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Thursday, 05 May 2011 08:27

Wii2 to be built by Hon Hai

Written by David Stellmack
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Will start taking delivery in October
We have been hearing this rumor for about two weeks now, but we had difficultly verifying it until now. The Taiwan Economic News has confirmed that Hon Hai Precision Industry Co reportedly has an exclusive contract to build the Wii2 for Nintendo.

Our sources are also saying that Hon Hai will be able to start delivering the first units to Nintendo in October, but it is unclear what the run rate will be once the building is on the way. Whispers suggest that Nintendo will start ramping up production for an expected launch in North America slated for next year. Despite some suggesting a holiday launch for Nintendo yet this year, we just don’t hear it that way.

With the news from Taiwan comes word that the MSRP of the Wii2 will be an estimated $350 to $450.This number is a bit shocking for Nintendo, but actually not unexpected given the hardware that the Wii2 will be using. While others continue to report that the Wii2 will not be HD, the information we have still indicates that the console will use a modified GPU from the ATI R700 family and it will support 1080 HD.


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+12 #1 TechHog 2011-05-05 12:46
Nintendo themselves said months ago that they would make their next console HD, and everyone was saying 1080p until Kotaku said maybe not, so why is everyone suddenly doubting their sources?

Also, call it Project Cafe. It's extremely unlikely to be called "Wii2", but Cafe banners have been found on Nintendo's developer website.
 
 
0 #2 Reality Faker 2011-05-05 14:53
I agree, just call it 'Nintendo's next console' if in doubt. Wii2 is just a crap monicker, we know they won't use it and it makes no sense. It's not an offshoot from the main console branch that only includes the 'Wii' concept. It's just another in a line of consoles from N that have always had unique names. Wii2 is so lame, I never liked the name 'Wii' and still insist it's one of the worst names ever, Wii2 would double the badness!

Now, if it's not 1080p? Fail. Of course it's at least 'HD' at that price!!

Sounds exciting actually, I have a ps3, had a 360 (and Gcube b4 that) but skipped Wii as I saw which way it was headed (casual/mom games). NNC (n's next console) may bring me back! :)
 
 
+9 #3 Bors Mistral 2011-05-05 14:59
Well, even if rumours are true and it's based on a 3-year-old R700, that should still translate in plenty faster visuals than the other two "HD" consoles....
 
 
+3 #4 TechHog 2011-05-05 15:05
Quoting Bors Mistral:
Well, even if rumours are true and it's based on a 3-year-old R700, that should still translate in plenty faster visuals than the other two "HD" consoles....

My guess is that they can only get 40nm chips out in time with proper yields and they want to keep the TDP of the GPU below 100W. With that constraint, they don't gain much from using a newer chip (consoles don't use DX), so it's probably cheaper to use a modified R700 and end up with similar results anyway.
 

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