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The Nintendo Wii sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011. That huge number sparked many rumors that Nintendo would capitalize and create a new console. The rumor of a new console from Nintendo is confirmed, and will be unveiled at E32011, but a lot of details are either vague or unknown.


"Project Cafe" is the codename for Nintendo's secret next generation console that is hyped to bring a new wave of gaming to the masses. Promises promises promises.

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Many pictures of an alleged Wii II are flooding forums and websites and most of them look very similar. The picture on the left was one of the first leaked images from an unknown source that shows a blurry hard-drive looking piece of tech. "Nintendo" is branded into the side, 3 LED lights on the front (Blue, Red, Green), and not much else.

The ad boasts, "Project Cafe'  is simply the most developer friendly SDK the industry has ever seen. Deliver unparalleled next generation performance at current generation costs. It doesn't get any easier than this." 

Here is where I dissect this image.

The description goes on to say, "easy portability from PC, Xbox 360." That doesn't sound like a new console that sounds like a portable and transferable data center.

"anytime live update past/post release." Internet seems to be a necessity.

"intergrated ??-Live framework." Could be a new updated internet service from Nintendo.

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The image on the right seems to be the same piece of futuristic tech shown in the previous ad above only not blurry and grainy. Notice the "Nintendo" stamp, the LEDs (which now seem to show four colors; blue, yellow, green, and maybe a fourth).

The left side shows the left profile of the device and the right side shows off the right profile. No ports are visible in these photos as well as no buttons, which tends to boggle the mind of any on-looker. 

NOTE- the ad above and the picture to the right have not been acknowledged or confirmed by Nintendo. Their digital lips are sealed until E32011.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata is quoted in a Reuters article, saying, 
"We would like to propose a new approach to home video game consoles." 

This new approach, as you might expect, does not necessarily include 3D displays. 

"It's difficult to make 3-D images a key feature, because 3-D televisions haven't obtained wide acceptance yet," he said.


E32011 goes live on June 7-9, 2011. Make sure and check back here for more news and follow ThePauseMenu on Twitter and on Facebook.

 


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