Let’s raise a glass to Nintendo, who’ve opted this morning to formally “announce” their next video game console instead of pretending not to care (or not to know what we’re talking about) by speaking in dialectically elusive “no-comment”-ese.
The company let the details drop in its 2011 financials, admitting there is indeed a new console in the offing, that--as rumored--it’s called Project Café, that we’ll be able to buy it in 2012, and that we’ll get our first look at it in less than two months, during E3 2011.
So that's what we know about the console. Everything else is speculative, including claims of support for HDTVs, a tablet-style controller that can stream video, a Blu-ray drive, backward compatibility with the Wii, better motion-controls than PlayStation Move, and that it's slightly more (or slightly less) powerful than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. We've also heard the system might be called the 'Stream', per the tablet-controller rumor.
That's it, nothing else to say, except maybe to wave a tiny flag for the sort of Nintendo games I like to play: Mario-Zelda-Metroid. And new game ideas, Nintendo. Not just better motion controls, or clever new hardware widgets, or stream-video-anywhere ingenuity, but some honest-to-goodness fresh first-party games, and I mean ones that don't star Mario, Luigi, Link, Zelda, or Samus.