In a recent publication, the Nihon Keizai Shinbun posted an article stating that the Wii’s successor (dubbed Project Cafe,) will include a six-inch touch screen controller, which goes along with previous rumors. It was mentioned that the controller will add “tablet-like controls” to games, and will be playable as its own individual handheld with a camera and a rechargeable battery. This is all according to Andriasang’s summary of the original article, which is only available in its native form through a subscription.
Though Nintendo originally mentioned a 2012 release date for its new high-definition console, those at the Nikkei feel that its debut date will end up being closer to the end of that year than its beginning.
This is only a rumor at this stage, but it could be true. The Nikkei has previously “predicted” other Nintendo devices such as the 3DS and DSi, using leaked information. Luckily, we should only have to wait until next week’s E3 convention to find out if these rumors are true or not.