Wii 2 touch-screen controller confirmed - Report

E3 2011: Nikkei news service reports Nintendo's new console will indeed have tablet-like 6-inch touch screen and camera--and also can be used as gaming portable by itself.

On Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. PDT, Nintendo will wrap up the major 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo game-company press conferences with its own media briefing. The company has already confirmed that the centerpiece of its presentation will be its new console--reportedly code-named Project Cafe--which will see release sometime next year.

A touch-screen controller is now all but confirmed for Nintendo's E3 press conference.

Today, the Nikkei news service (registration required) has confirmed one of the bigger rumors surrounding the console. As speculated, the console will have a controller with a six-inch touch screen at its center, allowing players to play games as they would on a tablet computer in conjunction with traditional game buttons.

Furthermore, the controller can be used as a "portable game device." Though earlier speculation had the controller streaming games onto its screen from the Wii 2, Nikkei reports that "Nintendo aims to attract more users by offering a console that doubles as a portable game system," implicating the controller can be used independently.

Nikkei also confirmed that the controller will have a camera that will allow players to create characters based on pictures they snap. It also said the Wii's successor console could launch as early as mid-2012.

For more on Nintendo's new console, tune in next week for GameSpot's live stream and blog of Nintendo's E3 2011 media presentation straight from Los Angeles.

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scyldschefing
scyldschefing

Well... at least now that Nintendo has changed its mind and WILL let the controllers be used as independent portable consoles, the system looks just a LITTLE more desirable now...

Shinkada
Shinkada

@Nozizaki The tablet controller does have a motion sensor but obviously, being a honking big tablet and all, it can't be used in the same way as the wiimote. If you want to play any Wii games you need the Wii controller. Wii U games won't play in the same way as Wii games did. You can call that innovation if you'd like but frankly jumping from input method to input method while abandoning the methods you just implemented really sounds like gimmicks to me.

sonictb18gamer
sonictb18gamer

ummm just let some know there a pic of the Wii U console on IGN so maybe there a reason they only show the controller in the conference so I get more inform before I judge this thing out not trying to sound like a fanboy

345tom
345tom

I guess it can probably take a fall, Nintendo aren't rookies into portable gaming you know? WiiU looks like its likely to be good, hopefully get more soon.

djwood84
djwood84

Nobody has confirmed price yet on the controllers. Who knows what the resolution will be on the screen. My guess is not too high. I can't imagine the controller costing more than 50-60$, which is in line with Sony & Microsoft. I'm hoping Nintendo isn't going the gimmick route again. The touch screen could potentially be amazing for core games, imagine having a controller that can change the way it looks for each game!

chyng85
chyng85

A very creative developer~

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

Looks like anyone with small kids should avoid the Wii2 cause that screen controller is most likely can't take a fall and I'm assuming is going to cost way more than a standard controller cause it doubles as a portable system. As I typed this I thought so if I want to play any local multiplayer do I have to go out and by a controller which cost as much as a 3DS everytime?

Bog101
Bog101

Hmmmm sounds like the graphics on the Wii 2 will be good and it will be actually developed for by 3rd parties. Its actually going to have good quality normal release date call of duty. to bad friend codes suck ass

KIRBYSIM_SG
KIRBYSIM_SG

How much would one of those freaking controllers cost? It's like GC+GBA all over again.

Big_Pecks
Big_Pecks

Can't wait to see it tomorrow.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

interesting....unfortunately, the Wii idea deter me from Nintendo. i'll have to wait and see how they utilize this in their console before i even consider purchasing their console....smh. :\

soulless4now
soulless4now

Sounds...interesting to say the least, but I want pics.

silkk112
silkk112

This reminds me of the days of the dreamcast and its vmu memory card which had a screen but a bad one this wijust update that idea and will bring in some new ones

TripSolidBounty
TripSolidBounty

I hope Nintendo's press conference can cheer me up after seeing Microsoft's ridiculous ideas that Kinect > normal controllers.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

I haven't bought a handheld system since the Original Old School Gameboy first came out when I was 9 or 10 years old. Now, for the first time since then, if they throw it in with the Wii 2, I'll have one... :) . NICE!!!

-Invasion-
-Invasion-

I cant wait to play with a controller the size of a small keyboard...

gamecrash
gamecrash

This sounds like an interesting idea for Nintendo but I don't know if their are capable of handling something with some much tech tech involved and not go overboard

xblane
xblane

I guess they are trying to hook the casual market who wouldn't want to shell out for a 3DS but is going to shell out for a 'multiple purpose' home console? Interesting... I thought they would have stayed away from competeing with their portable, they still may I guess. I just hope that the 3DS can be used as a second Cafe Controller

noturfangirl
noturfangirl

The controller will be $179. The system will be $799.

ecobacon
ecobacon

If the controller is shaped anything like a traditional controller as the rumors have been saying, I won't be using it as a portable system, if i get it at all.

da_chub
da_chub

i can see this being a great new controller. Yea, i love Wiimote and nunchuck. but imagine a racing game with nothing but the track and racers on tv...but all ur dashboard and gauges on ur controller. or zelda with the map and menu in ur hand but link on screen with no clutter. im excited!

thuban
thuban

@hollow56771 the only way Kinect will work aswell as psMove is if they introduce a wand aswell.. else its gonna do nothing more than give u a few more "gestures" to add to games that use a standard control scheme.. and whats the point of that?

Raykuza
Raykuza

How many handhelds do you think we can afford, Nintendo? Most of us don't even have our 3DSs yet!

Quinzark
Quinzark

it all rests on the games.

