Nintendo has announced that they will be launching a successor to the Wii next year. The company confirmed the console in a note published today alongside its 2011 financial statement. The system is currently known under its codename moniker “Project Cafe”. The note also states that Nintendo plans to show a playable model of the new system and announce further details during this year’s E3, which takes place on 7th-9th June.
Project Cafe is said to have high definition graphics and is apparently comparable to the PS3 and 360 in terms of raw processing power. Some estimates have even suggested that Cafe’s CPU is four times faster than that of the 360, but this is mostly speculation at the present. Another interesting rumour about the new home console is that its controller is rumoured to feature a 6.2 inch touch-screen that will stream the games played on the console.
Here’s the full (albeit brief) note from Nintendo:
April 25, 2011
To whom it may concern:
Re: Wii’s Successor System
Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.
We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Sales of this new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.