Wii U Inspired By Original Concept for Wii Remote

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Posted by patrickklepek (6019 posts) -
An image from a Nintendo patent that would add a touchpad display to the Wii remote design.

There’s clearly more to Wii U than what Nintendo has shown so far, as evidenced by last week’s surprise announcement of the tablet-esque controller featuring near-field communication technology.

Nintendo has also been seriously thinking about the idea of a controller with a screen attached for some time, based on comments by the company in its recent Q&A session with investors.

Genyo Takeda, Nintendo’s senior managing director and general manager of the integrated research and development division (!), responded to a question about differentiating Wii U from other hardware manufacturers, and dropped this tidbit.

“So, how to differentiate the Wii U in terms of brand-new uniqueness with other video game systems is important,” he said, “and regarding this point, all I can say today is, we now have the new controller which revolves around the original concept of the Wii Remote, and the developers can take advantage of multiple screens, which enable them to leverage upon the unique combination of a big TV screen and a smaller screen in player’s hands.”

Even though Wii U is coming many years after Wii, if Takeda isn’t just messing with us, what we’re seeing with Wii U is simply fulfilling part of an idea Nintendo has been kicking around for a while.

The Wii remote and nunchuck will both be compatible with Wii U. A Nintendo patent was discovered last year detailing a version of the Wii remote with a touchpad display, essentially bringing the whole thing full circle.

You should read the whole Q&A, which also includes extensive comments from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and designer Shigeru Miyamoto. There are no startling revelations--that will come at E3--but it’s all interesting.

#1 Posted by patrickklepek (6019 posts) -
An image from a Nintendo patent that would add a touchpad display to the Wii remote design.

There’s clearly more to Wii U than what Nintendo has shown so far, as evidenced by last week’s surprise announcement of the tablet-esque controller featuring near-field communication technology.

Nintendo has also been seriously thinking about the idea of a controller with a screen attached for some time, based on comments by the company in its recent Q&A session with investors.

Genyo Takeda, Nintendo’s senior managing director and general manager of the integrated research and development division (!), responded to a question about differentiating Wii U from other hardware manufacturers, and dropped this tidbit.

“So, how to differentiate the Wii U in terms of brand-new uniqueness with other video game systems is important,” he said, “and regarding this point, all I can say today is, we now have the new controller which revolves around the original concept of the Wii Remote, and the developers can take advantage of multiple screens, which enable them to leverage upon the unique combination of a big TV screen and a smaller screen in player’s hands.”

Even though Wii U is coming many years after Wii, if Takeda isn’t just messing with us, what we’re seeing with Wii U is simply fulfilling part of an idea Nintendo has been kicking around for a while.

The Wii remote and nunchuck will both be compatible with Wii U. A Nintendo patent was discovered last year detailing a version of the Wii remote with a touchpad display, essentially bringing the whole thing full circle.

You should read the whole Q&A, which also includes extensive comments from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata and designer Shigeru Miyamoto. There are no startling revelations--that will come at E3--but it’s all interesting.

#2 Posted by JackSukeru (5950 posts) -

I'm too embarrased to try this.

#3 Posted by Mijati (948 posts) -

Interesting

#4 Posted by Morningstar (2232 posts) -

Anybody excited by this?

#5 Posted by PatVB (332 posts) -

Cool! I still don't know what to make of the WiiU, but I'm interested to hear more.

#6 Posted by Tan (425 posts) -

Always interesting to hear anything about the WiiU. Next gen is gonna be weeeeird.

#7 Posted by CakeBomb (222 posts) -

The drawing of the idea looks weirdly cool, like a Star Trek apparatus.

#8 Posted by prestonhedges (1965 posts) -

"an question"

#9 Posted by Hailinel (25203 posts) -

Interesting, and also not altogether unusual. A lot of such ideas are born from previously scrapped incarnations.

#10 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11456 posts) -

Dreamcast did it first though. NEVER FORGET THE VMU!

#11 Posted by Jolt92 (1568 posts) -

E3 will be very interesting to say the least.

#12 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5289 posts) -

Well that's interesting.
 
Nintendo, keep on keepin' on man.

#13 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

Dreamcast did it first though. NEVER FORGET THE VMU!

