With E3 just around the corner it’s not entirely unusual to see plenty of confidential information leak ahead of E3 press conferences. Whether this information is legit is anyone’s guess, but there’s certainly quite a few interesting titbits that’s sure to excite many if this list of Project Cafe related information is true. What do you guys think, plain fake or legitimate information?
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Those news hounds over at CVG have composed a list of rumours that they’ve heard concerning this years E3 event. What is exciting is that they have heard word from a source over at Nintendo who has revealed that there’s a brand new Mario game on its way and it will be shown off at E3 next week. The source has hinted that the game will be on Project Cafe but that’s all that’s known at the moment. Who’s betting Mario will be a launch title for Cafe?
We’ve also heard another little whisper from our Ninty sources – that Super Mario 3DS won’t be the only new Mario title to be shown off in Los Angeles. Could we be looking at a Super Mario Galaxy for the next, next generation?
E3 whispers list
GUN, the largest consultancy firm dedicated to gaming, has told online gaming publication Industry Gamers that Nintendo will not be able to achieve the same level of success that they had with the Wii. GNU claim that Nintendo simply will not be able to capture the same market that engaged in the Wii phenomenon. Do you think Nintendo can achieve the same level of interest with Project Cafe as it did with the Wii?
“The thing is, Nintendo has to convince third parties to put their best hardcore games on this new platform or else it will just be a disappointing Wii 2,” says Dan Hsu, former EGM Editor-in-Chief, GUN consultant and co-founder of Bitmob.
“If Project Cafe can secure superior versions of Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto, for example, then the core gamers will get on board. From there, it’ll be easy to convince the casual consumers to get on the bandwagon as well. Problem is Nintendo’s platforms haven’t been great for hardcore third-party titles for quite some time now.”
“Judging from the controller prototypes that we’ve seen so far, I don’t think Nintendo’s trying to replicate the Wii’s casual-market success with Project Cafe – and if it is, I’m worried,” comments Demian Linn, another consultant for GUN and co-founder of Bitmob.
“Rather, this looks like an attempt to create a console that bridges this generation and the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation; with the hope that Cafe’s install base will be large enough when those new boxes launch those publishers will keep Cafe as the lead platform and port titles to the other hardware”
“If Nintendo wants to continue to show positive growth in the causal market, I think they need to allow for the free-to-play model within their marketplace,” notes Wes Keltner, co-founder of GUN. “They don’t have to rely on big publishers like EA to make this happen.”
“This could generate a very unique opportunity for titles from the indie dev crowd via Wii-ware. The free-to-play model is showing a phenomenal growth curve both in participation from gamers and revenue for publishers. If Nintendo passes on this opportunity, it would be a huge missed opportunity for ‘Project Cafe’.”
We already know that the buzz surrounding Nintendo forthcoming console is reaching fever pitch, but how many people are thinking about purchasing the console?
According to consumer research group Nielsen “buzz” for Project Cafe pre-E3 is significantly higher than buzz for Project Natal/Kinect at a similar point before last year’s show. Nielsen has also revealed that interest in the console is also higher than that of the Nintendo 3DS before it launched in March. The dissapointing news is that only 27% of surveyed individuals said they’d be interested in buying Project Cafe within six months of release, compared to 25% and 24% for Microsoft and Sony’s currently unannounced next-gen efforts. Clearly these alleged figures will change dramatically once the console is shown for the first time at E3 next week.
An investigative sleuth over at the Neogaf forums has uncovered what appears to be a ‘final specifications’ document for Nintendo’s forthcoming console which is currently dubbed Project Cafe. Whilst it’s highly likely that the specification sheet is a fake, it’s not unusual for confidential information to leak out this close to E3. What do you guys and girls think, legit or just plain fake?
It sounds like a given but according to Telewatcher the Virtual Console on Project Cafe will feature an array of HD remastered titles. Whilst this HD update won’t apply to all Virtual Console games, certain high profile titles will receive an HD upgrade. According to the source you will be able to transfer your existing Virtual Console purchases over to Project Cafe but if you want a high definition version of a game you’ve already purchased you’ll have to buy the said game again. Do you believe we will get to play classics such as Mario 64 in HD?
With this years E3 conference soon upon us online gaming publication IGN have posted their personal E3 predictions. Whilst there are plenty of interesting discussions regarding what the different platform holders will showcase at the event, IGN are still on the fence regarding whether or not The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will become a Nintendo Wii 2 launch title. Are you guys thinking it will remain on the Wii, or will it be moved to Project Cafe? Alternatively it could feature on both consoles like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Whatever Nintendo decides to do let’s hope they make the right decision.
Nintendo’s got a tough decision to make with Skyward Sword. On one hand the company has set this precedent before, when Twilight Princess was shifted from the GameCube to be a Wii launch title. On the other hand, we won’t see the new Nintendo system till 2012, which means the Wii is looking at a pretty barren release schedule this fall if Skyward Sword gets taken out of the mix. This one could definitely go either way.
IGN E3 predictions