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It’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it (actually, not really, but it feels like the rumors have been floating around forever)? Just like the 3DS, Nintendo has sent out a brief press release a short while ago confirming that they are working on a new console. The company actually hasn’t confirmed much at all other than the fact that it is launching next year and that it will be playable at E3. I think that’s pretty darn significant! Time to start counting down to E3…

We already told you about the “Cafe” folder on Nintendo’s developers/publishers site, though look what was uncovered on the same domain…

There’s no denying that the “Project Cafe” codename is picking up steam. It definitely sounds like that might be the real deal.


Update: Nintendo has officially confirmed that they are working on the Wii’s successor. You can check out a couple of details here.

WarioWorld is a website created for developers/publishers working on Nintendo platforms. It’s possible to detect some of the folders that exist on the site, as “wii”, “nitro” and “ctr” all direct you to the homepage. Understandably, bogus names will only lead to a 404 area.

So it’s interesting that “cafe” seems to work. This could be a small indication that Nintendo’s next console is indeed codenamed “Project Cafe.” Because Nitro is accessible, it’s clear that codenames are accepted. It probably would have been more helpful had someone discovered the “cafe” URL prior to the initial rumors, but this is still a very interesting find.


Shigeru Miyamoto has been asked about the Wii’s successor over the past few days due to a ton of speculation about Project Cafe. Yesterday, he said that “it’s a matter of when we announce it” and that we should “be patient.”

Miyamoto was once again asked if there is any truth to the recent Wii 2 rumors in an interview with Dutch website Sp!ts. While he didn’t reveal anything specifically, Miyamoto did indicate that it is a logical step for Nintendo to move on to HD since a large percentage of households have an HD television, and echoed previous statements by the company that the console will offer something totally different. You can check out the full Google translated response below.

“I may not tell you, but to us it is of course a logical step to doing something with HD. The number of households with a HD television is now big enough to make an HD game console. And of course we are always busy anyway with the development of new consoles. We focus not only on HD and the next system will feature something totally different than usual.”

Thanks to Jake for the tip!

This information comes from Shigeru Miyamoto…

“Don’t ask! Even when the Wii launched we were developing new hardware, work on 3DS had already started. It’s a matter of when we announce it. Please wait. Be patient until we decide.”

Next week will be very, very interesting. Most Nintendo fans are assuming we’ll hear something about Project Cafe (or Stream… or Wii 2… whatever) at the company’s investor’s meeting next week, though that has not been confirmed. Even if Nintendo does acknowledge the console, I wouldn’t expect them to reveal many details until E3. I just want them to confirm the console’s existence!


Yesterday, French site Game Blog posted a short snippet from an interview they conducted with Shigeru Miyamoto, which confirmed that Nintendo is trying their best to release Mario 3DS this year. The full interview has now been posted on the site, and the folks on NeoGAF were kind enough to translate the important bits. Miyamoto shared some very interesting information (including a comment on Project Cafe), so I recommend you check out the details below.

– Miyamoto says he’s working on a new Zelda, a new Mario, Mario Kart 3DS, and a new Pikmin
– Nintendo making new AR Games for the 3DS
– Miyamoto didn’t say if these new AR Games will be retail releases or downloadable
– Miyamoto reconfirmed that Nintendo intends to celebrate Zelda’s 25th anniversary just like they did for Mario
– Many products/merchandising for Zelda’s anniversary (unclear if this means games or CD/books)
– Miyamoto on Project Cafe rumors: Nintendo always working on new hardware and “where there’s smoke there’s fire”, but “you shouldn’t believe everything you read [on the internet]”.
– Miyamoto considering entrusting the younger teams with traditional characters such as Mario and Zelda, so he can get more time to work for himself

Source 1, Source 2

Although the latest Nintendo Voice Chat podcast didn’t bring in any new rumors about the Wii’s successor, IGN’s Rich George did admit that their mockup image of the system’s controller wasn’t exactly spot on. According to George, the mockup is “slightly inaccurate.” Here’s how the controller was described on the podcast:

– 6 inch touchscreen placed between grips
– Grips have one or two analog sticks
– Two are more likely since it’s supposedly GameCube compatible
– Some face buttons
– Some triggers
– IGN took a touchscreen and slapped it on a Classic Controller Pro, which is a little different from what IGN is hearing
– A lot of people are referring to it as an iPad set in the middle of a controller
– Rich thinks this is also slightly inaccurate since an iPad is sort of its own device, can play games on its own
– The Wii 2 controller, however, is like a shell that receives data from the console

Project Café “images”

Posted on 6 years ago by (@NE_Austin) in News, Wii U | 0 comments | 0 Likes

I don’t believe that these are real any more than I believe that Miyamoto will show up at my house and personally ferry me away to E3 to play the ‘Wii 2’, but SOMEONE is saying they’re real, and I think they’re interesting enough to post! Even if Valay does hate all these baseless rumors… 😉

What would you guys think of this sort of design for Project Café?


I came really, really close to not posting this since I personally don’t believe it’s happening, but I thought I might as well add it here for the sake of completion. And yes, the source is from the same website that leaked the NGP specs (we’ve told you about that before). I’m still having trouble believing the following, though…

– Rockstar has a dev kit
– Company is making GTA V, won’t be a Wii 2-exclusive
– Rockstar would like to have the game ready for launch
– Late 2012 launch
– Tech demos and some games will be shown at E3 in June

As always, you should take these rumors with a huge grain of salt. Hopefully we’ll get clarification on a few things if Nintendo says anything about the console at their investor’s meeting next week.

Source 1, Source 2

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