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Wii 2 Controller to Have 6.2-inch Touchscreen?

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Rumors are flying that a new console from Nintendo will ship in the fall. According to various sources, Wii 2, Wii HD or “Project Cafe” as it’s known by insiders, will have one incredible controller/remote. While I don’t know how accurate this IGN mockup is, the idea of a 6.2-inch diagonal touchscreen with 8 buttons is certainly intriguing.

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This mockup definitely looks un-Nintendo-like, but ultimately, it will be interesting to see where they will place the touchscreen and those eight buttons, and still end up with a usable controller. The controller will continue to have the same functions as the ones from the current Wii. This could help prove rumors that the new Wii will be backward compatible with the previous generation.

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For now, speculation will continue until Nintendo’s E3 conference in June, which is when the word on the street is that Nintendo will reveal all. All in all, it’s pretty good news because I was getting tired of the current crop of consoles. I’ve had my Xbox 360 since 2005 and while Microsoft claims that they won’t release a new console before 2014. But once a new Wii is out, they’ll probably have to accelerate their plans.

[via Ubergizmo]






Comments (4):

  1. Pips says:

    I would have to agree with you. The current consoles right now are old news, and don’t look very good anymore compared to even low end PCs. Nintendo picked a great time to start the next generation of consoles, it’s just too bad Sony and Microsoft are leaving themselves to play catch up… I mean, two years is a long time in the console world. Everyone will be playing fully antialiased 1080p games at 60fps on the new Nintendo. They will look at their PS3/360s running at 720p with jaggies and move over.

    • KennyOh! says:

      I disagree, the PS3 has just hit it’s prime, with devs starting to make good use of it’s cell. Yes the 360 is aging, but It’s not long since it got a makeover. And the motion-controllers add more life to them. I don’t think current gen console graphics are so much worse than PC that it justifies a new gen just yet (Come on, they’re still good). If Nintendo release a WiiII next year (or even later this year, as some rumors seemingly suggests), which could very well happen, with the speculated specs, it will fit in the current gen by spec, only to me left in the dust by 3-party devs when Sony and MS release their new consoles in 2013-14. Kinda like the Wii.
      A bold and ultimately foolish move IMO.

    • Technabob says:

      Yeah, when you think about how quickly improvements are made in systems like the iPad and iPhone – with new devices and hardware improvements every year, it’s going to be really hard for consoles to stick with the old “every 5 to 10 year” upgrade cycle without becoming obsolete. Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoy by Xbox 360 and PS3, but by the time the iPad 3 comes out next year, it’ll probably have better graphics than either console – and can output via HDMI at HD resolutions.

  2. Range says:

    It might force Sony and MS to reconsider their long-range plans. I think that both the Playstation and Xbox 360 need an update. It’s been 6 years since the Xbox 360 has been introduced. That’s a long time in consoles and I think the only reason why they didn’t release a new console is because the other companies haven’t done so.

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