Monday, June 06, 2011

Wii 2 (Project Cafe) The last set of rumors before E3

Rumors separated by categories:

The System:
  • Uses a custom IBM triple-core CPU running at 3.6GHz per core
  • The development kit contains 1gb RAM, but Nintendo have hinted that the console will actually have 1.5gb
  • Nintendo will be releasing games that will run 1080p natively. Sources say that with Nintendo’s art style and the power the system has, the games look ‘stunning’.
  • The system does run on AMD R700 card, but the architecture is slightly different and the clock speeds are much higher.
  • The System resembles JPN/EU SNES machines in color only and not in shape
  • The development kit is about the size of a 360, not the console
  • Close sources say it’s as if Nintendo is in “damage control” with 3rd party developers. 
  • Nintendo is trying really hard to get 3rd parties on board to develop games and have offered incentives such as not releasing big-title Nintendo games in holiday seasons to compete against 3rd party titles.
  • Nintendo went to many 3rd party developers on guidance on what they were after with the new console in terms of system specs, controller and online system.

The Controller:
  • Nintendo have been keeping this really quiet and have only given developers controller prototypes to start designing games. However, the final controller build with all the features have only been given to Nintendo 1st and 2nd party developers for now.
  • Nintendo had planned on inserting a screen on the controller back when the Gamecube was in development, but opted out due to technology not being advanced enough to be functional
  • The controller that’s been given to developers has a large 5.7inch hd (960x640pixel) screen, 2 analogue sticks, 4 face buttons, 3 middle buttons (select/home/start in that order), 2 shoulder buttons and 2 triggers.
  • The triggers aren’t as deep as the 360’s triggers, but have plenty of push
  • The big thing about the screen is that it’s a multi-touch screen, contains it’s own battery and is detachable from the controller unit
  • The screen when detached contains its own memory so developers can store data on it, so gamers can play whatever the developer designs for the screen-only use
  • When the screen is attached to the controller it works by streaming content directly from the console
  • Nintendo are giving developers ideas other than just having it function as a quick menu screen for games while attached, or as a simple tamagochi-like mini-game when detached
  • The controller contains a gyroscope, but motion controls isn’t the focus of the controller like it was for the Wii

The Games:

  • Nintendo will release a Mario platformer as a launch title which hasn’t been done since the N64.
  • The Mario platformer looks to be the spiritual successor to Mario 64.
  • Gamefreak and EAD are hard at work developing a Pokemon online RPG.
  • The Pokemon RPG is not an MMO, but does have a large online emphasis and will be Nintendo’s flagship title when showing off the online capabilities of the console.
  • There will be at least one new IP Nintendo will reveal at E3.
  • Nintendo is working on a new Zelda, but didn’t reveal anything to developers.

Other Rumors:
  • Some developers have had the Wii 2 dev kit for going on 2 years now. When the Wii 2 is released in late, that’s 3 years to develop games on.
  • Because of such generous development time, Nintendo have pushed 3rd parties to develop high quality games to be released at or near launch.
  • Nintendo have sourced an external company to develop their online network, which the developer has commented, surpasses both the PS3 and 360 in terms of speed and functionality.
  • Nintendo is pushing for the console to be online 24/7 and have seamless online integration with many of their games
  • Friend codes are confirmed to be gone
  • Nintendo has been toying with the idea of a game where the main character is your Mii
  • Nintendo will be pushing their Pokemon RPG to showcase their online network
  • Rockstar are supposedly hard at work in bringing on of their “most popular” titles to the console.


While some of these rumors will probably be true, there is a high chance that most are false. Who knows really?

I can't think of another system unveiling at E3 that was as exciting as this one is turning out to be!


Anonymous said...

i highly dout wii 2 runs any graphics CARD consoles dont have graphics cards pc's do

a graphics processor yes no card in sight like nintendo got a r700 family pc card and slotted it in....

custom gpu and cpu more than likely system on chip and edram

Metaldave said...

That is kind of true if you want to get technical about it. They call it a card because this is the term most people are familiar with.

Cesar said...

After I read all of this I think my heart stopped.

Anonymous said...

MS conference that was shocking BAD how can kinect be taken seriously

S. A. Sterkenburg said...

Yeah, srsly lol, Kinect Kinect Kinect. The Halo news was pretty awesome tho, and MW3 is lookin stellar!

Biohazard said...

Microsoft's E3 press conference was a disaster! They thought it was a great idea starting off the conference with Modern Warfare 3, a game that has been completely overshadowed by Battlefield 3 - before it was even revealed! And then there were the Kinect games. Oh my GOD! I'm a proponent of motion controlling in gaming, but if there's anything that could stifle my support, it would be what we all saw at the conference. I really don't know where to start with this train wreck! Lets start off with Star Wars Kinect. This was was worse than the Wii controls for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. The presentation was slow and insufferable, as the guy demonstrating the game looked like he was about to fall asleep! Seriously, the lightsaber combat and force abilities looked more stiff and contrived than the acting in the prequels! Then we have Peter Molyneux's defected brainchild, Fable. Just when you think Fable III couldn't get any worse, they decided to make an on-rails magic shooter with Fable: The Journey. Thanks to Peter, Microsoft is now facing the same problem as Nintendo when it comes to implementing motion controls, only this time Microsoft is contributing to the problem. Last, we come to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. This was one was promising until they started playing the game with Kinect. I think Kinect's function should be limited to customizing weaponry because that is where it really worked in my opinion. There were other games displayed, but they were just casual garbage, and Mass Effect 3's support is just unnecessary. Why speak out the dialogue option verbatim when you could just press a button.

Sony's press conference is still going on, but it looks miles better than Microsoft's. I expect nothing but greatness from Nintendo's press conference.