Nintendo Wii 2 “Stream” leaks: HD and Touchscreen controllers in late 2011?

Chris Davies - Apr 22, 2011, 1:58am CDT
Nintendo Wii 2 “Stream” leaks: HD and Touchscreen controllers in late 2011?

Leaked details aplenty around Nintendo’s next-gen console to replace the Wii, believed to be codenamed Project Cafe, with IGN reporting on rumors that the Wii 2 will use innovative controllers with integrated “Screen Stream” technology that can stream games direct to an integrated color touchscreen. Mock-up images of the potential hardware – which may reach the marked as the Nintendo Stream, it’s suggested – have been discovered by NeoGAF, meanwhile, showing a somewhat retro, SNES-style console that’s said to be around the size of an Xbox 360.

Screen Stream will, it’s said, take the 1080p display the new high-definition Stream is capable of, and split the four individual views of multiplayer games, squirting one to each player’s controller. The TV can then show different camera angles or even be turned off completely. There’s also the possibility of “Virtual Console Games” similar to the tiny titles playable on SEGA’s DreamCast controllers.

As for the main hardware, Nintendo is said to be using a custom triple-core processor based on IBM’s PowerPC chipset, similar to the Xbox 360, though with higher clock speeds than the Microsoft console. It will be paired with a revamped version of AMD’s R700 GPU, expected to be faster than the PS3’s NVIDIA 7800GTX-based graphics chip. Foxconn is handling production.

The Wii 2, or Stream, could reach the market as early as mid-October 2011, though it’s possible that Nintendo could hold off from releasing the HD-capable console until early 2012. That would allow developers to build up a catalog of titles to take advantage of the Screen Stream technology. Pricing is believed to be in the region of $350 to $400.


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27 Responses to Nintendo Wii 2 “Stream” leaks: HD and Touchscreen controllers in late 2011?

  1. I hope they have some fresh ideas. The Wii was fun at first but lost it after trying something other than Wii sports. It revived itself with the release of Wii Sports Resort but once again lost it.

  2. I hope they have some fresh ideas. The Wii was fun at first but lost it after trying something other than Wii sports. It revived itself with the release of Wii Sports Resort but once again lost it.

  3. I hope they have some fresh ideas. The Wii was fun at first but lost it after trying something other than Wii sports. It revived itself with the release of Wii Sports Resort but once again lost it.

  4. so a “Wii” followed by a “stream” LOL.sorry couldn’t resist immaturity bursts out sometime. on a side note in the spell check lol had the red squiggly under it isn’t lol now in some kind of dictionary as excepted english words now?

    That being said I love the idea of doing mini games like with the dreamcast controller memory unit had, I was raising the little chao’s (not sure on name) from the sonic game i was playing that at school all day.

  5. so a “Wii” followed by a “stream” LOL.sorry couldn’t resist immaturity bursts out sometime. on a side note in the spell check lol had the red squiggly under it isn’t lol now in some kind of dictionary as excepted english words now?

    That being said I love the idea of doing mini games like with the dreamcast controller memory unit had, I was raising the little chao’s (not sure on name) from the sonic game i was playing that at school all day.

    • The Wii is the best option Audrriean. The PS2 is not casual gamer friendly as much as the Wii and the PS2 is a dead console almost if not already. Buy a Wii.

    • For sure, besides, it doesn´t make any sense at all! Why in earth would I care about “streaming” my games to a tiny screen with very limited touch capability? (Some say it won´t be multi touch…). Perhaps the information that hasn´t been disclosed yet will bring something uplifting, the company can´t be so dumb XD. I´m thinking that the controller will have motion capabilities too, besides the touch screen. Now, that has plenty of possibilities :)

  6. hey should make the controller portable/detachable on its own. Have some sort of flash memory that can store portable games that connect to the main console when you get home. (a killer idea would be to have connectivity to 3DS)

  7. I like the idea of separate screens. The 4 Swords is THE best multi player game ever and I can dream about many, many intriguing applications for TV and separate screen, but I’m worried about the fate of Wiimote. I don’t like to downgrade my FPS controls back to last gen dual analog clumsiness and I don’t like to have my hands tied to one controller. One handed motion controls are also…just so one handed.

    Custom r700 sounds good enough for me, but its so old already, that it will be mocked out of the game when XBox720 arrives, leaving Nintendo once again out of 3rd party. I don’t need much, but please, PLEASE at least make it so good, that something as obsolete as 7800GTX is not even comparable.

    I think it would be best for Nintendo to not make so much profit with consoles this time, as just slightly better console wouldn’t make core gamers change from their HD-Ready consoles and casuals don’t necessarily care to buy another console so soon. I think it would be a good strategy to make rather expensive super console and still sell it at slight loss to force new generation to begin now and still remain technologically competitive when others follow a bit later in a PS2 fashion.

    • You don’t need to worry about downgrading from the Wii remote. The “Stream” is fully compatible with all Wii titles and peripherals, such a the Wii remote. Think of it as adding a bunch of new stuff without taking anything away.

  8. I like the idea of separate screens. The 4 Swords is THE best multi player game ever and I can dream about many, many intriguing applications for TV and separate screen, but I’m worried about the fate of Wiimote. I don’t like to downgrade my FPS controls back to last gen dual analog clumsiness and I don’t like to have my hands tied to one controller. One handed motion controls are also…just so one handed.

    Custom r700 sounds good enough for me, but its so old already, that it will be mocked out of the game when XBox720 arrives, leaving Nintendo once again out of 3rd party. I don’t need much, but please, PLEASE at least make it so good, that something as obsolete as 7800GTX is not even comparable.

    I think it would be best for Nintendo to not make so much profit with consoles this time, as just slightly better console wouldn’t make core gamers change from their HD-Ready consoles and casuals don’t necessarily care to buy another console so soon. I think it would be a good strategy to make rather expensive super console and still sell it at slight loss to force new generation to begin now and still remain technologically competitive when others follow a bit later in a PS2 fashion.

  9. Article is BS , ATI would never advise Nintendo to have a modified R700 chip but would recommend modified R900 as its produces less heat and major reason it cost less to produce.

  10. I think that the price is gonna be 350$ max, since Nintendo has to beat the PS# which will have a pretty low price till Stream arrives at the market. I just wish I worked at Nintendo.

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