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Nintendo Wii: The Nintendo Wii 2 Is Known Internally As ‘Project Cafe’ More Details Emerge

French gaming site 01net, the site which leaked the specifications for Sony’s NGP, has revealed that the successor to the Nintendo Wii is known internally as ‘Project Cafe’.

The site has also backs up recent claims that the controller for the console is a high resolution touch screen device. The console apparently uses architecture similar to that found within Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console.

“The console will include a custom IBM PowerPC CPU with three cores, a GPU from the ATI R700 family with a shader unit at version 4.1, and at least 512Mb of RAM.”

‘Project Café’ will also include backwards compatibility with both the Wii (including all peripherals) and GameCube games.”

“The controller has a six-inch touch screen, a front-facing camera, D-Pad, two bumpers, two triggers and “possibly more,” and can be used as a Wii sensor bar.”


51 thoughts on “Nintendo Wii: The Nintendo Wii 2 Is Known Internally As ‘Project Cafe’ More Details Emerge”

  1. a….touch screen…controler???

    Damn….Nintendo NEVER ceases to amaze me. seriously, the other gaming companies..they lack vision and originality, and rely on their beefed up graphics to make up for it.

    oh Nintendo, I love you so.

  2. At the moment this is simply too mind bogglingly complicated and at the same time innovative for me to properly discern, but my first impression would be that the new gaming possibilities which could be generated from these additions are immense.
    On a side note, I was surprised that Gamecube games will be supported.


  3. I love how Nintendo continues to make it easier for gamers to continue enjoying their past system’s games without the need to keep said systems hooked up and taking up space at one’s entertainment center. Not only backwards compatibility with the Wii, but also the Gamecube. Another lesson from Nintendo to Micro$oft and $ony about how to properly support your fanbase and look to the future while taking care of the past. Can’t wait for E3!

  4. Why would I want a touch screen controller when I’m looking at the tv all the time. I don’t even like gaming on my iphone.

  5. Like omg. I’ve also like heard this new console will have backwards compatibility with everything, it will have new, frighteningly intelligent miis who get mad at how bad you are at games and just take over. Also, there’s gonna be twelve Zelda games at launch and it won’t need to be plugged in. It runs on magic.

  6. I’m not sure I completely buy this. I will admit that I was exited at the concept of a touch screen controller for a console (especially a Nintendo one), but… a camera, 6 inch touch screen, bumpers, control pad and… I mean, the controller would have to be about as big and awkward as the Jaguar controller was. 6 inches is kinda a lot for a controller.

    I’m not saying I don’t believe it, I just have my doubts as to the veracity of this rumor. I’m also of the personal opinion (after much consideration) that a touch screen would add a lot of cost to the controller… but I’m not sure how much game value it would have. I guess, if these rumors are true, I’ll have to trust in Nintendo. Which I do, but the six inch screen makes me very, very nervous.

  7. Wow. I just heard that for some reason the new nintendo console will have the ability to bring the player back in time to play retro video games instead of the ability to download and store them. It could probably do both anyway, it will have have infinitygb of ram.

  8. Actually a controller with a screen is amazing.
    Think about it. Instead of having a quarter of the main screen taken up with a map in Zelda, the map is on the controller screen, meaning the game itself is uncluttered.
    Sounds like a massive battery hog though.

  9. The touch screen controller is what was rumored before the wii came out. There are tons of fake mock ups out there of this concept already.

  10. Wait, didn’t the Wii have a controller that had touch screen controls? Yeah. it was called the DS. What ever happened to all of the DS Wii opportunities? I mean if developers didn’t want to do anything with that, why should they be forced to do it in the next iteration? And since they are, what about DS / DSi compatibility? Can they be used as controller options on this Project Cafe? I wonder…

  11. Well color me surprised. I really did not expect an “announcement” this soon. Nintendo is always innovative and that is what keeps me coming back to the DS, Wii, etc… I mean, a controller with a touch screen and cameras? I’m a bit skeptical about this, but I’m sure Nintendo will figure it out. I just hope that third-party developers do the same. With the Wii, Nintendo had really great games but other developers have to chip in so the console can be successful. I can’t wait to see it come June at the E3.