Nevar forget.

#14 Posted by JackSukeru (5950 posts) -

If I recall correctly, didn't they also once say that their idea of having motion controls dated back to the NES?

The WiiU is definetly interesting, more interesting than any regular motion controls as far as I'm concerned, and it's what I'm currently most looking forward to hearing about at this years E3. Then again, that was also true of last year's E3 and that didn't turn out...great.

#15 Posted by sgt_smack (3 posts) -

wtf

#16 Edited by Hailinel (25203 posts) -

@RockmanBionics said:

If I recall correctly, didn't they also once say that their idea of having motion controls dated back to the NES?

The WiiU is definetly interesting, more interesting than any regular motion controls as far as I'm concerned, and it's what I'm currently most looking forward to hearing about at this years E3. Then again, that was also true of last year's E3 and that didn't turn out...great.

I'm not sure about motion controls, but Miyamoto has stated in the past that the idea behind the Mii extends that far back. As far as this year's E3 is concerned, I imagine that Nintendo will have a better showing now that the 3DS is exiting the post-launch game drought and the Wii U will have more substance behind it than a few controller tech demos.

#17 Posted by fazzle (309 posts) -

I want Gungirl for WiiU, with.....touch options on the tablet. Also just imagine all the extra "toys" you can put on the tablet with NFC chips in them

#18 Posted by Shaanyboi (1335 posts) -

I'm excited to get my hands on a Wii U. I just hope the games will be there...

#19 Posted by mbr2 (570 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

Dreamcast did it first though. NEVER FORGET THE VMU!

Sonic Adventure was an inside job! THE GOVERNMENT IS LYING TO YOU!!!

#20 Posted by zombie007 (102 posts) -

Inspired by the Dreamcast, you mean.

#21 Posted by ddensel (388 posts) -

Nintendo's been tinkering with separate screens since the connectivity days between Gamecube and the Gameboy Advance (Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles) You could even say the DS was the natural progression of Nintendo's interest in two screen gaming. Knowing this history, I wasn't too surprised by the look of the Wii U myself.

#22 Posted by TehFlan (1944 posts) -

Have they actually announced any games for this thing yet?

#23 Posted by Tarsier (1076 posts) -

ugh its so stupid it seems like an onion story. get the heck away nitendo

#24 Posted by JackSukeru (5950 posts) -

@Hailinel: I'm clenching my fists that they will.

#25 Posted by Kamikaze_Tutor (157 posts) -
#26 Posted by Chibithor (574 posts) -

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

#27 Posted by FancyKnight (2 posts) -

Thats what the controller is gonna look like!? It looks hilarious! XD

#28 Posted by Hailinel (25203 posts) -

@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

That Retro Studios is working on a title that's high in demand doesn't mean that it's another Metroid Prime title. No one expected them to be the developer of a Donkey Kong Country game, so their new project could literally be just about anything.

#29 Posted by Blubba (527 posts) -

If this thing doesn't support 4 controllers though, it's pretty dumb. From my experience, I think the Wiimote is a hot pile of crap and I'm not buying 4 Motion Plus dongles. I don't want multiplayer experiences based on the concept of one person having the awesome controller while the other people are playing with the dumb controllers.

#30 Posted by PrincessMattakiStar (15 posts) -

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

#31 Posted by billyhoush (1192 posts) -

I will never underestimate Nintendo.

#32 Posted by FoxMulder (1709 posts) -

sheesh...Nintendo, what have you become?!?!?! Sad to see one of the biggest gaming companies from who shaped my childhood really going off the deep end. Atleast they got it right with the DS!!!

#33 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4981 posts) -
@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Another Metroid from Retro Studios does not scream "a project that everyone wants us to do"...
#34 Posted by zityz (2360 posts) -

@PrincessMattakiStar said:

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Funny thing is. People have been saying this since the N64. It makes me chuckle every time.

#35 Posted by Mb246 (70 posts) -

@zityz said:

@PrincessMattakiStar said:

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Funny thing is. People have been saying this since the N64. It makes me chuckle every time.

but for real this time.

#36 Posted by eugenesaxe (199 posts) -

They've been doing it for years, it's called "hand-held game machines". Another example of "fresh" thinking that isn't.

