Huge New Details About Project Cafe For E3 2011

As relayed by Gamespot, the Nikkei news service has reported on some extremely interesting details about Nintendo’s upcoming new console, currently code-named ‘Project Cafe’. The controller will include a touch screen interface (6 inch screen!) on the center, allowing the ability to play games as one would on iPhone/Android or tablet. But it gets better. The new controller can also be used as a “portable game device”, which means presumably it can function independent of the console itself.

Reports are also emerging that the console will include a camera allowing players to “to create characters based on pictures they snap.” Of course, the 3DS already does this, allowing players to create 3D Miis using the 3D camera. What this means is unclear. Is this a signal from Nintendo that the controller will be compatible with DS games? Will the touch screen support 3D? Or will it be available only for games specific to the new console. We’ll obviously be doing everything we can to answer these questions next week during E3 2011.

In the meantime, if this sounds familiar, it’s because Sega already tried something similar in 1999 with the Dreamcast console. That controller also featured an interactive screen (not touch), and could function independently as a portable gaming system.

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