Project Cafe: is this Nintendo’s successor to the Wii?

Nintendo is set to unveil its newest console, codenamed “Project Cafe.” at E3 2011 if you believe the buzz that has started to take over the intarwebs.

According to multiple reports today, Nintendo will reveal a new console at E3 this coming June.

Game Informer first reported the details, saying the console is capable of running games at “HD resolutions.” Other sources have said the Project Cafe console is significantly more powerful than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and that Nintendo’s intent is to recapture the hardcore market. Another source said it is capable of 1080p resolutions.

I pout an emphasis on that phrase as it is a departure from what Nintendo has been preaching the past few years with the success of the DS line and the Wii.

Other sources say that the new Nintendo Project Cafe controller will feature dual analog sticks in addition to standard d-pad and trigger buttons. It’ll mirror a Gamecube controller in general function but not in specific form.

French website 01.net has published additional details (via Develop), that say the touch capable screen on the controller is 6 inches in size, but we were unable to confirm the accuracy of the report. Additional details about the console’s hardware specs could also not be confirmed.

Players will actually be able to stream game content to the controller screen from the console. It’s unclear at this time what type of content it will be, whether it’s full games you can take with you on the go, mini-games or applications.

At E3 in June, our sources also said Nintendo will show first and third party titles at the event, but it’s unsure if they’ll be playable or only in video form.

Update: Sources now confirm to IGN the new Nintendo controller allows players to stream entire games to the device from the console, saying it’s like a miniature television. The screen size on the controller is also confirmed to be six inches in size.

via IGN

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