For the past two weeks, the internet has been abuzz with rumors from “reliable sources” about Nintendo releasing a new home console. Now that Nintendo has revealed that it’s introducing a new console at E3 this year, it’s time to fish through the rumours and find out what to potentially expect from Nintendo’s new console. Follow the break to read what to potentially expect from Nintendo next year.

The Original Source

Game Informer was the first to break the story about Nintendo’s new console, but it’s thanks to French website 01net that rumoured specs for the console are out in the wild. 01Net may not be making things up either, as they were the site that first broke the story about the PSP 2 (Now known as the NGP).

The Rumored Details

01Net’s trusted sources leaked the following information about the new system:

  • “Project Café” is the internal codename of the system; previous codenames for systems include the Revolution (Wii) and Dolphin (Gamecube)
  • Shown off and playable at E3 2011 (confirmed by Nintendo in their financial results briefing)
  • Built similarly to the Xbox 360, but slightly more powerful. Porting current 360 games to the console should be incredibly simple.
  • Backwards compatible with Gamecube and Wii games, supports Wii peripherals (Wiimote, Nunchuk, etc…)
  • CPU uses a custom IBM PowerPC with three cores, GPU is from ATI (R700 family of graphics chips), with a shader unit at version 4.1. (For comparison, the Xbox 360 shader uses version 3.0) Ram will be at least 512 Mb.
  • Controller contains a 6-inch touch screen, single touch like the DS/3DS touch screen, front camera, is able to act as a Wii sensor bar, has a d-pad, two bumpers, two triggers, possibly more. Imagine something similar to the bottom half of a DS/3DS.
  • Mockup image of controller provided by 01Net’s
  • Supposed to be released in June of 2012 for Japan, and holiday season 2012 for North America.
  • Supposedly big surprise about the system to be revealed at E3.

What’s Known So Far

Nintendo has been very tight lipped about their new console, as they always have been in the past. The only officially known aspect about Project Cafe is that it will not display images in 3D like the 3DS. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in an interview with Bloomberg that “It’s difficult to make 3-D images a key feature, because 3-D televisions haven’t obtained wide acceptance yet.” Iwata has also gone on record stating that Nintendo wants to “introduce a new approach to home video game consoles,” which was one of the many reasons the Wii was so successful.

Why The Rumors Could Be True

Two weeks after the initial story ran, Nintendo released a statement officially confirming the existence of the new console. This traditionally happens whenever the rumours have some truth to them. Numerous news sites such as IGN and CVG have also been reporting similar system specs as other sites from their own trusted sources. The majority of the time that these many websites report similar specs, they end up being somewhat true (as was the case for the NGP).

Why The Rumors Could Be False

Whenever a new console is in the works, all sorts of crazy information appears online and sometimes rumours get out of hand. Truth is, nothing about Project Cafe has been confirmed officially by Nintendo short of its existence and its playability at E3. It’s doubtful Nintendo will add fuel to the hype train of E3 and release any information on the console earlier than their conference during the second week of June, and even at that point, some features could be dropped from the system after the reactions from developers and consumers.

What do you guys think, is there anything to these rumours? What features would you like to see on a new Nintendo console? Are you excited to see what Nintendo has up their sleeves? Leave a comment below.

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