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In the hours following our story confirming the existence of a new Nintendo console boasting high definition graphics, the rumor floodgates have opened. Numerous news outlets and website have published their own reports from unnamed sources in the game industry, each with slightly different intel. We've sifted through all the stories and have summarized them in this Rumor Roundup.The HardwareMost of today's information comes from an article published on the French website 01net.com via a story on Develop Online. As Destructoid notes, 01net was also the first to break the story on Sony's NGP handheld in advance of that announcement. The 01net story quotes a "very reliable" source who claims to have inside information on the technology powering Nintendo's next console. The original article was published in French, but user on the popular Gaming Age forums translated it and posted a bullet point summary. The report says the new console is codenamed "Project Cafe" internally and will be revealed at E3 2011. According to the source, the “CPU is a 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." These specs are fairly comparable to the Xbox 360's internal architecture, but as Destructoid noted in its report, the 4.1 shader support would be an improvement over the 360's 3.0 shader support. These internal similarities would also make porting titles from the 360 to this new Nintendo console a much simpler process.Kotaku's sources indicate the new console is powerful than other current-gen systems, but it's unknown if that just refers to the aforementioned improved shader support. IGN's report added one other important tidbit: its unnamed source said the system delivers full 1080p HD resolutions, which is welcome news to HDTV owners. IGN's sources also said that the unit is fully backwards compatible with Wii software. This jibes with Develop's claim that the unit "support[s] all Wii peripherals." French webiste 01net says that GameCube backwardscompatibility is also in the plans.The ControllerYesterday, we ran a story based on a CVG report claiming the new Nintendo controller has a built-in HD screen. Today, all reports seem to indicate that the screen is a reality, but there is some question as to whether it's HD or not. The 01net story indicated that there would be a screen, but that it would feature "sub-HD" graphics. However, it said that the screen will be a six-inch "one-touch" (as opposed to multi-touch) touchscreen.The controller unit has been compared to "iPad with buttons" by Destructoid, but its report stresses that the screen is much less costly and doesn't offer the same level of "power or performance" as the iPad's touchscreen.More conventional controller inputs surround the touchscreen: a d-pad, L and R bumpers, two triggers, and "possibly more." The unit has a front-facing camera and will also have motion controls. However, the Wii sensor bar has been integrated into the controller, so you would only need the controller itself for Wii remote functions.The DiscLike past Nintendo systems, the console is disc-based. In fact, Blu-ray.com has heard from a source that Nintendo is "considering" using Blu-ray (which Sony helped develop and currently uses in the PlayStation 3) as the system's disc format.The FutureWhile all the above information is unconfirmed, most of the reports we've seen, including our original story, seem to agree on most of the leaked features and specs powering the new Nintendo console. It's extremely likely the unit will be revealed at this year's Nintendo E3 press conference. Most reports seem to concur that Nintendo is targeting a 2012 release, probably a mid-summer release in Japan and later in the year in the U.S. and western territories.In addition, the 01net source said there was yet another "big surprise" regarding the unit and its feature set that has yet to leak, but refused to reveal it. In any case, these next few months look to be very interesting for Nintendo fans.
We'd like to reiterate that Nintendo has not released any official word on the new console, or confirmed any of our or other media outlet's report. There is often a "feeding frenzy" mentality that develops in the wake of a story of this magnitude, so it's entirely likely that at least some of the claims being presented are either wrong or significantly distorted.
For reaction from industry insiders on the news, check out this story by Game Informer's Phil Kollar
IGN's news director Jim Reilly just dropped a few bits of new information on the new Nintendo system's controller.This new information came via Reilly's Twitter account. His first tweet said "There will be first and third party 'Wii 2' games at E3. No clue if they'll be playable." This
was quickly followed by two more updates, "Dual analog sticks on the
controller. Can stream game content from the console. Not sure if it'll
be full games, mini-games, or apps." and "New Nintendo controller allows
players to stream entire games to the device from the console -- like a
miniature television."When some of his followers questioned the
validity of the claims he responded, "No, I'm not trolling. Calm down.
If it's on the site it's legit info we heard."We checked the last update
to the IGN story, and it echoed his comments about the game streaming
to the controller, but did not mention the dual analog sticks or "Wii 2"
games being at E3. We'll keep an eye out for further updates.
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It just occured to me that the controller for this new system sounds awfully similar to the Dreamcast's controller.
Now I'm really interested...as if I wasn't already wicked excited for E3 already...
Making a console now that is as good as 360 and PS3 is good for now but what happens in 2 or 3 years when the big boys get even bigger and better? This new console will be outdated after a few years! Lets hope they know what they are doing. LOL
Interested to see how this plays out...
every time game companies think they are finally coming out on top nintendo comes in and sets a new bar
this sounds cool but i see two major issues
1.) Games. The number 1 reason why i don't have a Wii is because the third party releases suck and Nintendo doesnt release enough stuff themselves.
2.) The controller. Sounds cool on paper but after giving it 5 seconds of thought is probably the dumbest and most overly ambitous idea ever. Why? Cost. Sounds like the controller would cost 100 to 200 bucks to replace, so hopefully if you buy this thing you wont havent any friends and wont break your controller. Im calling b.s. on the controller part, because any accountant that would honestly let that idea go through knowing how much it would cost to replace a controller would have to be executed via firing squad.
well they do lkk intrest in what fans say but here another intreg what about streaming turok or donkey kong 64 or dame extreme g dude kool game that shouls of been added t the wii shop channel a long time ago
The screen on the controller sounds retarded and pointless. On top of that. They are made for the CASUAL gamer not the HARDCORE gamer. Much more revenue in the casual. Do not expect a system that is going to BLOW away the PS3/360. PS3 is only half way of its life cycle as the 360 is peaked and already working on another system. I am sure it will be a tiny step forward but remember the Wii is only catching up to the other consoles. Not passing it.
all news is good news!!!!!
So they're basically just edging out current competition, with hardly a backing of third-party content. Yeah, they'll need a lot more news before this picks up.
Color me intrigued. I'm not buying that controller nonsense--perhaps a smaller 4 or 5-inch screen would work. It sounds kinda like an NGP with trigger buttons instead of a back trackpad.
I'm lookin' forward to what Nintendo's offering...
Better start saving money. And if its backwards compatible, that's also a big plus
I'm intrigued but not sold. The controller sounds extremely costly, but I appreciate the move to HD. I already have a PS3 and Xbox, what more will Nintendo offer to move me to their new system? Regardless, I'm glad to see them stepping closer to the "real" gamer audience.
Go Nintendo, GO!
all it needs now is a catheter and gamers will never leave their homes. Although I think the new PS3s and 360s already come witht that feature.
HYPE HYPE HYPE
While it's great that Nintendo gets a new console, I'm a bit worried the MS and Sony will attempt to cut their consoles short to release another soon after this one. Problem is, I'm not done with my 360, not by a long shot.
Best luck to Nintendo though. Sounds like a neat piece of hardware.
great info...this will be fun to follow...