May 19th, 2012

Wii U controller patent
Nintendo has been filing patents like crazy: the latest one involves the Wii U controller and the old Wiimote interacting in an innovative way. As the patent image above shows, the Wiimote could be used to “swipe” and move an item from the Wii U controller to the TV, or vice versa: transport an object from the game to the tablet. The Wii U is fully compatible with all older Wii accessories, including the Wiimote, Nunchucks, Balance Board, etc. Nintendo has showcased that the Wiimote will be required in split-screen and offline multiplayer gaming, since only one Wii U controller will be allowed per console.

Earlier this month it was revealed that Nintendo patented a Wii U controller dock. The controller sports a 6.2 inch touchscreen with 854 x 480 resolution. Among the other Wii U accessories for the controller are the stylus pen and an updated Zapper attachment. It’s expected that Nintendo will unveil even more accessories and controller features at E3. However, the design of the device and console seems to be final, so we don’t expect big news on that front.

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  • alienfish

    This article came a little late. Anyway, I don’t see how this idea is anything more than a sad way to keep the Wiimote alive. Pointing the pad at the screen to target something to capture on the small screen would be a much better way to show off the controller in my opinion. I don’t want anything to do with Wiimotes unless it’s a game like Skyward Sword where holding a stick in your hand is the best way to do it. I much prefer the touch pad controller with dual analog circle pads and the ability to couple it with a new zapper for any shooter style games. Although I still think they should put two analog sticks on the new zapper so that movement is completely controlled by them; aiming could be done with the gyro.

    • Miks

      It’s not really a sad way of keeping the Wiimote alive, it’s more of a ”this hasn’t been done yet, and it could save people some money” case.

  • Indighost

    It kinda reminds me of iron man where they have the pointer and can transfer things from screen to screen with it.

  • alex

    Gee, Im going to need my little sister to be a coat hanger when Im playin for all this stuff.

  • david6

    Its the middle of the night, and this thread is done and no one can attack me. This is stupid. Ids rather throw all of it into the tv to make it stop.