Have you seen the picture above? No? Well it came to most blogs' attention yesterday.
Being that there doesn't seem to be a dedicated rumor-man at Dtoid, and Chad is too busy panting heavily into a paper bag to post about anything he might hear, I'm going to do my best to keep up with all the tidbits and keep you all updated.
Not only has the above image, sporting a very familiar design in white this time, popped up around the interwebs, but you'll find several other pictures you probably haven't seen, in the gallery. Included in the pictures in the gallery are pictures of what is rumored to be a pre-production model that they're flashing at investor meetings. The white one above is proposed to be a test kit, closer to what the retail model will look like. There was also another slide added from the initial rumored presentation. Now for what's going around in the industry:
More leaks about Project Cafe:
- Nintendo are planning a full reveal of the console, controller and 1st/2nd party games at E3.
- The console is confirmed to be backwards compatible with all Wii/Gamecube titles, and all your VC games will be transferred over once you link your credit card to the system.
- Many 3rd party developers have development kits who are supposedly hard at work to have something to show (and play) at E3.
- 3rd Parties were involved with the development of the console, with requests for what specifications they'd like to see. As of now (which could change) the system runs of a custom built IBM triple-core CPU and has 2gb RAM. The graphics chip is a custom built Radeon R700 chip.
- There is an internal SSD. Size is unknown at this point.
- It will run natively at 1080p.
- The new controller slightly resembles a Gamecube controller with a large LCD screen in the middle of it. The controller is light for its size and looks like a tablet with Gamecube-like prongs to the side. It has dual analogue sticks, face buttons, d-pad and shoulder buttons. No triggers were on the device.
- The screen on the controller is indeed a 6" LCD high resolution (reported 640 x 960 pixels) display. However, Nintendo said in order to keep battery life manageable, the controller doesn't have any hardware to produce graphics itself. The image is simply a video stream directly from the console.
- The controller uses rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Size of the battery is unknown.
- The Wiimote can be used and a new model of Wiimote will be released with the console. This new controller will have overhauled internals allowing for much more precise movement tracking than even the Wiimote Plus had.
- The Project Cafe system development kit is not representative of the final console design. The console is smaller and resembles the Japanese/European SNES models.
- Nintendo have told developers that their online system will be 'the best online experience' that's available on consoles. The whole idea of the machine is to be connected to the internet 24/7. It's being targeted as an online/social console. Friend codes are gone, but no word on whether the online service will be subscription based.
- The Pokemon RPG is the title Nintendo will be showing off their online experience with.
- As reported by other sources, Nintendo is targeting this console to the hardcore gamers once again.
- Nintendo is planning on some sophisticated inter-game communication between the 3DS and the console. Nintendo didn't explain what they're planning on.
To be shown at E3:
- Pikmin 3 (playable, launch title)
- Pokemon RPG (video, launch or near launch title)
- Super Mario Bros title (playable)
- Star Fox (playable)
- Smash Bros 4 (playable)
- Mario Kart (video)
- Zelda (tech demo)
- Metroid (tech demo)
- New IP (video)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (video)
- Grand Theft Auto "New Title" (video)
- Rayman Legends (playable)
- Red Steel 3 (playable)
- New IP (video)
Project Cafe/3DS rumors - Rareware talk, Retro Studios work, Metroid brand and much more
- Retro Studios is not working on Eternal darkness 2 or Zelda
- Rareware and Nintendo have have had discussions of working on the 3DS
- the idea of working on a revamp of StarFox Adventures was discussed, but seems to have been shelved
- Banjo-Kazooie on 3DS is not out of the question
- much like Viva Pinata on DS, Microsoft thinks that brand extensions on DS could help them sell games on 360
- multiple third parties are working on ports of 360/PS3 games for Project Cafe, with one third party in particular porting a bunch of content
- Nintendo may consider letting the Metroid series cool for awhile after support for the franchise seems to be waning
- Nintendo thinks the Earthbound series makes more sense on portables, but that doesn't confirm anything in the works
- system is once again, more powerful than 360/PS3
The sources at 4Chan haven't stated where they got this information from, so don't spunk in your knickers just yet.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
This time from a more reputable source. Sam Kennedy at 1up has heard quite a lot about Cafe, it seems, and he speaks of it like something from a wet dream. Although honestly, if it's true then I don't think I could particularly blame him... read this.
I hope you bastards going to E3 have fun... don't tell me your name, or I'll find you, kill you, wear your face like a mask and use your credentials to get myself in...