Wii 2, code-named Project Cafe, will have tablet controller?

Rumors peg Nintendo's next console as having "iPad with buttons" for a controller; Wii backwards compatibility reportedly confirmed.

Source: British site CVG and French site 01net.com.

What we heard: Yesterday, the game-industry news matrix was roiled by rumors that Nintendo may unveil the Wii's successor at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. Hot on the heels of that speculation comes new purported details about the new console, the existence of which has not been confirmed by Nintendo.

Rumors about the Wii's successor are reaching critical mass.

According to CVG's sources, the new console's controller will sport "built-in" HD video screens. "Nintendo's plans sound unreal," the source said. "Publishers are already planning launch titles, and it's all very exciting. The hardware is even more powerful than current HD consoles and backwards compatible with Wii."

But that's not all. According to 01net.com, the controller will be a tablet, or an "iPad with buttons." The French site also reports the console--apparently code-named Project Cafe--will have a beefy triple-core IBM CPU, not unlike that of the Xbox 360, making porting games to the console easier than before. Indeed, the site reports that Nintendo is making third-party outreach a major priority for its next console, given the perception the Wii was slanted in favor of first-party software.

The official story: Nintendo had not commented as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not enough evidence to go either way. However, the sudden onrush of information points to a leak somewhere--whether it's legit will be determined in the coming weeks.

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LanceCypher
LanceCypher

@annoyingdevil You might as well say that the DS's touck screen s only useful for drawing games, even though it's used in some way on every single game the system has to offer(to my knowledge).

ajsp75
ajsp75

too late, nintendo is no longer relevant for serious gaming. and the other consoles now offer casual gaming...you're done!

zapo07
zapo07

Hopefully Nintendo has just been cheap in order to get money for their new system... watch them blow us out of the water with something incredible at E3 O__o

dinslacck
dinslacck

if Nintendo did launch their next console on 2011 or 2012 then when sony and micorsoft launch their console it will be in UHD (ultra HD) while nintendo still using HD.. Nintendo will be wiped out, again..

samedizombie
samedizombie

Always makes me chuckle when alledged "gamers" start dissing anything Nintendo puts out especially as the Wii wiped the floor with Xbox & PS3, going in a direction they never even dreamed of.

snappytomdory
snappytomdory

I've stuck by Nintendo through the worst of times and i always will, if Zelda didn't exist though i would of ditched it years ago. God i hope this tablet controller thing isn't true, that would be god awful to play with.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

GOD nintendo will you ever just make a actual gaming console ever again??? quit with the toys already

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

I'd like to think Nintendo could push something out more considerably powerful than its then previous-generation competitors, but I guess we'll see... Either way, I doubt this is true. I can't imagine having a screen in my hands in addition to the TV in front of me. It's not like a DS, where the screens are inches apart. This would just be exhausting.

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

If they are doing this, I just hope that this tablet is just an option, and not part of the standard controller.

chimpmeister
chimpmeister

More gimmicks to try to sell lame underpowered hardware. EPIC FAIL again, Nintendo. That's 3 in a row, strikeout! Oh, and no Nintendo console for the past 10 years has been competitive in terms of hardware, no reason to expect that to change. They cheap out on the hardware components, and it shows in the games, which look pretty bad.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I certainly expect that Nintendo's next console will have HD graphics and processing capability at least on par with the top tier consoles today. Beyond that it's just fun to speculate.

spooky57571
spooky57571

People, this article means nothing, it's pure speculation..........

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

@ManiacKawaii yeah 90% of the Wii is 3rd party minigame games that just murder the console for me..... the bad thing is nintendo has fallen prey to the money it brings and may continue on the Cafe..... i just hope that is not the case.

ManiacKawaii
ManiacKawaii

I like nintendo for being innovative though this talk about making third-party priority keeps me concerned..I mean what are best games on wii? Super Smash Mario Brawl; Super Mario Galaxy; Zelda series..the only good third-party I could recall are No More Heroes and Resident Evil 4 hardware being more powerful than current gen sounds possible, though I wonder why they'd do that? It'll only boost wii 2's price and as we know graphics weren't always nintendo's major sell point.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

Sounds like it'll cost an arm and a leg if it's true.

junglist101
junglist101

I can guarantee that the next Wii will be much more expensive then the current version. Makes sense though because they have a huge base of current wii owners and fans, many of which are casual gamers, who will buy the Wii2 regardless of the price. Pretty genius on the part of Nintendo. I'm kinda excited to see more and I'm not a big Wii fan.

decepticondevil
decepticondevil

@fillup0- You're telling the leader in console sales to take note from the guys bringing up the rear? Hah!

fillup0
fillup0

I like what the Sony did with the PS3. Normal joypad with an optional gyroscope. Take note, Nintendo, stop trying to make gimmicks to earn you a quick buck!

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

What was wrong with something along the lines of...I dunno, the Classic Controller? Come on...

