Right...so that last one might be a slight fib. Since the Wii 2 was announced earlier this month, a whole host of rumour chatter has been surging across cyberspace, so we thought we'd get stuck in and bring you a nice little roundup of all the best bits. I'll also say now before we go any further that these are all just rumours, nothing has been set in stone yet.
Well, without further ado, lets get started! First of all, word is that Nintendo seem to have addressed one of the biggest issues with the Wii when compared to the other consoles on the market: it's cartoonish graphics, which undoubtedly have their charm, but can't stand up to the beautiful settings that are presented on the PS3 or to a lesser extent the 360. However, with the Wii 2 this shouldn't be a problem seeing as reports suggest it's set to be about as powerful, or possibly more so, than either of the other consoles. Just imagine seeing the sun reflecting off of a golden coin, as Mario runs to grab it, before he shatters a box into a thousand tiny pieces, revealing a star, which he quickly grabs causing himself to become invincible, all in glorious HD seeing as the brand new console should be able to display things in 1080p! If that's not convinced you here are some tech specs: the CPU is supposed to be a custom PowerPC with three cores, RAM should be a minimum of 512 MB, and the graphics should be controlled by an ATI of the R700 series. In the words of Darth Vader, "Impressive . . . most impressive!" [GameInformer]
Now, if you're upping the performance settings of your next console that means the games will undoubtedly take up more disc space, which brings us onto our next snippet of info. Apparently the Wii 2 will be using Blu-Ray discs! Now this isn't new news to us over at Dealspwn, seeing as Felix posted an article about it only a couple of days ago, so I won't spend too long going over it again. All that I will reiterate is that this is technology that sits firmly in Sony's hands, so what are they getting out of it that's made them willingly hand it over to a rival?
There are plenty of ways to play Wii games thanks to the seemingly endless controller types and peripherals on the market, but the internet's mutterings suggest the Wii 2 will have one spectacular one instead of several fairly good ones. It's not clear yet how the new pad will sit in your hands in comparison to the suberb 360 controller, but what is clear is that it should have a six-inch touchscreen display with HD capabilities! This of course could mean the integration of touchscreen controls alongside classic button controls, as well as a way to display even more content in a similar fashion to how the wii-mote supplies additional sound effects, and far more exciting is the possibility that you could download games to it and take it on the move. Also, 01 Net seem to suggest that some of the new controllers other features include a front camera that acts like a Wii sensor bar, two d-pads, two bumpers, and maybe, just maybe, more than two triggers. All in all it sounds like you'll get an amazing amount of control, and more importantly precise control, over your games, but it may come with a hefty price tag, especially if the new controller doubles up as a portable device.
Last but not least, is backwards compatibility, a set of words that mean a lot to older gamers, who like to go back and relive some of the golden moments in video game history. Well, not only will you be able to use Wii games and peripherals with the Wii 2, there's a chance that Gamecube games may work their way back into the fold as well, and personally I find it hard to believe that the virtual console won't make a return in some form or another, thus bringing with it NES, SNES, N64, and a load of quality Sega games, which I loved to jump back into when I had my Wii.
I'm not surprised Nintendo have decided to pull their fingers out with this one, seeing as the Wii is a bit too heavily reliant on its motion controls being its unique selling point, which is no longer the case in the wake of Move and Kinect's release, and the lack of that advantage may well be the reason behind the recent drop in its sales and the motivation behind Nintendo wanting to get something truly special out on the market. Let's just hope it doesn't disappoint when it's revealed at this year's E3 in June! We'll have all of the news from the show and more! [The Guardian]