The much rumoured Wii 2/Project Cafe has finally been unveiled and whilst the console itself looks much like a white Xbox 360, the infamous screen controller has been revealed. That’s right, it’s a sodding £200 Etch A Sketch with dual analogue sticks and a couple of buttons. I mean really….. even the Photoshop monkeys would not have dreamt to of conceived something so silly.
Traditionally unlike Nintendo they managed to secure many recognised 3rd parties to tout the wares of being able to use a controller that has a screen to play games in the bedroom (no doubt Japanese developers already have several gentleman of the night titles in development), or even play a different game at the same time using the controller as a handheld, really. So we would guess that the controller would possibly set you back around £100 at least given its able to power what appear to be the visuals of an Xbox 360.
Senior execs. of EA, Ubisoft, THQ, Codemasters, Tecmo and Nintendo were demonstrating their support for the concept, and we genuinely look forward to seeing what they have in mind, but I may have to break out the weights bench in preparation for the size of the controller. Apparently the Japanese locals were unhappy with the size of the original Xbox controller, which was large, but this led to the development of the controller-s, but they obviously have decided to embark on a “mine’s bigger than yours” competition a few years on.
Major titles that have been missing from the recent Nintendo stock look set to make their debuts, with Ninja Gaiden, FIFA, Tekken, and blood, that’s right, there are titles that contain, blood and anger back on Nintendo’s platform, and they were some of the key titles featured ready for launch, none more so obviously different from the Wii generation than Ninja Gaiden III.
Where there’s a new Nintendo console the Mario and Zelda franchises are never far behind, with short demo’s of the type of graphics and interfaces that could be expected from the new console. A tech demo showed what the console would be capable of, and as stated earlier, this is somewhere in and around the Xbox 360 for visuals, effects and lighting. Not setting the world on fire, but demonstrating some impressive particle and dynamic lighting effects, but Nintendo were always very good at draining every last ounce of power to produce some truly stunning visuals on their previously under-powered machines (Resi4 on Gamecube anyone).
No pricing was discussed, however you can be sure that once it is, we will keep you updated. It all looks very good for our favourite plumber, perhaps Princess Peach may even be a bit more feisty on a new “grown-up” Nintendo machine…..
The following technical specs were also shared:
Dimensions: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and
10.5 inches long.
Etch A Sketch Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch,
16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle
Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players
and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The
rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, Control Pad,
A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in
accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo
speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus)
controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii™
controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic
Controller™, Classic Controller Pro™ and Wii Balance Board™.
Media: A single self-loading media bay will play
12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as
well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i.
Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.
Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM
linear output through HDMI.
Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as
well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an
external USB hard disk drive.
CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.
Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new
console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.
Thanks to those below for the etch a sketch art and technical specs, I would never of had the patience!