136w ago - Today Nintendo has confirmed (PDF) 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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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.
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.
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
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.