With the introduction of touchscreens and motion controls, the cynical gamer might think it's a matter of time before Nintendo abandons the use of buttons all together. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata assures us that that's not what the company has planned.
During an Analyst Meeting earlier this week, Iwata was asked what his opinions of touch control devices such as tablets were and if any appealing qualities could make the jump to video gaming devices. As translated by Kotaku, Iwata used the DS as an example of how Nintendo has incorporated touch controls to gaming, and went on to elaborate:
Whenever we make a new game console, we've done it without throwing away buttons and the directional pad... The reason for that it's better to have them, because buttons and directional pads benefit gameplay response... 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.
Whatever new way of playing Nintendo is envisioning, it's good to know that some traditions are firmly being kept.