As we’re approaching the summer and getting ever closer to E3, it’s no surprise to see more and more rumours and leaks making their way online, one of which is regarding Nintendo’s successor to the Wii So what do we know about the Wii 2 so far and are these rumours far fetched?
Below we have compiled a list of the rumours that we know of so far regarding the Wii 2 so far, these come from respected sites such as CVG and IGN, so there is a fair chance that they could be accurate in some respects, however still take these with a pinch of salt in any case.
Wii 2 Rumours
CVG Were told by unnamed ‘sources’ that the new console will use an entirely new controller and will be more powerful than both the Xbox 260 and PS3. In addition to this, the site was also told that Nintendo would be announcing the Wii successor at this year’s E3 event. Supposedly ‘leading game publishers’ have already been given information on the new console, with launch titles from third party developers already being in production.
CVG also had some information on hardware, specifically the controller. The site said that the machine will utilize an “all-new controller, which industry sources have indicated is not simply an upgraded Wii Remote, and which will even feature a built-in HD screen” Nothing was said about the capabilities of the screen, though.
Meanwhile, IGN’s reported that the console has been codenamed ‘Project Cafe’ and, like CVG, they claimed the console will harness more power than the PS3 and Xbox 360.
IGN also suggested that the controller will make use of the ‘traditional’ dual analogue design and the controller’s display will make use of touch screen features, making the concept more complex than the Dreamcast’s controller, by bringing interactive elements and even streaming full games to the controller.
IGN posted this concept art of the controller;
IGN were told by their ‘sources’ that the controller’s LCD display will be a 6-inch touchscreen and will be positioned in the centre of the shell (as illustrated above). IGN claimed that, if the rumours are true, a controller with an integrated 720p display could cost no less than $80, and hardware complications could mean that the controller would have to cost Nintendo $25 to produce, whereas the Wii remote reportedly costs a mere $6.
GameInformer who were one of the first sources to report the new hardware, said that, whilst the console is capable of running HD games, those sources saying the graphics will be comparable to the PS3 and Xbox 360 may not be correct. Once again, they kept their sources anonymous and were told that “Nintendo is doing this one right” and that the new console is “not a gimmick like the Wii”
CVG’s coverage of the hardware continued, reporting that Blu-Ray.com were told that Nintendo are looking to incorporate a Blu-Ray drive into the new hardware. Whether the games would be sold on Blu-Ray discs or if the drive would be used solely for movie playback, isn’t clear.
French site, 01Net claimed that the device will make use of IBM PowerPC CPU an ATI 700 GPU and at least 512MB of RAM. This would put the hardware fairly close to that of the Xbox 360, which only provides further evidence of other source’s claims that the hardware will compete with the Xbox 360 and PS3.
01Net also said that the machine will be capable of playing both Gamecube and Wii games as well as the library of games made specifically for the new hardware. The three platforms will, together, make use of a touch screen display, a full set of tactile buttons and a front facing camera which will also be incorporated into the controller.
Multiple sources (in fact, most of the sources on the internet) seem to know that Nintendo will announce Project Cafe at E3 2011, before releasing it in 2012.
Once again we suggest that you take everything with a pinch of salt at the moment and we’ll update you with all the information we can get our hands on before everything is made clear in June when Nintendo host their E3 conference.
What do the rumors mean for gamers? Well, the impressive hardware and redesigned controller may throw motion controls in the bin, or at least leave Microsoft and Sony in the dust with new motion capabilities. HD graphics and more powerful guts could right Nintendo’s relationship with third party developers, clearing some of the junk off the shelves. Bye bye Carnival Games.
The new controller, rumored to have 6 inch touch screen, could bring a new realm of interactivity to games, or at least give you something to do during load screens. If Nintendo introduce a new online service, improving social connections with friends, the controller’s screen could serve some use there, displaying something similar to the PS3′s XMB overlay, notifying you of what your friends are doing and letting you check your messages at all times.
Once again, as long as people are speculating, we’ll be reporting, but we wont know for sure until E3, which starts in June.