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Ubisoft: Project Cafe Is Really Fantastic

Unlike the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii crashed into the scene, grabbed a new sector of gamers, and then slowly fizzled out like a balloon with a small puncture. We saw the decline coming, knowing that the sudden motion-sensing fad would eventually die out leaving players with a lot of cheesy titles. Even publishers like Sega tried to bring hardcore gaming to the console and discovered that there just wasn't a profitable market.

So when we hear talks about the next Nintendo console, there's certainly a little bit of skepticism. What will the gimmick be this time? What percentage of garbage will players have to sift through before finding an actual gem? Nintendo said the new platform will be more friendly to third parties, and hopefully that will indeed be the case. In fact, Ubisoft seems all gung-ho over the upcoming "Project Café" according to a recent statement heard by Eurogamer, perhaps giving an indication that the console will be more in tune with the Super Nintendo in terms of quality 3rd-party titles by the truckloads.

"The platform Nintendo is coming with is really a fantastic platform," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in an investor call. "We think it will be extremely successful. What we see is that we will be able to leverage a lot of the work we do for Xbox 360 and PS3 while we create games for the platform. So we will not have to redo completely the games that we create. We'll be able to use all the capacity the console is giving but also use all the work we do for the other platforms."

That’s quite a tease. Nintendo hasn't officially revealed the specs of its next console, but there's indication that it will be a bit more meaty than the current Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That might not be a good thing given that its two opponents are slated for a hardware refresh too, but if reports are true, Nintendo will at least have a small window where it will have the dominating hardware. Will Nintendo take advantage of the window? Will we see stellar third-party titles that may even pull PC gamers and Xbox 360 owners away?

Ok, that may be stretching into fantasy a bit. We'll find out what Nintendo has planned for us next month at E3 2011. Personally I'd like to be shocked to the point of changing underwear.

  • aznguy0028
    "That’s quite a tease. Nintendo hasn't officially revealed the specs of its next console, but there's indication that it will be a bit more meaty than the current Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3."

    I'm pretty disappointed to be honest. The 360 and PS3's technology is ancient by today's standards, and being a "bit more meaty" than that isn't enough imo. Nintendo is planning to recapture the "hardcore" console gaming market, I woulda expected the specs to be more aggressive.
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  • Toter
    It will have to be pretty special to interest other console/pc gamers to spend £xxx.xx on something that could be outdated pretty quickly
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  • eklipz330
    OH ITS FANTASTIC IS IT?

    well ill be. i HONESTLY thought that all the partners would say its a pile of crap! after all its not like theyre gonna be making games for it or anything! SMH.

    opened up my GI today, and someone said that it was less of a gimmick than the wii was... that seemed to be the most honest opinion i have heard as of yet
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  • eklipz330
    aznguy0028"That’s quite a tease. Nintendo hasn't officially revealed the specs of its next console, but there's indication that it will be a bit more meaty than the current Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3."I'm pretty disappointed to be honest. The 360 and PS3's technology is ancient by today's standards, and being a "bit more meaty" than that isn't enough imo. Nintendo is planning to recapture the "hardcore" console gaming market, I woulda expected the specs to be more aggressive.updated r700 core is going to be able to push 1080p easy compared to what current consoles CANT do.

    im assuming the IBM core is stronger than 260's as well. face it, what kind of games does nintendo make anyway? just brightly colored blocks, thats enough tech for years! just make it
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  • kinggraves
    The specs haven't even been released yet, the average person is going on speculation and rumors. Meanwhile professional publishers that HAVE actually gotten info straight from NIntendo are getting excited about it. Still, I'll wait for the opinion of the major 3rd party guys like Konami, Capcom, and Square/Enix. They're the ones with exclusives that have really swayed things in a system's favor. One of the rumors had Final Fantasy 15 landing on Project Cafe. I have my doubts, but if that turns out to be true, Nintendo really could have a new SNES on their hands.

    As far as competition...well I don't see MS going anywhere, but I'm not sure how well Sony will do with their next system. They lost a lot of reputation over the past few years, and they've always been dependent on 3rd party exclusives. On top of that, every Playstation has had a new type of media player as a bonus. CD, DVD, BluRay, but what are they going to have in 2015, BDXL? It's not really a necessary format so far, especially for games, what's going to be their selling point for PS4?
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  • memadmax
    Does it play crysis?
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  • aznguy0028
    eklipz330updated r700 core is going to be able to push 1080p easy compared to what current consoles CANT do.im assuming the IBM core is stronger than 260's as well. face it, what kind of games does nintendo make anyway? just brightly colored blocks, thats enough tech for years! just make itYea, I've read articles about the r700 core on the project cafe before too. Thing is though, 1080p will be easy on the console, but nintendo themselves said they want to capture back the hardcore console gamers. So besides from 1080p, I would expect some sort of AA/AF settings being enabled on most games as well. With microsoft/sony doing a new hardware refresh, I'm wondering if Nintendo's specs will be strong enough to compete. If it was just colorful blocks like games on the wii, then yea, i agree w/u, that would be totally enough xD haha
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  • dalethepcman
    what's going to be their selling point for PS4?
    They were hoping to try the apple approach of "Brainwash them into buying it, even if its crap" but with the recent problems they have had, I think they are now looking at an add campaign based on "Lightning never strikes the same place twice!"
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  • ikyung
    Wait what..? The Wii has sold more then PS3 and Xbox360 combined and yet the article makes it seem like Nintendo is standing on the edge of the cliff. Nintendo the company itself was founded over a hundred years ago and has dominated both the hand-held and console market since the 80s. Even if Project Cafe fails, Nintendo will still keep trucking along.
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  • eklipz330
    ikyungWait what..? The Wii has sold more then PS3 and Xbox360 combined and yet the article makes it seem like Nintendo is standing on the edge of the cliff. Nintendo the company itself was founded over a hundred years ago and has dominated both the hand-held and console market since the 80s. Even if Project Cafe fails, Nintendo will still keep trucking along.as a business they were successful, but they still didn't capture any long term audiences. most wii owners i know have their wiis collecting dust. really pitiful actually. in that sense, they failed

    i think what most people are trying to say is that nintendo cant have another gimmicky system. they wont be as lucky
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