For the second year in a row, Nintendo is set to showcase a brand new gaming console to the world at E3. Last year was a new glasses-free handheld (the 3DS) and this time we’re look at an unnamed Wii successor that will reportedly be more powerful than the Xbox 360 and PS3 and will cater to the “hardcore” gamer demographic with controllers that feature the more traditional twin-sticks in addition to a built-in touchscreen.

In the mystery surrounding Nintendo’s soon-to-be-unveiled new home console, another new ‘inside’ report claims that the system’s new controller designs will also feature a built-in camera, adding further credence to some previous rumors and speculation. Smile!

If it weren’t for the eight buttons and 2 joysticks, the Nintendo controller sounds more and more like a smartphone. An insider has leaked info to Develop claiming that in addition to the six inch touch screen, the controller will give gamers a front-facing camera.

It’s not far-fetched at all to believe this to be true (more believable than a textured screen) and it fits in with the idea of the controller featuring a screen. Perhaps now you can look into the controller to see your co-op gaming partner and communicate that way, blowing the Xbox 360 headset functionality out of the water.

Think of Ghost Recon where when you receive and send commands to teammates, except now it’s actually your face popping up in the corner of the screen or the other players’ controller. Awesome, right? I chose that game example specifically because I have a haunch that after repeated delays, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will be a Nintendo Wii 2 launch title. It’s the Ubisoft way.

There’s a lot of potential for the new Nintendo console to bring more innovation to gaming, so we’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out, what games they’re offering, and how they’re going to implement it all.

We’re still confused by the news of the system not featuring a hard drive but hope Nintendo completely revamps the unit’s online capabilities.

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Source: Develop

tags: Nintendo, Wii, Wii U