Project Cafe's touch-screen controller confirmed by Nikkei

Project Cafe, Nintendo's upcoming successor to the Wii, will feature a touch-screen controller according to a new report from Japan.

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A lot of crazy theories have been thrown around regarding Nintendo's successor to the Wii, currently dubbed "Project Cafe." Perhaps you heard of the one involving a six inch touch screen controller? A controller that also has a built-in camera? That would be crazy, right?

Well, it's true, at least according to a report featured in the Nikkei. The Japanese news source confirms the previously rumored details, such as the six inch touch screen and camera. According to a translation by Andriasang, "the controller will give tablet-like controls to games" and the controller "can also be used as a portable game machine." So, what does this mean for Nintendo's other handhelds, such as the 3DS?

The system will be released in the latter half of 2012, giving developers plenty of time to take advantage of Nintendo's unique controller, and us enough time to scratch our heads in confusion. Hopefully, all will make sense after Nintendo's E3 press conference next Tuesday.

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    June 3, 2011 12:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Project Cafe's touch-screen controller confirmed by Nikkei.

    Project Cafe, Nintendo's upcoming successor to the Wii, will feature a touch-screen controller according to a new report from Japan.

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      June 3, 2011 12:17 PM

      goddamn it, not everything needs to be fucking touchscreen

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        June 3, 2011 12:18 PM

        How else are they going to build a DS for your living room? That's all this thing is going to end up being.

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          June 3, 2011 12:21 PM

          I've always wanted my portable stuff to be NOT portable!

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          June 3, 2011 12:22 PM

          i shouldn't even complain, my ex wife had a wii but i've never felt the urge to replace it since we split up

      • Zek legacy 10 years
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        June 3, 2011 12:26 PM

        A touchscreen interface would actually be a big improvement to clunking around a menu with a control stick. I'm sure there's some cool gameplay stuff you can do with it as well.

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        June 3, 2011 12:47 PM

        Agreed, but it does come in handy as an additional menu screen such as inventory. I'll be interested to see what they end up doing with it.

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      June 3, 2011 12:24 PM

      Can you imagine how well certain PC games would do with this? Diablo 3, for example.

      I won't be surprised if this combo gets announced at E3.

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        June 3, 2011 12:35 PM

        I'm not going to lie, that would be stupendous.

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          June 3, 2011 12:41 PM

          If they're smart they'll be able to sell ports of tablet games too. That would be pretty great.

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        June 3, 2011 4:20 PM

        i dont get it. you mean diablo 3 using this controller? how would that work?

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          June 3, 2011 4:49 PM

          instead of click click click click click its tap tap tap tap tap

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          June 4, 2011 5:33 AM

          inventory displayed on the controller. think Dreamcast controller

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      June 3, 2011 12:42 PM

      You think that's crazy!? Apple's releasing a new console with a controller which lets you smoke weed!!!

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        June 3, 2011 6:48 PM

        Sounds like Apple finally has a product I'd be interested in for a change.

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      June 3, 2011 12:45 PM

      Seems neat I just wonder if its worth the cost its gonna add to the controllers. Can't have 50 dollar controllers

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      June 3, 2011 12:48 PM

      It would be funny and also pretty terrible if the whole controller was nothing but screen so you were forced to play console games with those shitty on-screen buttons and d-pads like on phones.

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        June 3, 2011 12:55 PM

        I would laugh if a game made you use virtual sticks instead of the analog stick that's right next to the screen.

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          June 4, 2011 5:12 AM

          If Team Ninja made another Metroid game, they'd probably do exactly that.

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      June 3, 2011 3:04 PM

      I'm really excited to see what this is exactly

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        June 3, 2011 3:17 PM

        So am I, I'll make sure to do a write-up for y'all after I play with it next week!

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      June 3, 2011 3:14 PM

      If this console launches with a new version of Zelda Four Swords then I will buy the shit out of it

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      June 3, 2011 3:40 PM

      Looks like the party's over- time to stop throwing controllers...

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      June 3, 2011 3:51 PM

      This will be awesome for party games, multiplayer gaming in the same room. Finally two people sitting at the same console can have information that is kept secret from the other player.

