If you have been keeping up with gaming news over the past few months then you have probably already heard or read something about Nintendo’s next up coming console (Wii 2), codenamed ‘Project Cafe.’ The system is aimed to have next gen graphics, comparable to what we have seen on the PS3 and Xbox 360, along with dual stick controllers that have six inch LCD screens built into them. More details are scheduled to be released at E3, but I just can’t shake the feeling that the entire concept for this console is simply too little too late. In my mind, Project Cafe is sort of Nintendo’s way of admitting that the Wii truly is the gimmicky piece of junk that any true gamer could tell you that it is. Because now that Microsoft and Sony have jumped on the motion controls bandwagon, the Wii doesn’t really have anything to offer anymore.
In fact, everything that Nintendo seems to be doing these days reminds me of watching some poorly practiced magician try and fool me with age old magic tricks, like the ol’ penny behind the ear bit. Sure it works on the little kiddies, but anyone with a shred of common sense can tell you that it’s all just a load of crap. The 3DS with its ‘incredible 3D technology’ is already loosing a lot of its initial hype in the gaming sphere, and I always find myself laughing when I see anything related to it. The Wii has a few good titles, I will admit, but they are simply too few and far between and almost certainly developed by Nintendo themselves. For the life of me, I still can’t understand why a major company like Nintendo would release a next gen console with last gen graphics. What happened Nintendo? Did you just forget that developers don’t like making games exclusively for one console?
The techies over at IGN recently created their own version of the Project Cafe that you can check out here, showing us that the graphics on Nintendo’s new console will be almost identical to Xbox 360 and PS3. That’s great, but the 360 has already been out for six years. I think they missed that train back in 2005. On the bright side, this means Nintendo will finally be able to join the multi platform party and do more than stare with envious wonder at the millions of dollars that they missed out on with hits like Call of Duty Modern Warfare and others.
I would prefer it if Nintendo made me eat my words here, but I think that Project Cafe is just a last ditch attempt to catch up with the big boys in the industry and will be destined to fail. Even if the system is a success, Nintendo will still have to claw its way out of its own grave to even come up even or regain the trust of the gaming community. I don’t think Mario has it in him anymore. I just hope Zelda: Skyward Sword is good… Whats your opinion?