparently it'll use a proprietary 'disc' system with a 25GB max capacity, no HDD but 8GB of flash memory in the console.

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Doesn't sound right but it is nintendo so I wouldn't be surprised if there is a curve ball in there like the game 'discs' having their own memory for saves etc like they were working on for the SNESCD addon, but 8GB of local storage definitely doesn't sound right to me. Even a few wiiware titles would quickly use that up. But at the same time It wouldn't be like nintendo to use a conventional HDD for local storage.

The proprietary disc system sounds about right though given nintendo's love of proprietary storage (the wii is the only nintendo system to not use such a system)

#19 - barrybarryk - 196w ago
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Yeah I'd agree they might use a new format but I just don't see nintendo making a new console without the ability to play wii games. They've been backwards compatibility mad for years and that slit looks definitely too small to fit a full size dvd and I don't see ninty going for mini blu rays like the gamecubes mini dvds.

But you can't really blame the medium for piracy it's more down to the console itself and its own security just look at the ds.

#18 - Bishoff - 196w ago
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I still don't buy it, mind you I quite like it lol

I just don't see nintendo going for system with no optical disc drive, they know if it goes download only retailers will give them very little support and it'd basically ruin any sort of backwards compatibility plans.

There's the shot from the back I came across, but it just doesn't have the sort of connectivity I think this thing will have. Namely no power input or video / audio out, which I think would be kind of important lol

Why are you saying there is no optical drive? I see a slit in the front that can very well be a new size optical drive, much how the gamecube was. keep in mind the Wii is hacked to all hell, so it's not surprising they may try another format of their own to combat it.

#17 - barrybarryk - 197w ago
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I still don't buy it, mind you I quite like it lol

I just don't see nintendo going for system with no optical disc drive, they know if it goes download only retailers will give them very little support and it'd basically ruin any sort of backwards compatibility plans.

There's the shot from the back I came across, but it just doesn't have the sort of connectivity I think this thing will have. Namely no power input or video / audio out, which I think would be kind of important lol

#16 - PS3 News - 197w ago
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Here is another 'leaked' picture of the Project Cafe, looks the same just in white it seems.

#15 - barrybarryk - 197w ago
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I'm guessing it's a mock-up more than a final design of the retail unit. The rumours say it'll look like a modernised cross between the NES and SNES which could be interesting. But apparently central to the rumours is backwards compatibility with wii games with the console acting as the sensor bar for wiimotes but this design doesn't have the width for that to be possible and on the other shot of the back (not posted) there's also no socket for the wii sensor bar.

Also there's no ethernet port on the back which would be central to a dev unit for storage and debugging so I'm ruling out dev unit too.

 

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