Nintendo finally made their new HD console officially official through a brief update to shareholders. While we eagerly await confirmed details on the tech specs, name and design of the Wii 2, we at least know that they are bringing a playable Nintendo Stream (if it’s called that) to E3 in June where 11 of us Game Ranters will be there fighting for a chance to play it. We also know it’ll release next year.

While the early reports from inside sources are correct so far, only time will tell if the nitty gritty details are true as well, like the controller and console designs for which we’ve seen only¬†mock-up and leaked images of thus far. New photos surfaced today of what could be the the Nintendo Wii 2 touchscreen controller (unlikely) and the console itself (very possible).

What you’ll notice about the images is that the mock-up controller design depicted here is something completely new and unlike the leaked images released previously – it does match all of the descriptions heard thus far however, and isn’t too dissimilar from the 3DS which may also be used as a potential Wii 2 controller input.

The console image however, matches both the mock-ups and the leaked box photo, giving further credence to this being a realistic potential design possibility of Project Cafe (the new Nintendo console’s apparent codename).

Now compare the controller concept art here to the leaked images before. It’s quite a bit different and I have a feeling this particular design is too big and bulky and that the actual controller will be quite a bit different. While it’s possible that this is some masterful photoshop and that the fakers are using the same console design as each other, there’s a very real chance that what we’ve seen thus far of the console design may actually be the real deal. That’s now three leaked images in three different styles that all depict the same unit design, and it matches the rumored descriptions to boot.

What do you think?

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Sources: 01net, NeoGAF

tags: Nintendo, Wii, Wii U