Touchscreen Controller for Project Cafe Confirmed by Nikkei
Nintendo has been pretty secretive about their next console. Of course, every single other source that has managed to get some tidbit of information about said console hasn't been as secretive. It turns out trusted Japanese news site Nikkei has confirmed one of the many rumors surrounding "Project Cafe."
It is being reported that Nintendo's next home platform will indeed feature a controller that sports a six-inch touchscreen, translates Andriasang. Additionally, it will feature a built-in rechargeable battery, which indicates that this will be a wireless controller. Of course, given today's technology, that's not surprising. What is surprising, however, is Nikkei's confirmation that the controller will act as a portable gaming device in addition to being the input method for Project Cafe.
If that proves true, it's going to be really interesting seeing how Nintendo treats the controller as a portable gaming system. Will the screen feature HD visuals that successfully port over Project Cafe games for players to take on the go? Will this controller do with Project Cafe games what the NGP will do with PlayStation 3 games--allow you to play home console favorites on the go--without forcing gamers to purchase a brand new disc? That would be pretty awesome, albeit highly unlikely. But it's still fun to think about.
Rounding the reveal out, Nikkei also confirmed a camera on the controller, stating that its use would allow gamers to take pictures of themselves to use as in-game avatars. Lastly, Project Cafe is expected to launch sometime in mid-2012, which we already figured given previous rumors stating the same.
Whether or not all of Nikkei's claims are true, you can't help but be intrigued by the prospect of Project Cafe. We'll know for sure when Nintendo reveals the successor to the Wii at this year's E3, which kicks off next week. Stay tuned for more details.
Also, what do you folks think about my controller mock-up (pictured above), which was painstakingly put together using a platinum GameCube controller, a beat up LG enV Touch phone, and Scotch Tape? Pretty neat, huh?