There’s been so many rumors flying around the web regarding Nintendo’s next console that it’s hard to keep track of them all. We’re not going to make the final two weeks before E3 any easier for you; a source has mentioned to Develop that the platform’s controller will have a front-facing camera. While it was already widely known that this was a probability, this “industry source” is claiming that it is 100% factual.
In an attempt to keep secrets under wraps (how’s that going for you, Nintendo?), only trusted developers have been shown the new tech. It’s not clear if this particular insider actually saw the hardware or was just told about it. However the source is saying that the camera is going to be used for in-game images. Additionally, he backed up previous reports that the control pad would feature a six inch touchscreen as well as a standard button layout. In a nod to the DS and 3DS, it has also been said that a stylus is a possibility.
The source also speculated — but does not claim to know for sure — that Nintendo’s 3DS handheld could be utilized as an alternate controller. “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.”
I certainly wouldn’t put it past Nintendo; remember that the GBA was once used as a controller for a select few GameCube titles. You’ll probably also recall how downright terrible that particular experiment went. Factor in that the 3DS only has one analogue stick and it’s pretty clear that this would not be a viable control method for most hardcore console games.
With Nintendo’s press conference set for the first full week of June, we’ll find out how it all works soon enough. And if you have not yet gone into full-blown unbridled E3 hype-mode, MTB now authorizes you to do so. (Disclaimer: MTB cautions fanboys to get hyped at their own risk. We are not responsible for deep levels of post-press conference disappointment that may or may not occur.)