Source: The YouTube video embedded below.
What we heard: Rumors about the Wii's successor floated around for weeks before it was officially announced on April 25. And since Nintendo has said virtually nothing about the device other than its 2012 release window and appearance at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, many of those rumors have lingered.
First and foremost are reports that the device, reportedly code-named Project Cafe, will have a controller with a large touch screen in its center that can stream video from the console. Supposedly, the outside of the controller will have more standard button and thumbstick-based controls.
Now, evidence of just such a controller may have surfaced, courtesy of a grainy video posted on YouTube. The 40-second clip, which has no sound, shows off a mock-up of a large game controller with a rectangular screen in the middle displaying gameplay footage. The screen then cuts to what looks like a shot of a bulked-up white Wii, with a female presenter appearing to stand in front of an early-production, black-hued unit of the console. A second shot of the controller with notes on its details is also shown, but the video is so out of focus they are illegible.
The official story: "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation."--Nintendo spokesperson.
Bogus or not bogus?: Unclear. The shot could have been easily staged, as more elaborate fake-console "leaks" have been staged by pranksters in the past--remember the Nintendo On, anyone? Luckily, Nintendo's E3 2011 press conference is set for the morning of June 7, putting the console's official reveal just under three weeks away.