Over the past week, the internet has been abuzz with rumors regarding the upcoming Nintendo console, the Wii 2 or as its tentatively titled, Project Cafe. While it started out as simply a leaked image of the console along with controller specs, it didn’t take long before more photos and art made their way to the internet, lending more credence the rumors surrounding the controller. There was also speculation about the online capabilities that will be exhibited by the console and whether they will do away with the antiquated friend codes.
With all the excitement these rumors generated, it was no surprise when Nintendo weighed in on the situation, announcing the console’s 2012 release along with the news that it would be playable at E3 this year. The question that remained though, was whether or not this would be an on-stage demonstration at their keynote speech, or if it would be something that all in attendance would have a chance at experiencing.
In a recent statement to Kotaku who asked for clarification, a representative at Nintendo stated that “Playable means playable by everyone.” This is great news for everyone who will be attending the massive gaming conference. It is one thing to experience a new console from afar, but to actually get your hands on it is an entirely different story and gives a much better idea of what it will be like.
On top of the announcement that everyone at E3 would be able to get their hands on the Wii 2 at E3, Nintendo’s CEO Satoru Iwata also had some things to say about the upcoming console. At a press conference in Osaka, he stated that the console “will offer something new for home game systems.” While that may lead many gamers to guess that this could be a focus on 3D with the Wii 2, Reggie Fils-Aime previously stated that 3D would not be the path of their next home console. Iwata also went on to say that since 3D televisions have yet to become widely available, they will not be making 3D the main focus of the console.
Finally, he confirmed that gamers will not be getting their hands on the new console until after April 2012. This isn’t much of a surprise though, as most wouldn’t have guessed that the console would release until later in the year. Still, it’s great news that Nintendo is proactively providing gamers with details regarding their new console, squashing rumors left and right.
Are you at all excited about the Wii 2? What interests you most about it?