Wii 2 tech rumors hit the Internet

Nintendo is staying silent on its plans for its next major game console but that isn't stopping rumors from flying all over the Internet about what kind of features and hardware will be inside that console, which some are already calling the "Wii 2" (a title that Nintendo has yet to confirm). Kotaku is reporting via unnamed sources about some of those rumored tech details of the console which currently has the code name Project Cafe.

While Sony's PS3 and the current version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console includes internal hard drives, Nintendo's new console is rumored not to have that kind of feature. Instead Kotaku says via its sources that the console will have 8 GB of Flash-based storage space. Even with that small amount, the storage space would still be 20 times more than Nintendo's current Wii console. That amount would be fine to store small retro-style games and expansion packs for retail games. However it won't be enough for the console to store large game titles or a lot of other content such as downloading full movies and TV shows like the PS3 and Xbox 360 are currently capable of. If that's true you should not expect Nintendo's next console to have more multi entertainment features (although it could support streaming services like Netflix).

Kotaku's article also claims that Nintendo's next console will support high-definition gaming, although it's currently unknown if the system will support the high end 1080p resolution. The current Wii console tops out at 480p resolution. Finally the disk format for the new console is rumored to support up to 25 GB of storage, which is triple the amount of storage for the current Wii DVD format.

Officially, Nintendo has said that its next console will be released sometime in 2012 and that it will make its first public appearance during the E3 2011 trade show this June.

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that reminds me... I gotta sell off my old Wii sometime in the next few weeks and get me a roku device to do netflix.

sava700 said,
that reminds me... I gotta sell off my old Wii sometime in the next few weeks and get me a roku device to do netflix.


Well the Wii does Netflix just find you know except it is not HD but beyond that the Wii has one of the best Netflix interfaces out there

notuptome2004 said,


Well the Wii does Netflix just find you know except it is not HD but beyond that the Wii has one of the best Netflix interfaces out there

So you're suggesting he to stick with the Wii because of the interface and not for the quality of the videos he'll be watching? I'd rather have my 720p/1080p video instead.

neogen said,
I would like to see blu-ray support.

I'd like to see HD DVD support since the discs would be cheap and Nintendo loves to go against the grain.

I just hope they take cues from Microsoft's Xbox Live. Having to search for and remember a console number isn't the way to go. Even then, both parties have add each other for both systems to see each other. I've yet to play anything online just because of that. It's just too cumbersome.

xiphi said,
I just hope they take cues from Microsoft's Xbox Live. Having to search for and remember a console number isn't the way to go. Even then, both parties have add each other for both systems to see each other. I've yet to play anything online just because of that. It's just too cumbersome.

+1

I did this once with a friend on Mario Kart ... It was such a pain in the ass that I never bothered again ...

If friend codes were gone forever, I don't think anyone would miss them. Nintendo is really behind in the online arena... really far behind.

IMO if they don't unveil a true online system similar to the PSN or Xbox live and hopefully some sort of achievement/trophy system then they are going to be a few steps behind again.

macrosslover said,
IMO if they don't unveil a true online system similar to the PSN or Xbox live and hopefully some sort of achievement/trophy system then they are going to be a few steps behind again.
Oh boy. Now it's achievements that decide a consoles worth. What a new low we're dropping to.

Blackhearted said,
Oh boy. Now it's achievements that decide a consoles worth. What a new low we're dropping to.

I hope Nintendo doesnt do achievements. Companies are getting lazy with achievements it like they add that crap in the end. An achievement for passing a level? you were going to do that anyways. Adds replay value my a**?

Doli said,
An achievement for passing a level? you were going to do that anyways.
Actually, a lot of game purchases are left unfinished (Steam stats on the HL2 games are a good example) - thus at least later game area completion achievements are meaningful.

Doli said,

I hope Nintendo doesnt do achievements. Companies are getting lazy with achievements it like they add that crap in the end. An achievement for passing a level? you were going to do that anyways. Adds replay value my a**?

Achievements do add replay value. They also encourage people to play a game that they might not have before had they not existed. Achievements don't make all developers lazy and if the next Nintendo console has them, that probably won't be the reason for bad games. Most of the Wii library is full of pretty lame games compared to PS3 and 360; which have trophies and achievements. There's nothing wrong with them and I don't know why people who don't like them get their panties knotted up. I think you can disable the notifications for them anyway if you they are that bothersome.

nintendo need to go back to their roots and make great games like on the N64 days, they made some real classics there.

Mario HD now thats got to be good. Make it like mario bros 3 and you have a best selling game right there. instead of all this kids bright couloured crap

tomcoleman said,
nintendo need to go back to their roots and make great games like on the N64 days, they made some real classics there.

Mario HD now thats got to be good. Make it like mario bros 3 and you have a best selling game right there. instead of all this kids bright couloured crap

Would be nice, but will probably not see a great commercial success.

tomcoleman said,
nintendo need to go back to their roots and make great games like on the N64 days, they made some real classics there.

See apparently you are a generation younger than me. N64 has Golden Eye and NOTHING ELSE. N64 lacked in classics. NES and SNES made classic, N64 missed the mark and Wii was a return to success(although I personally didn't like it a respect that it is highly popular).

A return to N64 would be a loss in my eyes to Nintendo, and I believe based on sales figures Nintendo agree.

bits said,
See apparently you are a generation younger than me. N64 has Golden Eye and NOTHING ELSE. N64 lacked in classics.

No Majora's Mask or Ocarina of Time?? Heresy!

Jen Smith said,

No Majora's Mask or Ocarina of Time?? Heresy!

Never heard of either... They were classics like Super Mario Bros series, Super Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat(granted it was a success on Mega Drive/Genesis/Arcade also), Donkey Kong, and a list of games it's too late in the night for me to remember?

bits said,

Never heard of either... They were classics like Super Mario Bros series, Super Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat(granted it was a success on Mega Drive/Genesis/Arcade also), Donkey Kong, and a list of games it's too late in the night for me to remember?

You've never even HEARD of Ocarina of Time? And you are trying to pass yourself off as a gamer?!?! GTFO!

http://www.metacritic.com/brow...ate/available/n64/metascore

DARKFiB3R said,

And you are trying to pass yourself off as a gamer?!?! GTFO!

Should have just said Zelda.
Good to see Perfect Dark, Golden Eyes lesser sequel there.

So went your linked list went
1. Zelda
2. Golden Eye 2 (it was a slight unoriginal update to the original I said was the hit)
3. Golden Eye (my claim)
4. Zelda
5. Mario(still running off the back of Super Marios)
6. Mario(still running off the back of Super Marios)

Apparently I should have said N64 had Zelda aswell. But I never got into them personally and none of my friends did. Apparently you and your friends made it famous.

Next we'll have Pokemon as the blockbuster game for the gameboy systems. Because we all know how great they were.

bits said,

Should have just said Zelda.

No mate, you should have known.

bits said,

Apparently you and your friends made it famous.

Haha, that's funny. As much as I would love to claim that me and my friends made Zelda famous, I have to hold my hands up an admit that it did quite well all on it's own. I think it's NES, SNES and Gameboy heritage saw to that.

And as for Super Mario 64, if you don't agree that this was an absolutely ground breaking game, let alone great fun... Well I give up.

bits said,

See apparently you are a generation younger than me. N64 has Golden Eye and NOTHING ELSE. N64 lacked in classics. NES and SNES made classic, N64 missed the mark and Wii was a return to success(although I personally didn't like it a respect that it is highly popular).

Can't forget about Banjo-Kazooie/Tooie & Super Smash Bros, either!