Wii 2 controller sports 6.2-inch touch screen?

Nintendo's as-yet-unannounced new console rumored to also feature input device with eight buttons, two analog sticks, and one camera.

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Source: Consumer gaming blog Kotaku.

What we heard: With less than two months to go before the gaming industry convenes in Los Angeles for the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Internet has been hemorrhaging Wii 2 rumors. One of those rumors concerned itself with the Wii 2's controller, which French gaming site 01net claimed would resemble an iPad.

Lending further credence to that rumor, Kotaku reports today that it has been informed by several sources that the Wii 2--which is possibly code-named Project Cafe--will indeed resemble a tablet device. According to the site, the controller will feature two analog sticks, eight buttons, and a camera.

Nintendo's new console might sync up to a tablet controller.

To the tablet tale, the device will reportedly feature a touch screen that measures 6.2 inches diagonally. As a point of comparison, Nintendo's DSi XL features a 4.2 inch touch screen, while the regular DS Lite's screen measures 3 inches of diagonal viewing area and the iPad's is 9.7 inches. The screen will reportedly receive data wirelessly, the content of which is open for developers to decide.

However, it would appear as if the tablet device won't be the Wii 2's only method of input. According to Kotaku, the Wii 2 will also support motion controllers akin to those of the Wii. In fact, the website's sources indicate that motion-controller gaming will remain a core emphasis with the new console.

The official story: "Nintendo does not comment on rumors or speculation."--A Nintendo of America representative.

Bogus or not bogus: Looking not bogus that Nintendo will once again be innovating in the controller department for its newest console. However, gamers aren't likely to get reliable particulars until the publisher announces the device.

Discussion

393 comments
drswank
drswank

Oh hey, looks like the rumors were true!

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

@snake-ala No, Nintendo innovates by taking dying technology, and making it work. Motion controls never worked before the Wii, and neither did touch controls, handheld gaming or analog sticks.

serious-moly
serious-moly

so you play holding an ipad-like Controller ??????????

adriande2
adriande2

It seems as though people are forgetting that this is a rumor. There is no guarantee that this will be the new controller, though the possibility still exists. The touch screen may even be an attachment like WiiMotion Plus, and have other controllers that have this integrated. The only things that can be correctly assumed at this point are that the controller will be wireless, it will have the A and B buttons, and have at least one joystick.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Man, the Wii2 is going to be INCREDIBLY AWESOME!!! I can't wait until E3 this year!!!

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

This is a really terrible idea if it's true. Do you realise how expensive these things would be if it was real? They could cost anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on the hardware, and if the controller is able to be taken away from the console and used as a portable device, then it could be $230 or more.

Masta_Rix
Masta_Rix

Like I said before and I will say again. I got the wii i got the motion plus. I got the stepping board thing expecting some multi player online gaming action. black ops was all i got. nice game but wheres the multi player sword fighting game or boxing game, baseball with motion plus. basketball like on sports resort but multi player what happened? Why a new system I'm still waiting for the games from the old system. Cooking momma and zumba weren't exactly what I had in mind for fun.

vrossv
vrossv

@svalink your a retard Nintendo has always been number one in sales, as much as i hate their idea with a wii-pad they will most likely sell out once again.

svalink
svalink

It will be a big mistake to lunch Wii 2 before PS4. hope they don't do this , we don't need other PS3 or X360.

-Shadowbinded-
-Shadowbinded-

Not cool. Regular controllers could and should be supported as well... It's sad, I'm afraid Nintendo will soon fall :(

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Hmm...interesting, that is a really big screen if true...

DanC1989
DanC1989

That's a huge touchscreen for a controller..

wiidominance
wiidominance

IT's ALL in the CLOUD. Just get some good deals with broadband providers for extra Nintendo Bandwidth and operate on an OnLive fashion system. Compete on prices, art and unique controllers. But no more consoles. Our rooms are getting cluttered.

wiidominance
wiidominance

There really seem to be some lack of focus with this new console of Nintendo that am slightly worried it might flop. I hope they totally understand what is being achieved on the smartphone front. Those little bastards are not what they used to be. In less than a year they'll be as powerful as an NGP. Then what ? Why the heck would I buy a console ?

taylor888
taylor888

Can I please get a traditional paddle? I don't want touch screen.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

every succesful console is known for its heavy shovelware , face it if you want a console with very little shovel ware its gonna be the one that fails , see n64 or ps3 even , dc? how bout all sega consoles past 16 bit era!

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

This would be cool! Scared at the price to buy a second, or third, or more controllers.

NND1
NND1

I have owned every Nintendo Since the Robot and Lightgun package.. Keep it comin' Nintendo

jhpeter
jhpeter

@svalink, so true, big N told some months before the realese of 3ds wich will come with HD graphics and its indeed ! This was not a rumor like I had a feel in the past that Nintendo was selling the idea that Nds is 64 bits, and that s not true.

cusseta123
cusseta123

If by "win" you mean: Sell a zillion consoles only to produce the worst collective heap of games in console history: Then you're probably right. Whatever happened to the good ol' SNES days? : ( I'm looking forward to the reveal at E3, but after the Wii I'm gonna be extra cautious before jumping on the bandwagon.

jhpeter
jhpeter

Nintendo will win this round again.

Dekanis
Dekanis

@oneligas Isn't the SNES more like NES 2.0?

