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Nikkei leaks Project Café details

Confirms touch screen, late 2012 launch.

Japan's traditionally reliable Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper has printed a handful of purported Project Café details ahead of Nintendo's grand unveiling at E3 next week.

The report, translated and summarised by Andriasang, largely mirrors earlier speculation that the device's controller will sport a six inch touch screen. The pad allows for "tablet-like" controls for games played on your TV but can also be used as a portable gaming device.

The controller also reportedly has a built-in rechargeable battery and a camera.

According to the paper, the console is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2012.

For more on what Nintendo's new machine might have in store, give Digital Foundry's recent rumour analysis a once-over, then set your alarm for 5.00pm next Tuesday.

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