Nintendo Confirms that Project Cafè’s Controller Will Have Traditional Buttons

Worries of Nintendo's next console being controlled exclusively by touch inputs are unfounded.

By now you’ve surely read the countless stories citing “reliable sources” that the Wii’s successor will have a 6.2 inch touch screen on its controller.  Those murmurs combined with Nintendo’s penchant for touch screen handhelds and motion-sensing control units might lead one to believe that the hardware manufacturer is transitioning away from actual buttons.  Not so, says Nintendo Company Ltd President Satoru Iwata.

In a recent financial briefing, Iwata-san stated that “we have never abandoned the + Control Pad and buttons for our game systems because we think these functions are advantageous when creating highly reactive games.” He then added that he does “not think Nintendo hardware will take on any of the current tablet forms as they are without buttons, to make our game devices.” Mr. Iwata added that he believes that full touch screen tablets are useful for many functions other than gaming, and that the market for them will continue expanding.

So there you have it Nintendo fans; The Big N has no intention of making a console controlled by a scaled back iPAD-type device. Although MTB had previously reported that Cafè’s controller would feature eight buttons and two analogue sticks, it’s most reassuring to get an official confirmation of the inclusion of classic-style buttons.

[Source: Nintendo]

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Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo

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Nick has been a gamer since the 8-bit days and a member of the MTB editorial team since January of 2011. He is not to be interrupted while questing his way through an RPG or desperately clinging to hope against all reason that his Philly sports teams will win any given game he may be watching. Seriously folks, reading this acknowledges that you relieve MTB of any and all legal liability for his actions.

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