Like some top-secret mission out of a spy movie, it’s so far undercover that it has its own code name. Mysteriously known as “Project Cafe,” Nintendo’s upcoming Wii 2 console may be available at retailers as soon as this October. When delivered to store shelves, the new machine will carry a MSRP between $350 and $400. Both gamers and industry analysts are anxiously awaiting the upcoming E3 2011 conference (June 7-9), when Nintendo will unveil the new game machine to the public.
Wii R the Champions
“Project Cafe” started as an Internet rumor, but a recent announcement from Nintendo (and some convincingly official leaked images) confirmed it. Aside from the fact that this is Nintendo’s very first high-definition, Blu-Ray-disc-enabled game machine, the most striking detail about the Wii 2 (which some speculate could be called “Nintendo Stream”) is its controller. In addition to the usual keypad and operational buttons, the controller also features a high-resolution display that incorporates touch-screen functionality.
That’s right, touch-screen technology, just like the Nintendo DS and 3DS. Although it may be overwhelming the first time you think of the possibilities this controller could provide, the display screen makes perfect sense when you consider the various ways it could be used. (Some reports indicate that the system will enable the streaming of games to each controller.)
Insiders say that the system will be able to deliver more graphics-processing power than the PlayStation 3. In addition, the Wii 2’s computer (a custom-designed triple-core IBM PowerPC) is reported to offer faster processing times than the Xbox 360. Aside from its ability to deliver on these performance claims, the biggest current mystery concerns when the Wii 2 will actually be available at retailers and what the system and the games will cost. Some industry talk holds that Nintendo’s manufacturer will have enough console units ready for an October 2011 roll-out, while other voices suggest that Nintendo will hold to an early 2012 timeline, thereby allowing for one more holiday season to sell the original Wii.
The exact specs of the Wii 2 console will be released at E3. These official-looking devkit specs have been making the rounds on video-game sites and fan forums. Could this be Nintendo’s next machine? We’ll have to find out at E3. (Double-click on the specs to see a higher-resolution image.)
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