DryMaster
DryMaster

anyone else miss the days when we sat down and pressed buttons?

hollow56771
hollow56771

@ StingrayX5 I totally agree with you I bought the Kinect and PS Move, and the Move is WAY better and has alot of cool games for it, like Killzone and Socom, and the Kinect has what, Kinectmals? I don't even think we are even going to see a rated M game for Kinect.

HCaulfield24
HCaulfield24

I lost faith in Nintendo a while after I bought a Wii.

MoK86
MoK86

@ StingrayX5 ewww i dont think anybody with any kind of self respect would even own a PS move. gross why would you even bring this up?

XxParasite
XxParasite

@StingrayX5 Actually, the Wiimote has an infrared camera in it. That's what the black filter on the end is for...

seancoombes
seancoombes

6 inch screen would be huge and kinda unwieldy - that's nearly twice the size of a DS.

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

The 360 has the Kinect (camera only) The Wii has the Wii-Mote (controller only) The PS Move is a combination of both camera and controller...need I say more? ;) And that's not me being a fanboy...those are facts lol.

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

and... how does this confirm anything? I'm not believing anything until Nintendo themselves announce the details.

diggyman
diggyman

Oh wait. the camera was confirmed. duh XD

diggyman
diggyman

I cannot wait to see what these dudes have been working on these past cpl of years. Nintendo has been putting Sooo much money into R&D for this. I imagine it will pay off. I feel like, based on the few rumors out there, alleged and confirmed, Nintendo has heard our complaints and I bet they want to take care of em. Still, they're looking to bring innovation to the industry as well. So HD is a pretty safe bet. Same with the stronger, more competitive guts inside. And this 6" touch-screen buisness is a confirmed feature. I'm still curious about this 25Gig disk format that has been rumored and the controller's camera is iffy news as well. whatever the case, I'm sure there are more surprises than the ones "leaked" so far. I know It's good to save the best for last, but I wish Nintendo's press conference was tomorrow on the 6th! I'm sure MS and Sony have some cool stuff to show too, so I'm not complaining.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I don't know if I forgot to click submit a second ago,so I'll repost this: I hope Nintendo takes this chance to improve the two areas I feel they lack: Online Functionality. This is important. Graphics/HD.This is sort of important.Things need to look decent but as long as I can tell what I'm looking at,gameplay is the #1 most important thing in a game.And Big N isn't sort on that.I'd still like to see Mario,Samus,DK and friends in full HD,high graphics glory though.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

I hope they take this opportunity to improve in the only two areas I feel Nintendo lacks. Online functions.This is important. Graphics/HD. This is sort of important.Things need to look decent,but as long as I can tell what I'm looking at,gameplay is the single most important thing in gaming,and Nintendo isn't short on that.I'd still like to see Mario and Samus and friends in HD,high graphics glory though.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@ DaosVasheer Congrats on being 33.As if that means when you say,"Rehash," that's the last word on the matter. Being 33 you should notice that Nintendo is the only "old" game company still making consoles.Because they're good at what they do. Maybe you don't like them,but Mario,Zelda,Metroid,and just about every other IP Nintendo has made is full of what are undeniably great games.I fail to believe that the fantastic reviews across the board as well as the massive number of games sold in those franchises is the result of some form of mind control and bribing.As I said,you may not like them,and no one's making you,but the numbers,not the opinions, show they are great games. As to innovation,you've forgotten the first included d-pad,shoulder buttons,trigger,and thumbstick, and the more modern touch screen and motion control,both of which depend on preference,but are still successful forms of innovation,as realized by the competition.Then there's the first truly successful inclusion of relatively affordable 3D in gaming.There is currently no cheaper way to experience 3D gaming that just works.You get the system,games,screen and all,all in one package. Again,up to opinion,and still needs to stand the test of time,but so far so good.And that's just hardware,excluding the ways they've invented and evolved many genres and games.

HeavyMetalKirby
HeavyMetalKirby

Can't wait till it is released! nintendo is always improving.

Gipshaw
Gipshaw

I'm liking the idea for the controller, but 6 inches seems a little on the large side. I was thinking the PSVita's too big, and that screen is only 5 inches. Hopefully the rumors are wrong, because I can't see how anything larger than 4.3 inches could be comfortable to hold.

taddia
taddia

@greencyclonecyd: Uhm... yeah, check the best games of all time list and oh look: zelda ocarina of time is at 1st place. ups.

MusashiSensi
MusashiSensi

If I like what this new system has to offer & confirm it as a good investment, I will most likely get it day 1. However, this system would have to be a good investment in my eyes before I bought a Nintendo system this gen (this means that it will have to be launched with some good games & offer something that the other systems don't). Bring it home, Nintendo...Bring it home. I haven't played a Nintendo system since the N64, so lets go.

ekalbtwin
ekalbtwin

It has potential, but I like the wiimote with motion plus as it is so I hope the tablet controller is optional.

DBZKING1234
DBZKING1234

More gimmicks from Nintendo. I learned my lesson last time.

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

In a nutshell the console in a way is a big HD DS where the remote is obviously as mentioned the touch screen and the main monitor acting as the DS's top screen. Hmm this'll be interesting it's making me wonder why I got a 3DS now LMAO! Still could be great I'll wait a year after it's released to see if it's worth buying after the lessons I had from getting the Wii (BTW I am a Nintendo fan) but Christ I was really disappointed with the Wii

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

The eShop opens tomorrow also... that should ease my wounds until real games start coming out for the 3DS, like OOT.

riccardo90
riccardo90

there is a reason why they call it the big N

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

Still not sold on a "touch-screen" controller. It has to be expensive :( I prefer Wiimote 2 or something like that. Furthermore, I just bought my 3DS, what for should I need another portable device? I just hope it is really good...