Rumor: "Wii 2" to have front-facing camera in controller?

It's been a few days since a nice, juicy rumor about Nintendo's next game console hit the Internet. Thankfully we have the Develop web site to give us the latest (via unnamed sources) "scoop" on the hardware behind the console. According to their article today, a trusted sources says that the console's controller will have a front-facing camera that can be used to take images that can be put into games.

The article also says its source has supposedly confirmed other rumors about the console (called "Wii 2" by some in the media and "Project Cafe" by others) including that the console's controller has a touch screen but still has a standard button layout.

Officially all Nintendo is saying at this point is that it will showcase a playable version of its next major console at its pre-E3 press conference on June 7 in Los Angeles. The console is slated to launch sometime in 2012. Unofficially there have been tons of rumors about what will be inside the console. Some rumors have suggested that the console will have 8 GB of Flash storage and have support for high definition TV screens.

IGN recently reported via their own sources that the "Wii 2" will have a custom PowerPC-based CPU provided by IBM with three cores. Also AMD will supposedly be providing the GPU for the console with the reporting saying it will be a version of AMD's R700 design. If true that means Nintendo's next console should be more powerful than Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360.

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Wii feature the best control ever but it "failed" not because the low resolution but because it feature a lousy 512mb of space, that's it, it is the only space for save games, dlc and virtual games.

Magallanes said,
Wii feature the best control ever but it "failed" not because the low resolution but because it feature a lousy 512mb of space, that's it, it is the only space for save games, dlc and virtual games.

It failed because it was a gimmick and few people bought any other games. Heck, Wii Sports was good enough for them!

dagamer34 said,

It failed because it was a gimmick and few people bought any other games. Heck, Wii Sports was good enough for them!

Utter nonsense. Failed gimmick? The Wii succeeded because it targeted the casual gamers (parent and kid types), both areas the 360 and PS3 mostly neglected to target. Hence why the 360 and PS3 are now reaching for that audience too by offering similar technologies (kinect, move).I'm no fan of the Wii but to call it a failed gimmick really is ignorant.

LordBattleBeard said,
Utter nonsense. Failed gimmick? The Wii succeeded because it targeted the casual gamers (parent and kid types), both areas the 360 and PS3 mostly neglected to target. Hence why the 360 and PS3 are now reaching for that audience too by offering similar technologies (kinect, move).I'm no fan of the Wii but to call it a failed gimmick really is ignorant.

The Wii Succeeded because it was priced right and kid friendly. I own both a Wii and an Xbox 360.

I hope they don't just shove every possible thing into this console in order to cover all their bases and usability sufffers because of it.

compl3x said,
I hope they don't just shove every possible thing into this console in order to cover all their bases and usability sufffers because of it.
Won't happen. All we've heard up until now is rumours and all we've seen is blurry pictures.

Ugg.. I gotta sell mine I have now off and soon to get a decent price out of it before they start dropping like a rock!

When they first showed off the Wii, I remember thinking, "WTF". That mofo sold like crazy, but the third party games where all ****. Pretty typical for Nintendo though I guess.

This one sounds pretty meh to me so far. I think MS surprised them with the success of the Kinect.

Article said,
If true that means Nintendo's next console should be more powerful than Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360..

Glad to hear . Then, we can expect some nice FPS coming to Wii 2.

NoLiMiT06 said,
So many pointless features and a few nice ones. And those are the HDTV support and CPU and GPU specs....

The R700 series is the HD4XXX series... so yeah, very much HDTV capable

The Teej said,

The R700 series is the HD4XXX series... so yeah, very much HDTV capable

Which will be 3-4 gens behind by the time it comes out.