Nintendo breaks the silence, Wii HD launches in 2012

There you go. Straight from the horse's mouth: Nintendo will be launching a Wii successor in 2012. You now have the rest of this year to save up your pennies and prepare to hand it over the company that gave the world Super Mario, Zelda and Metroid.

According to Nintendo's official press release, the new console will be shown in playable form at this year's E3 Expo in Los Angeles from June 7-9.

Previous rumors suggest "Project Café/Stream" (code-name/rumor name) will be more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360, output 1080p, possibly work with 3D, and be similar in size to the original Xbox.

Project Café/Stream will reportedly come with updated motion controllers with even more accurate tracking, a controller with a large 6-6.2-inch touchscreen with eight buttons and dual analog sticks, store games on a Blu-ray disc and cost anywhere between $350-400.

Kotaku notes that because the sales for the new console have not been included in the financial forecasts for the fiscal term ending in March 2012, the console may not be out before April 2012.

Things are definitely starting to heat up and get interesting. On the Wii successor, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Bloomberg, "We would like to propose a new approach to home video game consoles." What could that possibly mean? Are you excited for Project Café/Stream or not? Or is your PS3/Xbox 360 still hanging in there?

Via Kotaku

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