More Wii 2 rumors: iPad-like controller, HD graphics, 2012 release

More Wii 2 rumors have emerged, this time courtesy of French news site 01net (they were also responsible for the initial NGP leak). CVG has kindly translated the report and revealed some rather juicy details about Nintendo’s next console (which should make an appearance at this year’s E3).

According to the report, the Wii 2 is known internally as Project Cafe and will be very similar to the Xbox 360 in processing power. The technical specs bear this out as the system is said to contain “a custom IBM PowerPC CPU with three cores, a GPU from the ATI R700 family with a shader unit at version 4.1, and at least 512Mb of RAM.”

More impressive is the console’s controller, which will include “a six-inch touch screen, a front-facing camera, D-Pad, two bumpers, two triggers and ‘possibly more.'” Wow.

Finally, the system is said to be packed with backwards compatibility options. In addition to games designed exclusively for it, Project Cafe will be able to play GameCube and Wii games (along with support for all Wii peripherals).

But don’t expect to play it this year, the 01net report concluded with a release date of late 2012 for the system.

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