Wii 2 controller incorporating camera?
British reports have upcoming console's controller equipped with a front-facing camera; 3DS may be able to be used as substitute for the device.
Source: UK game-industry magazine Develop.
What we heard: Two days after footage of the Wii successor reportedly leaked, the rumors keep on coming. The latest has the controller being equipped with a front-facing camera that can "be used for in-game images." Presumably, this functionality would work similarly to the DSi and 3DS's front-facing camera, which allows players to snap pictures of themselves for certain games.
Indeed, Develop's source said that the new Wii's controller functions so much like a 3DS that the handheld may be able to be used as a substitute. "The functions are the same," the source said. "It is a standard wireless controller added with a front-facing camera and touch screen. That sounds far too much like a 3DS to me. But I can't confirm this; Nintendo is being very cautious about the details."
The source could confirm rumors that the Wii 2's controller does have a 6-inch touch screen in between a standard button layout. The source also said that the controller may have a stylus, making it even more like the DS.
The official story: US Nintendo reps declined to comment.
Bogus or not bogus?: Given the reported similarity of the Wii 2's controller and a DSi or 3DS, the addition of a camera sounds logical. However, the public won't have a final answer until Nintendo's appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on the morning of June 7.