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Secrets of Wii U Controller Design Revealed by Patent

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  1. Maura

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    Eurogamer reports today that fresh details about the Wii U’s controller have been revealed in Wii U patent documents that have just been unearthed by NeoGAF. According to the plans, the touchscreen controller will have flash memory, an IR port, a speaker similar to that on the Wii Remote, a microphone, and a magnetometer. According to The Video Game Writers, the patent says that the magnetometer is designed to work in conjunction with the controller’s gyroscope and accelerometer. Apparently the PlayStation Move has something similar, which is basically designed to ensure that the motion sensor works as accurately as possible.

    Some other very welcome news revealed by the patent is the fact that the controller will be powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries instead of the AA batteries that are currently used in the Wii Remote. The patent doesn’t give away much in terms of specs, or how any of these various features might work, but as The Escapist notes, some of the illustrations seem to indicate that the actual Wii U console will be very similar in size and shape to the original Wii. One of the illustrations (pictured here) shows how you would play a golf game using the Wii Remote, and with the Wii U touchscreen controller placed on the floor, presumably so that the player can use it to line up their shot, or something similar. Intriguing!

    Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-08-12-wii-u-patent-reveals-tablet-details
    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/112261-Patent-Documents-Reveal-Wii-U-Controller-Details
    http://videogamewriters.com/more-wii-u-tablet-controller-innards-revealed-in-patent-20027
     
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    Splash_King The Scrubbiest of Hunters

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    I've been expecting a lot out of the controller before even reading about these specs, and my standards happily stay. =) I'm sure there're still just as many WiiU skeptics as there were haters against the Wii, though. :lol:

    Out of all of this though, the fact the tablet has internal rechargeable batteries is pretty cool, though. I lol'd about people complaining about removing the Jacket or the Wii Motion Plus to switch batteries, but it is a nice convenience to have. Always having it mostly, if not fully charged is pretty handy.

    /lazy american
     
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    WiiAssasin The ride never ends

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    I suppose its good to be able to use the Wiimote in conjunction with the Wiiu. Doesn't seem like the Wii U will be critisized as much as the Wii was.
     
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    ^^^ Never underestimate the stupidity of haters. Never.

    I'm confident all the fanboys'll start lookin' down on it as soon as the next Sony/Microsoft console is released. Even if the reason's without justification, haters will always find a way to claim Nintendo's newest console is garbage. :lol:
     

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