Nintendo Confirms New Console for 2012

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Nintendo has released an official statement confirming a new console, codenamed “Project Cafe”, will be playable at E3 2011. No details on the new Nintendo console have been announced except for the fact that it will arrive in 2012. The company promises to announce the console’s specs and more during the annual industry trade show later in June.

Here’s the statement from Nintendo:

“Nintendo has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.

We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.”

While Nintendo hasn’t revealed any further details on the alleged Wii 2, which is codenamed “Project Cafe,” there are a number of reports about the system’s specifications, including the word from IGN’s sources that the Nintendo project will “out perform the PlayStation 3’s NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor. Like the Xbox 360, the system’s CPU will be a custom-built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset, but the clocking speeds will be faster.” Supposedly, the system will support 1080p output with the potential for stereoscopic 3D as well, granting it the additional nickname “Wii HD”. Price-wise, Project Cafe is predicted to retail for between $350 and $400.


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