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      June 3, 2011 4:40 PM

      So 3DS I think we'd all (even the biggest fans) admit is not gone well... Now this.

      Wow, skyward sword is the only nintendo thing on my radar, and that's sad :-(

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        June 4, 2011 5:41 AM

        i looked at the 3DS at Best Buy, did not like. But then it was that flying game on display, there are probably better games.

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      June 3, 2011 4:48 PM

      Sounds like a bad idea...

      The implementation sounds like it would play something like that Crystal Chronicles game for Game Cube. Which would be interesting for personal huds in multiplayer games...

      BUT... the worst part about tablet-style games is typically the control system... Making the main controller of the system a tablet, just sounds like it'll make gameplay awkward...

      Guess we'll see.

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      June 4, 2011 8:55 AM

      Doesn't this create a similar situation that Nintendo is in now where there is pretty much a whole separate skew due to the controller being vastly different from the Xbox and PS. Probably won't matter in the long run. Nintendo doesn't seem to have too much trouble selling millions of anything.

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        June 4, 2011 12:12 PM

        If each controller still has two thumbsticks, a d-pad, and buttons; it'll be fine and not an issue.

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        June 4, 2011 2:13 PM

        They clearly don't seem to give a shit about that. They didn't care for the GC, they didn't for the Wii; why would they for the new one?

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      June 5, 2011 2:06 AM

      what about battery life time?
      I dont think that adding a touch screen and a camera to a controller is a good idea.

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      June 5, 2011 6:57 AM

      Second half of 2012 is too long away I think

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      June 5, 2011 7:55 AM

      Nintendo, you'll probably still do fine with your known franchises, but man, this is weak so far from all the details about this controller.

      The iPad will be having graphics approaching this within the next two years and you expect this new console to last? I mean, you want to sell a console for probably $300+ (as they will not lose money) and the iPad will likely be down in that ballpark due to increased competition wtihin the next two years. Plus, Apple pushes the hardware specs of the iOS devices every year.

      The iPad already has the ability to drive 1080p displays and use the iPad as the controls, but you know eventually they'll be AirPlaying those games to either AppleTV's or the oft-rumored expanded AirPlay-enabled "other devices," like HDTV's being the most commonly rumored.

      And then what you got, Nintendo? A relic of a bygone era, that's what. Because an iPad--much like a PC--can do a helluva lot more than just play games. And when it approaches the quality of your specs in your console, probably within a generation or two, your Cafe is going to be closed like a Chinese cafe scheduled to be used for free speech that suddenly has the streets in front of it cleaned for days on end...

      Hopefully, Nintendo will figure out the industry's moving away from specialized devices and jump on the iOS train. I look forward to Mario Galaxy 3: Luigi's Mansion 2: Peach's Been Captured going on sale for a $1 for a weekend in about five years.

      In ten years, people will wonder why anyone ever bought ANY consoles. In twenty, there will be generations of people who will hear stories about consoles and go, "Grandpa, why did you buy that silly Nintendo Cafe thingamajig?"

      And you'll answer, "Cuz, I thought it was neat with the controllers with the mini touch screens and the 1080p whatsit's. And hey, you know, I remember reading this post by this guy... I think it was on shacknews... who said the future'd be like this, what with all the gaming on general devices instead of specialized... I forget his name, but man was he ever right. I wish I had listened. Haha, I bet Nintendo wished they'd listened before crashing and burning with both the 3DS and the home console that came after. Else, maybe they wouldn't have had to sell themselves to Apple for $2 and a half-chewed stick of gum..."

      "Well, grandpa, they say that stick of gum still had some flavor left..."

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        June 5, 2011 10:06 AM

        Yeah it is likely that "at some point" portables take over everything; but certainly not for the next generation.
        And even after that, whatever happens controllers and buttons are not going away any soon.. Touchscreens are fun and all but not nearly as satisfying, or practical, as buttons and joysticks.

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        June 5, 2011 9:34 PM

        You do realize that Steve Jobs just tolerates games.

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      June 5, 2011 9:37 PM

      I thought this was pretty much fact already.

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