Nintendo just confirmed that their new console will be released in 2012 along with the name Project Cafe confirmed! It will also be playable at E3! There is a whole bunch of rumors to go along with the confirmation and name, but if you want to see those, go to Wii2blog.com (thanks Mariofan634!) and WiiHDrumors.com. Here I’ll just cover the confirmations.
Project Cafe was reported to be the consoles project name awhile back, but now on Nintendo Dev site Wario World there is a way to pull up this banner. Check out the links here, here, and here to get a better understanding of what it means. Then of course the link had to be pulled, but this is probably just someone covering up their mistake of releasing stuff to early. There was also this other image which was posted on Wario World 10 days before the rumors started. Is it me, or does that look like a bunny in the coffee?
The press release confirming a 2012 release doesn’t mention the name Project Cafe, but it does confirm a lot of cool stuff. Here it is.
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 the new system have not been included in the financial forecasts announced today for the fiscal term ending March 2012.
Iwata commented saying that it won’t come before april. He also talked about how their sales are down 66% percent. A little scary, and I hope they pull up in time for Project Cafe.
So check out the links and while you wait for the Nintendo investor meeting tonight at midnight WST.