0_demo_0
0_demo_0

@illage2 Well the only problem with that is Apple isn't currently the only company with a tablet pc. SO are you meaning that every company will file a patent claim against each other? Their is the Apple iPad, Motorola Xoom, and others I do believe.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

Maybe Nintendo can earn my money. when this console comes out.

illage2
illage2

@zequex I was talking specifically about the Tablet controller. Apple will probably file a patent cliam against nintendo.

athenian29
athenian29

A tablet would be pretty hard on the arms - those things are not meant for marathon usage, even more so than motion controls. I'll wait until I see it in action before I get too excited, but it is Nintendo - if they don't deserve the benefit of the doubt, nobody does.

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

When I first heard about the Wii controller I thought it would suck! I was pleasantly suprised, so I have faith that Nintendo will do a great job with their next gen controller. BUT, if they make a controller that is a tablet/touch screen it is going to be insanely priced.I guarantee it.

IAPrino
IAPrino

I will have this thing at launch. With plenty of money made from the Wii, and plenty of time for R&D, this thing should be affordable and pack plenty of features. I am very excited for E3. I would really even like to go to this one.

rarson
rarson

The last thing I would want to control games with is an iPad. The DS setup works pretty well. I like having the extra screens and stylus capabilities. If anything, a small touchscreen like the bottom DS screen might be useful, but it still has to be a well thought-out, ground-up design. Touchscreen-only controls would prevent me from buying it.

zequex
zequex

@illage2 in that case, shouldn't Apple be sued by all the companies that made tablets before them? but if we are talking about touch screen gaming specifically, since the DS was out YEARS before the iPhone I guess Nintendo should be able to sue Apple for everything their worth, right?

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

@mtait01 - All you are doing is comparing two different games. Pointing out that you prefer Battlefield over COD. @dawnofhero - has the correct definition of casual & hardcore gamers.

shkar
shkar

whatever !!!!!!!!!

illage2
illage2

I don't think there will be a HD screen, what if the controller allows you to plug in the 3DS into the controller and use it that way? It would be a lot cheaper to manufature, which means it would be a lot cheaper on release date. However by the time the 7th gen consoles are history, the new PS4 and Xbox 720 would be a lot more powerful, so could PC's.

illage2
illage2

I bet that Apple will file a lawsuit against Nintendo for the Tablet controller, oh poor nintendo you have lost out before you even begun. The only Wii games I own are Resident evil 4 and Metroid Prime trilogy.

gobbo00
gobbo00

@ishan9 Well the PSP came out a year before the PS3 & the NGP comes out this year. I expect an announcement by the years end for both the new Xbox & Playstation. I predict the Xbox spec's to be: AMD 6 core (ie: 3 core 2X PE per core) custom APU bult on bulldozer artchitecture. Coupled with a custom dual GPU based on the 6950 with a lower clock speed. 4 Gig of 1600MHz DDR3 Ram (with a expansion slot for another 4 Gig 3 years down the line). Dual 500gb HDD running in RAID 0. And a HD DVD drive tri-layer disc's for reatil (anti-piracy).

ishan9
ishan9

could anyone give be a estimated date of the ps4.i dont think it will release soon because the ps3 is finall catching up,good games being released and hdtvs are still very popular

ishan9
ishan9

i thought the ps4 and the next xbox wouldnt be released before 2016

gobbo00
gobbo00

"apparently code-named Project Cafe--will have a beefy triple-core IBM CPU, not unlike that of the Xbox 360". So cheap and old just like the Wii was on release then, pass then more interested in the PS4 & next box.

redskinStu
redskinStu

So what will the price be for that thing? $150 for a controller? $200? $500?

mtait01
mtait01

@annoyingdevil I like your point about casual and hardcore gamers, I say casual gamers play COD... hardcore gamers play Battlefield - a much much better game

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@annoyingdevil Your definition of 'casual' is completely flawed. 'Casual' gamers are gamers who only play a couple times a week due to boredom, other hobbies/interests, etc., whereas 'hardcore' gamers make time to play everyday and complete their games and find every secret and unlock every thing they can possibly unlock in the game. Example, 'casual' gamers are gamers who haven't beaten, let's say, Super Mario 64, whereas 'hardcore' gamers can play Super Mario 64 in their heads they've beaten it so many times.

4quarters
4quarters

Complete B.S.,not an ounce of truth here....

steve4123456789
steve4123456789

@Ardiendo_1 yeah but they probably have small children getting wiped well making them in Vietnam, or China its very different in the Uk on how they produce things lol

mtait01
mtait01

Tablets look like they are the future of computers

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

it might be better then current PS and XBox consoles but then straight after the next PS and xbox will smash the topnam out of the wii 2

torbonator
torbonator

unconfirmed no point bothering too take notice of anything to do with this till E3..... they may as well have just said it was a toaster for all it matters

mardinn
mardinn

Legend Of Zelda.. in HD.. Bring it ON!