Wii 2 On the tag of USD 350 Maybe

TOKYO - Nintendo was widely rumored to be presenting the Wii game console 2, which is the successor of the first Wii. Some speculation arose about the price of these gaming devices.

According to research firm IGN, Nintendo will most likely be membanderol device that has a code name Project Cafe, with prices between USD350 to USD400. Of course much more expensive than the previous generation.

Launched by TG Daily, Monday (4/25/2011), formerly the Nintendo Wii priced at USD250, having previously declined a few times.

Rakasasa games from Japan's own Wii prepare 2 as the toughest competitor of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Although not yet known the full specifications of the Wii 2.

Previously also, Nintendo denies Wii 2 will be poured in 2011. Nintendo promised that the device would be present if it reaches certain targets.

According to the U.S. Wii boss, Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo's new this time to sell approximately 30.4 million units Wii consoles. This figure only includes sales in the U.S.. Sony PlayStation own take decades to reach 100 million units worldwide.

According to Reggie, Wii has sold far more than Sony's PS2. Even in the U.S., Nintendo's Wii still dominating the sales, followed by Sony PS and Microsoft Xbox.

....extremly fun concole...

Wii successor confirmed for 2012 amidst first fakes

Nintendo has confirmed that a Wii successor will be unveiled at E3 in Los Angeles in early June and released in 2012, as expected. On the Japanese website's investor relations page, a brief notice was published today in the form of a PDF document entitled 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.

The last sentence implies that the launch date will be no earlier than April of next year.

Recapping on all rumours so far, the system appears to:

  • be called Stream and bear the codename Project Café
  • feature a tri-core PowerPC CPU by IBM, an R700 series GPU by AMD and at least 512MB RAM
  • be capable of outputting 1080p resolution
  • be capable of stereoscopic 3D (contested by another source)
  • feature motion controls
  • feature a controller with a 6.2 inch HD touchscreen, to which content is streamed from the console, also bearing two analogue sticks, a camera and eight buttons
  • be backwards compatible with Wii software as well as with Wii controllers
  • feature a Blu-ray drive (contested by another source)
  • be already be in the hands of various developers, including Ubisoft, Activision, EA and Rockstar
  • get ´Grand Theft Auto V´, developed by Rockstar, perhaps even for launch
  • get the successor to ´Donkey Kong Country Returns´, developed by Retro Studios 
  • cost between 350 and 400 US-Dollars

In the meantime, various images have popped up purporting to be internal Nintendo documents.The first one appeared on someone's TinyPic account.

Under the headline Innovation reinvented, the text reads:

Project Café is simply the most developer friendly SDK the industry has ever seen. Deliver unparalleled next generation performance at current generation costs. It doesn't get any easier than this.
  • Easy portability from PC, Xbox360
  • Anytime live update past release
  • Integrated M-Live framework

The image itself could, in theory, be genuine. The design of both the alleged presentation slide and the console appear professional enough. But I cannot imagine what kind of presentation such a slide might be from. I do not believe that Nintendo visits publishers with an interest in their top secret SDK to show them a PowerPoint presentation that is designed to convince them of the kit. They do cost money, obviously, but I do not believe that you need to convince a publisher with corny sales slogans like "It doesn't get any easier than this".

Also, if such presentations really were made, they would likely feature lots of technical details and not the general mumbo-jumbo you find in the first paragraph. Lastly, the second bullet point appears to be not too well worded. Okay, even the brief financial statement above contains a syntax error (it should read "of which the company has sold") but I would assume such slides to be compiled with more care. There is no real evidence to go by, but I believe the image to be fake.

On to the second piece. In the following collage of images being sent to TechnoBuffalo, we see the outline of the same console, along with more text.

Here, the text reads:

Screen stream takes the 1080p image and pushes each rendered quarter to the player's personal TV screen.

If the first image was slightly dubious, these ones are doubly so. Any kind of presentation would use renders rather than simple outlines. Such basic images are only ever used in patent documents. This is surely a fake.

Of course, we are free to speculate what the controller may look like and many mockups are circulating, from serious suggestions to plain humorous. In my mind, the idea that we will get a standard, pre-Wii controller with a touchscreen slapped onto it is obviously wrong.

Such a standard controller with an HD touchscreen would not only receive gaming content streamed from the home console, it would have to double as a handheld console to justify the high price. And if so, these sales would cannibalise sales of the DS line. The same is true of a standard tablet setup, though perhaps to a lesser extent.

