After days of speculation and information trickling through to the gaming press, Nintendo have made it official – the successor to the Wii will be launched in 2012. According to various sources the new console is code-named ‘Project Cafe’, and is rumoured to be ‘significantly’ more powerful than the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 as well as being backwards compatible with current Wii software. More intriguingly, rumours suggest that the console’s controllers will feature a 6-inch touchscreen, and will be capable of streaming content directly from the console.
Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata had only this cryptic comment regarding the new launch – “We would like to propose a new approach to home video game consoles.” Clearly, Nintendo isn’t simply planning a new iteration of the Wii with shinier graphics – but what exactly will this new approach entail? We won’t have too long to find out, as the company plans to showcase a playable version of the console at this year’s E3, which will take place from the 7th-9th June in LA. Personally, I can’t wait to see what the company has come up with.