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Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Apr 21, 2011

Leaked Images Of The Wii 2 “Project Cafe” Appear

We already know that E3 is rumored to bring us the successor to the Wii. However, we don’t actually know a lot of details about this new console. Obviously Nintendo is wanting to keep all such information under wraps until the big unveil, but in this day and age, such a task is hard to undertake. Thanks to a sleuth over at Reddit, we have what appears to be an image of the “Project Cafe.”

The first thing that we should point out is that this image is completely unverified. With that in mind, lets break down what we see as if it could be real. The main focus here is the controller, or rather multiple controllers. What’s interesting is that they seem to be streaming exactly one quarter of the screen to your controller using what they call “Screen Stream.” Specifically, it is streaming ¼ of a 1080p image. A true HD image should have been a no-brainer at this point, but it’s nice to see that Nintendo is getting with the program on that end.

So why split off the image to separate controllers? The first thing that comes to mind is GoldenEye. I spent countless hours playing that game with my friends. The element of surprise was always ruined, since anyone could look over at your square and see exactly where you were. It seems that this could be eliminated by having each person looking at their own controller. According the the chopped off text, it seems that the image will be mirrored, so that any spectators could still watch the action on the big screen. If you’re too worried about cheating, just turn it off.

What isn’t mentioned is whether or not this could be utilized in a single-player game. I could see the screen on controller being used in a similar manner as the top screen of your DS. Use this as a map, or your inventory.

Unfortunately, as I said earlier, we have no way to know the validity of this image. Until we have something more solid, we’ll have to take this all with a grain of salt. However, should this turn out to be real, I’m interested in the direction Nintendo is taking.

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