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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

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

Good ol’ Twitter is always the host of teases these days, and Project Café is no exception. Here’s a summary of what Nintendo Life has had to say about the new hardware:

“All we can say so far is: don’t believe everything you read online. Other than from us, of course. May hear solid details next week…”

In addition, they basically seem to discredit the name ‘Project Café’ and say that it would be stupid for Nintendo to have a touch screen on their controller. Or perhaps they’re hinting that the DS will be the controller. I don’t even know anymore…

“Nintendo is a Japanese company. Why would a secret project have a French name?”

“Nintendo has sold more handheld consoles than anyone. Why have a controller with a screen in? Why not use DS?”

After one of their tweety bird followers asked them how significant the details they knew were, all Nintendo Life had to say was this:

“Significant enough that we can’t reveal what they are.”

And lastly, look at this conversation between their tweety bird and some tweety bird follower of theirs:

Via Wii HD Rumors

Looking for more news about Project Café? Well, we may just have the answer for you. Next week is Nintendo’s annual investor’s meeting, and pretty much every year we get new information out of it, so I would be surprised if there wasn’t at least a mention of this “Project Café” nonsense that everyone is all hot and bothered about.

Watch out for it on April 25th!

Via The Gaf

It’s funny how, just a week ago, you would have been ridiculed if you said that Nintendo’s next console is codenamed “Project Café.” But that’s where we’re at right now. In just four days, a ton of Wii 2 rumors surfaced thanks to just one report from Game Informer. Speculation about the console’s specs, controller, and other features have been “leaked” thanks to anonymous sources. Some reports have looked more valid than others, though the common consensus at the moment seems to be that the system’s controller will feature a screen of its own and may have the ability to stream content.

With that information in mind, fans have created their own concept images of what they believe the Wii 2 will look like. Most of the images above focus only on the controller – which, thus far, is one of the more intriguing aspects about the system. You can check out the complete set of mockup photos in the gallery above.

Source 1, Source 2

It’s almost 10:45 AM here, and we’re already up to three “Wii 2/Wii HD” stories. Anyone want to take a guess as to how many we’ll finish with by the end of today? Anyway, on to the matter at hand…

01Net has posted another batch of Wii successor rumors. Again, these are the folks that leaked specs for the NGP. That doesn’t mean that the content below is true, of course.

– Codenamed “Project Café”
– E3 2011 reveal
– Architecture is very similar to the Xbox 360
– Café is a bit more powerful than the 360
– Easy to port Xbox 360 games
– Retro-compatible with GameCube and Wii games
– Should support all Wii peripherals
– Specs: CPU is custom IBM PowerPC with three cores, GPU should be an ATI from the R700 family, with a shader unit at version 4.1, RAM should be at least 512 Mb
– Controller is a touch tablet, moderate graphic output (sub-HD, not like an iPad)
– Controller specs: 6-inch screen, single touch, front camera, acts as a Wii sensor bar, d-pad, two bumpers, two triggers, possibly more
– June 2012 release in Japan, Holiday 2012 release in the West
– Another big surprise for the console that can’t be discussed yet


The following information comes from EDGE. Like every other rumor we’ve posted on the site thus far, be circumspect of the speculation…

– Ubisoft, Activision, EA are among the third-parties working on the console
– These studios have had development units for months
– System retains motion controls
– Its capabilities are “better than Move”
– Unclear if a camera is involved with the console’s motion abilities