TheBigKabosh
TheBigKabosh

I like how the haters come here to talk trash. You can kind of tell who likes Nintendo secretly just by reading the posts. Seriously, what kind of hater keeps themselves posted on everything Nintendo does? @chibi-acer Actually, I think it's more beneficial than anything that people are spreading rumors about their new console - it hypes people up. Denying the rumors always helps too, that way you didn't make any promises. The bad thing is that most people here probably haven't even realized that these are just rumors... but I think that's a different problem all together.

svalink
svalink

this rumors makes Microsoft (not Nintendo) LOL!!!

Flint247
Flint247

I love how people are overreacting here over "rumors". Until "Official" word is heard, please calm down. xD

Flint247
Flint247

In my opinion, I am glad the Nintendo Wii was different than the 360 and PS3. I like how they focus on their own ideas and not try to make the "most powerful system ever". I am definitely getting more interested in these "Wii 2" rumors. I hope most of the rumors come true. Nintendo sure knows how to make things fun. I can't wait for E3. :)

XaK2
XaK2

I think its clear Nintendo isn't trying to compete with Sony or Microsoft. Both Sony and Microsoft are more traditional consoles, while Nintendo specializes in creating something different and innovative that wont compete with either other companies. I mean think about it, if the Wii was more similar to an Xbox 360 or Ps3 then it would not have sold so well. There are many people who own both a Wii and a ps3/360 but not all 3. If the Wii was just a similar alternative who knows if it would be the same.

wyan_
wyan_

@drswank It's you son. The rumors were crazier years ago when there was no internet. I remember reading about a particular rumor talking about a controller Nintendo was supposedly working on for the Ultra 64 (console not released yet) that attached to your wrist. I never heard or read anything about it again, but that was just whacked for the time. I guess we finally got that controller in '06 though.

drswank
drswank

Is it me or are console rumors getting more over-the-top every generation?

Shehryar_89
Shehryar_89

iAmAbel Posted Apr 24, 2011 2:15 pm GMT @Shehryar_89 lol dude no need for the long post. People will come here just to bash about nintendo for no reason just because they think it sucks. I love Nintendo! LOL NINTENDO FANBOYS are NERDS...cant understand a simple point...

cameio
cameio

What innovation!!! the stores are full of Ipads, Galaxy taps... and don't forget the ipad has motion tech. , for Nintendo it all depend on Games, Make good games everyone will buy your console, 3DS is out and no single great game yet i bought it and i played it for two days only and still waitting for a good games :/ we love Nintendo for the games.

iAmAbel
iAmAbel

@Shehryar_89 lol dude no need for the long post. People will come here just to bash about nintendo for no reason just because they think it sucks. I love Nintendo!

iAmAbel
iAmAbel

THIS!!!!!!!... Will feel wierd.... I just wana use my Classic controller pro on this if they do this because hardcore gamers will have trouble with this... Sounds cool though

Shehryar_89
Shehryar_89

@ Distinctive_Fin Posted Apr 22, 2011 2:06 pm PT Also, Shehryar_89, Please don't suggest ruining Nintendo's uniqueness just because you prefer another system. I'm happy you have found a way to play that you love, but what you are suggesting sounds like what Sony or Microsoft does. Nintendo doesn't make those kind of systems, they break the barrier so that other companies can later steal or copy their ideas. im not saying that Nintendo must stop the "innovation" stuff...what they did with the Wii totally over shadowed their competitors. But this time around they really need a solid system (untill and unless they come up with an idea which is completly different and change the way we used to play, Microsoft tried but failed with Kinect imho) and they have the best position and opportunity of being "First Mover". They can place themselves at the top in next gen by putting up solid hardware at the first place (see PS3 is still chasing XBOX360 in terms of sales and its been almost 4 and half years now). Innovative stuff can be added later on. (btw Nintendo did the best business in this gen they can make it happen agian by putting up what i have said before "LONG TERM" should be their target this time)...

msxp123
msxp123

@shadowSora microsoft already announced it will NOT be makeing anouther console. if you havent already noticed, nintendo is about innovation, not raw power.

oneligas
oneligas

it's not a Wii without wiggle sticks, it's going to be the NES 2.0

ShadowSora1994
ShadowSora1994

They should put at least 1 gb ram becuz if we will see it to e3 then release date propably will be (2012?)So When the next consoles of Ms and Sony will come out the project cafe would be weak in comparison to "ps4" and "xbox 720"

wahyudil
wahyudil

one thing for sure ... this year E3 will become very exciting!!! I can't wait ...

bwellington
bwellington

yet another bold move on nintendo's part, but i trust them

HBBII69
HBBII69

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mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i doubt the price will increase much , im sure it will still cost 60 bucks for the controller, the cost of lcd screens should be even cheaper remember nintendo gets them in bulk as a result gets a good deal then we would, the ds screen is only a mear 6 bucks i know cause i had to replace mine , this should be 12 bucks sincei ts double in size or less , but would not bump the controller in price, and plus this is rumor ,

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

Sounds like a good excuse to double the price of their controllers.

azainasuzuka
azainasuzuka

@Maegord if we will play using the screen on the controller you might as well buy a handheld

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@DivineShadow218 I could be wrong, but if memory serves, that was essentially a D-pad style mechanism with a stick attached (i.e. wasn't a analog stick). Sony's situation isn't important though, the Atari 5200 and the Vectrex both preceded even the NES itself, and are actually kinda tied for first place (I believe both came out Nov 1982).

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@DivineShadow218 Well, it isn't easy to know if one person is sarcastic on the internet.

Maegord
Maegord

Calling it right now. The Wii 2 won't need a TV to be played on, and instead everything will be viewed from the controller screen.