Nintendo Confirm Wii’s Successor in 2012

25 April, 2011 - 9:09 am by

After weeks of frantic rumours from all parts of the internet, Nintendo have today confirmed that the Wii’s successor will be made available at E3 this year, which is held between the 7-9 June 2011. A playable demo will be available to all attendees and the system will be launched in 2012 – well before their competitors and with a very small lead time compared to normal home console systems.

Nintendo Japan have announced the Wii 2 on the back of their end of year results, which shows a significant decrease in their profits, more details can be seen here.

The Wii 2 is rumoured to be called Project Café according to the gaming giant, IGN, and will boast the following specs:

GPU – Wii 2’s GPU will be a modified version of AMD’s R700 architecture.
CPU – The CPU will be a custom-designed triple-core version of the IBM PowerPC chipset.
Visuals – Project Cafe will run in 1080p, and may be able to utilize Stereoscopic 3D, though it hasn’t been confirmed as a feature.
Size & Design – The console will be around the same size as the first-gen Xbox 360, and may be designed to look like a futuristic looking Super Nintendo.
Price – Say goodbye to Nintendo having the “budget” console: Project Cafe may cost between 350 and 400 dollars.
Release Date – Supposedly, the Cafe itself could be ready to ship from the manufacturer to retailers as soon as mid-to-late October, but in order to give developers more time with the new hardware, Nintendo may not launch the console until early 2012.

This will make Project Café significantly more powerful than any of the home consoles currently on the market. Unfortunately this has not been confirmed by any other sources and Nintendo have so far not commented. This will be a big departure from the current Wii format, especially in relation to the price. However, we have only a couple of months left before the full announcement is made.