Nintendo's set to announce its Wii successor, codenamed Project Cafe next month at E3, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from speculating on what features the controller will have. Besides a six-inch touchscreen, the new controller is now said to have a camera.
According to game design site Develop, one of its sources believes a front-facing camera will definitely make an appearance on the new controller. But why would Nintendo add a camera to home console controller?
Probably for the same reason they've added tiny, cheap and crappy resolution cameras to just about all their new handhelds — the gimmick factor. I wouldn't be surprised if the camera was used to automatically make a Mii based off your photo (like on the 3DS) or used to map your face to in-game characters.
If this rumor does come true, don't expect the camera to be of super-high quality; Nintendo's never been a fan of using good cameras in its portable devices. Anyone else kind of sick of cameras stuffed into every gadget imaginable?