  12. Wait, a 6 inch touch screen ON THE CONTROLLER? That seems a bit… big. O_o Well, if ANYBODY knows what they’re doing, it’s Nintendo. I guess we’ll have to wait until E3 to find out.

  13. Although I love the idea of the new successor being compatible with Wii and Gamecube game, the only question is: Will you be able to transfer all of your Wii Shop games and DLC from other games?

  14. Its better than not having a gimmick. Some people hate Nintendo for them, I think they make current gaming more diverse.

  15. Wait, what? A controller that is a touch screen? How is that even possible? Sounds too far-fetched for my taste. I really wish this is not true.

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  18. I consider myself loyal to Nintendo products, as I’m sure many here do. I have no doubt that project café will have innovation beyond what anyone is expecting. However, my reservations lie at its processing power. It takes years to develop this technology, but, I feel the end product should not have the original processing and graphics power that it was initially conceived with. Chances are, even if you run out and buy one immediately, you won’t be able to get your hands on one until this time 2013. Most of the technology stated has already been running in the HD consoles for years. The goal should not to be to catch up to the competition, but to be on par with what the competition has planned for the future. If Nintendo fails to do this, they run a significant chance of having their latest designs be relegated to merely a gimmick, much like the Wii was considered by some. Nintendo may dominate the gaming market in sales, but is should destroy its competition in the meantime.

    1. This is where my concerns lie as well. I was hoping Nintendo would announce a console marginally better than the PS3, not XBOX. I’m keeping my hopes up that Nintendo’s next console is more powerful than rumors suggest.

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  20. It probably won’t have 3D, Nintendo themselves said they have no plans for that for home consoles.

    But all I can say is two things:

    1. I’m waiting until firm evidence from Nintendo or a reliable source to believe this. Because none of the sites talking about it have said anything other than ‘an anonymous source’, which could be completely unreliable or even playing a prank on them for all I know.

    2. If Nintendo does go the route indicated by the features the rumours give out, they’ve officially put themselves into a bad spot business wise. Remember, Nintendo themselves know that you can’t have a sustainable console business only aimed at the ‘hardcore’, and to compete with Sony and Microsoft on a console level could actually kill the industry as far as the mainstream cares. Goes right against their strategy of disruption too.

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  22. It feels like 1995 all over again! I just hope they do it right and have some BAD ASS launch tiles! I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!

  23. Ok, I know i’m getting this system on day 1 for a few reasons

    1. Backwards Compatibility. It’s not only backward compatible with over 1,300 wii games, but also backward compatible with all 600 some Gamecube games. Giving this system at launch a good library of about 2,000 games.

    2. It’s graphical capabilities. This thread is a bit old, so it says that the Project cafe’s graphical powers are going to be “on par” with the xbox and ps3. New reports from ign state that project cafe’ will actually be a LOT more powerful than it’s competitors. Giving it a hard core edge.

    3. The controller. I mean come on, a controller with a 6″ screen on it? Who doesn’t want that? Plus, It’s capable of streaming FULL games and/or applications for project cafe’. Who knows, mabye you can take your Gamecube and Wii games on the go too.

    4. The games. No doubt Nintendo is going to release some pretty badass 1st party games for project cafe’,(Mario, Zelda, Pikmin) But it’s been rumored that Nintendo is trying to make deals with companies that make hard core games for hard core consoles. Their could be a new Fallout for project cafe’ in the future..

    So overall, It sounds like a great console to me. And Nintendo says that it will announce something even better about what this thing can do at E3. What else could Nintendo still have up their sleeve? Just what we know now is a good enough to get me to buy one. Can’t wait ’till E3.

  24. The codename should have been something like the “revolutionary dolphin” or sumthin like that.. And they better not name it wii2 or even the now rumored name, stream. Really? Nintendo seemed to abbandon cool names at gamecube and instead chose preverted names. E3 is gonna be soon..

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