Nintendo is making a new video game console. Rumors state that the console has a touch screen—something Kotaku has confirmed with its own industry sources.
During a recent meeting, an analyst asked Iwata for his opinion of tablets. Iwata acknowledged their appeal, drawing comparisons between the Nintendo DS's touch interactivity.
"Whenever we make a new game console, we've done it without throwing away buttons and the directional pad," Iwata said. "The reason for that it's better to have them, because buttons and directional pads benefit gameplay response."
"Taking this into account," Iwata continued, "Nintendo isn't planning on completely ditching buttons, nor is Nintendo thinking of taking tablets as they are today and implementing them in a game console."
As previously reported, the controller will have eight buttons. No wonder Nintendo president Satoru Iwata isn't shy about singing the praises of buttons. Eight buttons, eight!