Project Cafe buzz high, but interest mixed

Pre-E3 buzz in Project Cafe, Nintendo's next home console, is much higher than buzz for Kinect and 3DS at last year's show, a Nielsen survey reveals.

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Consumer research group Nielsen recently surveyed console owners to gauge interest in upcoming consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. While neither Microsoft nor Sony have discussed next generation plans in much detail, Nintendo has confirmed that their new system -- currently dubbed "Project Cafe" -- will make a debut at E3 next week.

Given the mainstream success of the Wii console, it should be unsurprising that Nintendo's next endeavor has been gaining a lot of traction. According to Nielsen, "buzz" for Project Cafe pre-E3 is significantly higher than buzz for Project Natal/Kinect at a similar point before last year's show. Consumer interest in the Wii successor is already more significant than what Nintendo was able to generate with the 3DS last year.

However, while many people are talking about Nintendo's next home console, consumers don't seem entirely sold on the device. Rumors suggest that Nintendo is finally preparing a technologically competitive device, but consumers are definitely boding for more information. Only 27% of surveyed individuals said they'd be interested in buying Project Cafe within six months of release, compared to 25% and 24% for Microsoft and Sony's currently unannounced next-gen efforts, respectively.

Of course, with so little known about Project Cafe (and even less about the next Xbox and PlayStation), these results will undeniably change in the coming months and years. For now, all eyes will be pointed at Nintendo, as they fully expose their next system on Tuesday, June 7 at 9AM PST.

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    June 3, 2011 10:30 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Project Cafe buzz high, but interest mixed.

    Pre-E3 buzz in Project Cafe, Nintendo's next home console, is much higher than buzz for Kinect and 3DS at last year's show, a Nielsen survey reveals.

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      June 3, 2011 10:40 AM

      Well yeah, Nintendo needs to not blow this pretty badly.

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      June 3, 2011 11:14 AM

      27 versus 25 and 24 percent. A veritable landslide.

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      June 3, 2011 11:15 AM

      Why the hell would you poll people on their interest in buying an unannounced console with only shakey rumors about its features and no games revealed?

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        June 3, 2011 11:27 AM

        Well you have to calculate the number of fanboys/girls who will blindly buy anything made by the company they adore. That way they can properly calculate how many people "actually" want it.

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      June 3, 2011 11:37 AM

      I've never been that big of a fan of most Nintendo's franchises, and as such, if they want me to interested in this they need to make it a significant jump from my 360 in term of third party exclusives or multiplat games. All my friends are on Steam/360, and I doubt many will jump ship to the Cafe. They're in an awkward spot.

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        June 3, 2011 11:53 AM

        I'm sure they'll grab a lot more (and likely better vs. what they have on the Wii) multi-plats, especially if it performs as well as it sounds like it will and Nintendo is trying to work things out with 3rd parties better than they did last gen.

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