By now your Wii is probably sitting alone in a corner, collecting dust, weeping. That’s right, feel guilty about you neglected console. But let’s face it, if you live in a multi-console home there are simply less and less reasons to turn on your Wii when the Xbox 360 and PS3 outmatch it at every turn. Especially since the introduction of motion control for these other systems the allure of the Wii has faded.
Nintendo is thinking ahead though, and again they will be the forerunners of a new generation of gaming consoles. Announced today, the Wii is getting a sequel. The as-of-yet unnamed console could be releasing as early as April 2012 and could also be sporting some seriously beefy specs. Kotaku originally leaked some supposed specifications for a new Nintendo project, “Project Cafe” which is thought by many to be the infamous Wii 2. Here’s what they uncovered,
• GPU – Wii 2’s GPU will be a modified version of AMD’s R700 architecture.
• CPU – The CPU will be a custom-designed triple-core version of the IBM PowerPC chipset.
• Visuals – Project Cafe will run in 1080p, and may be able to utilize Stereoscopic 3D, though it hasn’t been confirmed as a feature.
• Size & Design – The console will be around the same size as the first-gen Xbox 360, and may be designed to look like a futuristic looking Super Nintendo.
• Price – Say goodbye to Nintendo having the “budget” console: Project Cafe may cost between 350 and 400 dollars.
• Release Date – Supposedly, the Cafe itself could be ready to ship from the manufacturer to retailers as soon as mid-to-late October, but in order to give developers more time with the new hardware, Nintendo may not launch the console until early 2012.
They are also reporting the system’s controller might be, “a novel controller interface which marries a traditional d-pad-and-buttons scheme with a large touch-screen input.” IGN posted a supposed mock-up,
Of course, all of this is rumor and speculation, like about 95% of the internet. Nintendo is expected to unveil this new console at E3 this June.
A new Wii? With boosted specs will it be enough to finally surpass that incredible machine, PS3? I’d hope so. Nintendo is the grand-daddy of home gaming systems. It would be nice to see it step up with current convenience, like HD video and a more powerful CPU. I need to see Mario is glorious 1080p! And a controller which includes a touchscreen interface? I’m extremely intrigued. While this new Wii will supposedly also work current Wiimotes a touchscreen controller is a step in a very different direction. The Wii was all about motion so I was expecting something similar to the Kinect. But maybe Nintendo’s realized motion controlling is a bit of fad and aren’t relying on it for their next system.
Who knows!? But please begin speculating with us, we’ve only got two months to start guessing and then be proven wrong and be possibly disappointed by E3! Only two months!