Iwata Defends Buttons, Dispels Tablet Tabloids
In a recent Q&A posted on Nintendo of Japan’s official website, president Satoru Iwata made it clear that Wii’s successor will be sticking with a more conventional controller and have little or nothing to do with a touch screen.
“Whenever we make a new game console, we’ve always done it without abandoning buttons and the directional pad. I’m glad about that, because I’m a firm believer that buttons and directional pads enhance gameplay. And as such, we aren’t planning on completely ditching buttons, nor are we thinking of taking tablets and implementing them in a home gaming system.”
This comes after much speculation that Nintendo’s next console would be based around a device similar to the iPad.
Bootleg Mario Snakes its Way to Apple’s iPhone
Yesterday, a new game titled “Monino” was added to iPhone’s App Store, only to be removed shortly thereafter.
How such blatant copyright infringement ever managed to snake through Apple’s legal pipes remains a mystery.
Rumor: Rare Ltd. to Work on Nintendo 3DS
The rumor mill has churned up yet another interesting allegation, this time regarding Microsoft’s Rare developing games for Nintendo’s 3DS, with a Star Fox Adventures port and a new Banjo title being at the center of attention.
As you may recall, Rare worked under Nintendo for more than a decade before it was purchased by Microsoft in 2002. Yet in the years following that historic acquisition, Rare has still managed to loophole several titles for the Big N’s handhelds. This adds a little gravity to the rumors, though they should still be taken with a grain of salt at this point.