With games' trade show, E3, just over a month away, rumours surrounding what will be unveiled have begin to build momentum and Nintendo’s follow-up to its highly successful Wii console is dominating the headlines.
Various gaming websites claim to have uncovered new information about the new console, which Nintendo have yet to confirm the existence of – though Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto all but confirmed it this week. Called variously Wii 2, Wii HD, Project Café or Stream, the new console will be released before the Christmas rush this year and cost somewhere between $350 and $400 according to IGN who quote sources with knowledge of the project. The console will be manufactured by Foxconn in Taiwan avoiding any issues with the supply chain had it been manufactured in Japan. IGN also claim to have discovered that the Wii 2 will be based on AMD's R700 GPU architecture, not AMD's Fusion technology as previously believed – which could make it more powerful that the PS3 which is powered by nVidia 7800GTX-based processor.
Over at Kotaku meanwhile, it claims to have uncovered more information regarding the new controllers bundled with the Wii 2. According to sources the new controller will come with a 6.2in touchscreen, eight buttons, two analogue sticks and a camera. The new console will support a Wiimote-style controller as well as the new controller in order to make it backwards compatible with Wii games – though if the console will support current controllers is unclear. The possibilities of what Nintendo could do with the new touchscreen controller are obviously huge including making the controller a virtual console, using it as a secondary screen or as a way of viewing pictures taken by the camera.
Of course this is all speculation at this stage but it does seem as if we are going to see something exciting from Nintendo at E3, which kicks off on June 7. And with new consoles from Sony and Microsoft some way off yet, Nintendo could have the console market all to themselves for some time.
In other Nintendo news Miyamoto, known as the father of Mario, revealed that the 3DS Mario game will be coming later in 2011 and will be a cross between Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 64. The game will be playable at E3 this June according to Miyamato.