Nintendo made buttons seem like the enemy of accessibility when it revealed the motion-controlled Wii Remote back in 2005, which offered very few of them for developers to work with. Now Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata says Nintendo isn't ready to let go of the traditional gaming input.
Nintendo's next home console controller will feature a six-inch touch screen, CVG sources and several subsequent reports have suggested, but Iwata assures gamers Nintendo won't be ditching buttons in favour of a tablet-style (iPad-like) touch-screen only mechanic.
"Whenever we make a new game console, we've done it without throwing away buttons and the directional pad," said Iwata in a recent investor's Q&A (via Kotaku).
"The reason for that it's better to have them, because buttons and directional pads benefit gameplay response," he added.
"Taking this into account, 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."
Fitting he would say that now, considering rumours suggest Nintendo's next console, set for reveal at E3, will have two analogue sticks and eight buttons. Oh yes.