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The Great Big 'Wii 2' Rumor Round-Up

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Nintendo's successor to the wildly successful Wii looks like it's going to be officially revealed at E3 2011—if not sooner—based on numerous reports that the company's next generation console is real, really powerful and already in the hands of video game developers.

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A flurry of details, none of them officially confirmed by Nintendo, have been leaking left and right after Game Informer first published its story on what its calling the "Nintendo HD." We're rounding up all the rumored details on Nintendo's next-gen console right here, from its crazy controller to its purported hardware specs to its 2012 launch window.

Here's what we've heard—and what everybody else seems to have heard—about Nintendo's next system.

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Game Informer kicks the rumor mill into gear with its initial report, claiming the "Nintendo HD" will be unveiled at E3 in June. The system "is capable of running games at HD resolutions," Game Informer writes, and will see a "late 2012 launch." It reportedly won't bear the Wii name.

Kotaku follows up, writing that "we've heard that [Nintendo's] machine will be more powerful than current-gen systems" like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

IGN adds its own report, saying that Nintendo's Wii successor is "significantly more powerful" than Sony and Microsoft's current consoles. IGN news director Jim Reilly adds "that the console will be backwards compatible with current Wii software" and that an official "pre-announcement" is due sometime in April.

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CVG weighs in with its own unconfirmed reports, this time about the system's controller. They say the Wii 2's gamepad will "feature a built-in HD screen." CVG backs up earlier reports about the system's horsepower and Nintendo's launch plans.

French site 01net chimes in, saying the Wii 2 is codenamed "Project Cafe" and that its controller will include a touch sensitive screen measuring 6 inches, features a front-facing camera and can double as a Wii Remote sensor bar.

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01net touches on hardware specifications, claiming a multi-core IBM PowerPC CPU, an ATI R700 series GPU—the Xbox 360's GPU was R500 series based—and "at least" 512MB of RAM.

IGN later adds that "Players will actually be able to stream game content to the controller screen from the console. It's unclear at this time what type of content it will be, whether it's full games you can take with you on the go, mini-games or applications." IGN later posts a mock-up of the system's controller.

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Today, Edge weighs in, saying it has its own details on Nintendo's Wii success. "Ubisoft, Activision and Electronic Arts have had development units of the new hardware for months," Edge says. The system features motion control, Edge adds, "with capabilities that are 'better than [PlayStation] Move.'"

Nintendo, for its part, has offered no confirmation and no denial. It "does not comment on rumor or speculation."

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DISCUSSION

Screw rumors. Give me facts.

If Nintendo launches a new console now, it's suicide.

The time isn't right, I don't care what all these people say.

Before Nintendo moves onto the next big thing, they need to get the most out of the current big thing. The full potential of Wii hasn't been tapped.

I own every single Nintendo home console from the NES, SNES, N64, GC, to the Wii.

I own the GBA, GBA SP, GBA Micro, DS Lite, & DSi.

I own a Mario's Cement Factory - Game & Watch Tabletop & had it since 1984.

I ONLY HAVE Nintendo systems. I've been a fan of Nintendo since Donkey Kong in 1981 as a 5 year old.

If Nintendo prematurely launches this console, I WILL NOT BUY IT.

I'm a Nintendo fan but trust me I'm not a Nintendo fool.

I'm not supporting products when I can't have confidence they will use it to its fullest potential.

Nintendo has always been pretty good on using systems to the max of their potential but if they prematurely end the Wii's lifecycle, I won't support them on their next home console.

I'm a customer not a consumer.

John Lucas