Shigeru Miyamoto has admitted work on a successor to the Wii is underway, but suggested not all the rumours doing the rounds about what Nintendo has planned for the machine are true.
While speaking at an event in London today, Nintendo's creative mastermind was inevitably questioned about recent speculation that the platform holder was planning an imminent reveal of a new home console dubbed Project Café.
"Don't ask!" he said, as reported by Edge. "Even when the Wii launched we were developing new hardware, work on 3DS had already started. It's a matter of when we announce it."
He declined to discuss any specific details as to what Nintendo had planned for the device. When asked whether it would be unveiled at E3, he added, "Please wait. Be patient until we decide."
In a separate interview, Miyamoto also discussed the purported new hardware with French site Gameblog.fr, admitting there is "no smoke without fire".
"Yes, I have read rumours about Café," he said. "I want to say it's normal. You know, for Nintendo, as with the other platform holders, our job is to create new hardware.
"We think it takes five years to do interesting R&D. So, I confess there isn't smoke without fire. We always build consoles. You'll never see some of them.
"But you don't have to trust all the stuff you read," he added.