You probably didn’t need Satoru Iwata to come right out and say it, mostly because if Nintendo were to abandon traditional gaming inputs they would have done so already when the iPhone blew up instead of adding an analog to the 3DS way after the iPad gained steam, but Nintendo has decided to reaffirm its commitment to good old fashioned buttons anyway.
“When we look at [a tablet] from the viewpoint of ‘developing software which uses a touch screen’, I think it is an interesting device if it creates an experience that is in line with the trend created by Nintendo DS,” according to Iwata. “On the other hand, we have never abandoned the + Control Pad and buttons for our game systems because we think these functions are advantageous when creating highly reactive games.” You and us both, Satoru Iwata. “However, this is only when we consider tablets as game devices and, for other purposes, I think tablets are very interesting, and they are a form of hardware that will continue to grow.” Feeling reassured about Project Cafe yet?
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