For this reason alone, I cannot see the controller being a standard setup. Also, remember how we knew the basic elements of the Revolution controller in 2005 but noone actually thought of it mirroring a remote control. I am sure that Nintendo will surprise us in a similar manner this time. Either the 3DS is the Stream's controller or the controller will take a very different shape to whatever we can imagine.

EDIT The following images have surfaced via Wii HD Rumors. They show the same console design present in the other images above.

I continue to believe that they are fake. Firstly, this cannot be a development kit. Such units look more functional and have less of an emphasis on design. The Dolphin (the GameCube dev kit) looks like an ugly PC and the Wii's dev kit is a simple black box with open LEDs. So this can only be a design prototype for the final console, if real. But judging by the hardware specs the size is too small, while the Nintendo logo, from a design perspective, is far too big. Also, it is very early for a final design to be shown to anyone, even internally. Only very few people within Nintendo are privy to this and it is near impossible that one of these privileged people shares photos such as these.

EDIT Now, another photo of the alleged console has surfaced, courtesy of Wii 2 Blog. Here it is. Thanks to Spazer for the heads-up.

The image has apprently been sent to the blog accompanied by the following information. 

This is not the final design, this unit does not have a working drive or final parts. The unit powers on and is an internal test kit that is no longer being used because more complete units have now been distributed. The design is close to what we will see at E3. The colour scheme does not necessarily reflect that of the final model either.

 The blog author continues:

My source said that the photo was taken by a friend of his who sent the picture to him. His friend does not work directly for Nintendo, but she “has access to early kits.” Lastly, he told me that the final kit will probably be thinner and more detailed.

These words practically prove that these units are all fake. The claim is that the source does not even work for Nintendo. It is obvious that noone outside of Nintendo will have seen any of the final design prototypes. Not a single person. This is true of NCL in Japan and more so of Nintendo of America. Ask yourselves the simple question: would anyone at Nintendo of America even need to see such prototypes? Of course not. And it is way too early to show the design to accessory manufacturers.

The claim that it is an "early kit" is also misinformed. Early kits are development kits and bear no design whatsoever. These are purely functional units. Design prototypes are something different altogether and it is highly likely that even NOA president Reggie has not seen one of those yet.

ExerBeat Release Pushed off Until May

The release of one of the latest Wii fitness based games called ExerBeat has been pushed off until May. This game was originally scheduled for release next week on April 26. The release date has been changed to May 17.

This game is being called a "rhythm based game", and will contain over 150 exercises, some suitable for both children and adults. It will feature Latin dance, yoga, kickboxing and others as well as Party Fitness for kids. It will also have an opportunity to use your Mii.

The ExerBeat game trailer, originally posted here, reflects a new and fun workout fitness game. Something interesting to note is that although the game has not even been released yet, the price has dropped. In February when I first posted about ExerBeat the list price was $29.99. Now, with the release date still a month away, the price is down to a low $19.99 on Amazon.com. We'll just have to keep watching and see what happens with ExerBeat.

I Forgot How Much I Love Gold's Gym Cardio Workout

I have been using so many of my newer Wii fitness games lately that I have neglected some of my old favorites. Today I did Gold's Gym Cardio Workout, which I haven't done in months. I forgot what an awesome workout it is! The workouts can strengthen and tone your whole body, and they also work on your rhythm and timing.

If you haven't tried it yet, Gold's Gym Cardio Workout is cardio boxing or shape boxing. These types of boxing workouts are great for the whole body. Today I was doing jabs, hooks and upper cuts along with ducking and weaving. It's only been a few hours and I can already feel it in my arms. But it's that good kind of feeling like I am building up my arms. I always feel completely energized after a shape boxing workout. You do not need a balance board. There is a section for exercises. Only 4 out of the 10 exercises require the balance board. These are leg lifts and squats - any of which you can do on your own without a balance board.

If you enjoy Rhythm Boxing on Wii Fit, or even just Wii Boxing, then I would give Gold's Gym Cardio Workout a try. It's just as fun, but a more challenging and more controlled workout. This video gives a great idea of what this cardio workout has to offer:

Released in 2009, Gold's Gym Cardio Workout was one of the earlier fitness games for the Wii. Since there have been so many newer games hitting the stores, you shouldn't have to pay any more than $20.

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