Nice overview of design choices Nintendo might pursue with Project Cafe. As well as patent images of past Nintendo products in order to gain more insight into future Nintendo design choices.
Would be interesting if Nintendo went a more expensive looking route with their design. The controllers on the other hand need to remain ergonomic, and if these rumors are to be true, I have no clue how they could even be lightweight let alone be comfortable or inexpensive.
This is the worrying thing controllers need to be lightweight and also cheap. I trust nintendo know a way to make it cheap and light but usually cheap light touch screens are of poor quality which nintendo tend to produce the oposite of this. It doesnt seem to add up. In reality solid built things of good quality are often heavier and also expensive
i like the design in the top right corner as long as its well ventilated. i say do an upgrade of the gamecube's controller without the 6 inch touchscreen.
i imagine the controller itself will be like the wii remote one they showed, and it will fit in a case to make a psuedo Dreamcast VMU type approach. either that or it'll be something like an ipod. in fact the ipod design makes the most sense considering that it needs to be able to stream games and take with you. so it'll be an ipod like thing with a shell
not sure what you mean by shell exactly, but if all the buttons are in the touchscreen then they wont be pressure sensitive. that would be going backwards
by shell, imean a case that you put it in that has buttons and analogs like what is shown in the article
I'm more interested in the specs. If its weaker than the PS3 count me out.
i knew these article were coming lol but it never hurts to speculate
Who cares what it looks like? Well it shouldnt be ugly, but its just a cover of what is inside. thats what matters the most. Design should be clean and the flow of air through the system should allow whats inside to stay cool. Looks is just a good bonus. I can ignore some plastic, but Ill love a proper finnish, good lines and smart solutions to its external design.
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The concept looks like a Mac mini! I like the design but then again it looks eerily similar to the mini. Apple would sue.
I'm guilty of commenting without reading the article. :-p The concept intentionally mimics the Mac mini. Good design, although Nintendo will definitely try to differentiate their offering from Apple.
Agreed. Although, Nintendo has been taking a very Apple approach to industrial design as of late, even going so far as to keep their packaging minimal. Then again Apple copies everything from Braun's Dieter Rams. So design is just coming full circle.
I didn't know that, haha. I did a quick search of Dieter Rams, and saw at once his influence on Apple's design philosophy. Arguably, the Wii is quite attractive in design. It would be even more so were it more powerful and could serve as an all in one entertainment hub. I'm optimistic about Wii 2 for the reason that Nintendo could learn from their mistakes and the competition. I'm also pessimistic that Nintendo will try to differentiate too much and ignore the problems inherent with the Wii. If Nintendo doesn't fix multiplayer and create a better online service I won't buy it.
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