#37 Posted by KaneRobot (1791 posts) -

@zityz said:

@PrincessMattakiStar said:

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Funny thing is. People have been saying this since the N64. It makes me chuckle every time.

Not sure why you're laughing, since Nintendo has only had one industry leading home console since the N64. I guess it depends on your definition of fail.

#38 Posted by Lemonhead (68 posts) -

@KaneRobot said:

Not sure why you're laughing, since Nintendo has only had one industry leading home console since the N64. I guess it depends on your definition of fail.

They're leading this generation, but did not lead the last one. Winning 1 out of 2 in a 3 player game is..failing?

#39 Edited by NoelVeiga (1107 posts) -

@KaneRobot said:

@zityz said:

@PrincessMattakiStar said:

Sadly, I think the WiiU is gonna fail. Yea, Nintendo is seemingly good at capturing the casual gamer market, but I think that it is too soon. People are still getting over the wii fad, and I don't think they are ready to drop a load of money on yet another system. As for the hardcore gamers... Well, Nintendo just doesn't seem to care about you and me. Seriously, Nintendo is on a downward spiral. This is just my opinion.

Funny thing is. People have been saying this since the N64. It makes me chuckle every time.

Not sure why you're laughing, since Nintendo has only had one industry leading home console since the N64. I guess it depends on your definition of fail.

The N64 was not even close to being a leading console on its generation. The Playstation 1 has that honour. The Wii is the first Nintendo home console to lead its gen since the SNES.

EDIT: For the record, you're still totally right about the other thing. Remember how the Gamecube was their last console for sure because who the hell had the idea to make one button larger than the others? Clearly appealing to the casuals would never work on a home console at all.

#40 Posted by NoelVeiga (1107 posts) -

@OllyOxenFree said:

@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Another Metroid from Retro Studios does not scream "a project that everyone wants us to do"...

Really? Because I can scream it into your ear if you need to hear it.

I WOULD TOTALLY LIKE TO HAVE AN HD METROID PRIME!

There.

#41 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

Will nintendo ever get fucking real? This shit is getting annoying

#42 Posted by I_smell (3924 posts) -

But where is the nintendo horse-bag?

#43 Posted by Sinful (211 posts) -

*cough*...VMU...*cough*

#44 Posted by Helios1337 (328 posts) -

It will be interesting to see how this sells. The casual market that they sold the majority of the Wii too won't be ready to buy a new "thing we play bowling on" and the "hardcore" market (us?) will likely take a wait and see approach.

#45 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2699 posts) -

I hope this thing fails hard as a motherfucker.

#46 Posted by Contrarian (1143 posts) -

Well, I suppose if people don't like what Nintendo is offering, they could ..... well, you know, not buy it?

#47 Posted by jackelbeaver (139 posts) -

sega does what nintendont

#48 Posted by beast780 (12 posts) -

Right now, I'm leaning towards getting the Wii U, if it's priced like I think it will be.

#49 Posted by RetroVirus (1486 posts) -

@NoelVeiga said:

@OllyOxenFree said:

@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Another Metroid from Retro Studios does not scream "a project that everyone wants us to do"...

Really? Because I can scream it into your ear if you need to hear it.

I WOULD TOTALLY LIKE TO HAVE AN HD METROID PRIME!

There.

I TOO WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE AN HD METROID PRIME ANNOUNCED!

#50 Posted by punkxblaze (2990 posts) -

@RetroVirus said:

@NoelVeiga said:

@OllyOxenFree said:

@Chibithor said:

@TehFlan: Retro Studios is working on "a project everyone wants us to do" (Metroid!) for the console, if that counts. Darksiders 2 is also coming among some other multiplatform games. Also Smash Bros.

Another Metroid from Retro Studios does not scream "a project that everyone wants us to do"...

Really? Because I can scream it into your ear if you need to hear it.

I WOULD TOTALLY LIKE TO HAVE AN HD METROID PRIME!

There.

I TOO WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE AN HD METROID PRIME ANNOUNCED!

I AM TOTALLY BACKING THESE DUDES UP. ALWAYS BE PRIME.

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