The lights are on
Before the Wii U GamePad became what it is today, it was a weird Frankenstein monster of exposed circuit boards, double-sided tape, and tangled wires.
In the latest Iwata Asks piece featured on Nintendo's site, Iwata and pals showed off where the Wii U came from. Apparently is its earlier stages, it was coupled with the Wii Zapper controller. In the piece, Iwata also talks about how tinkering around with the Wii U prototypes led to the addition of a gyroscope in the 3DS' hardware, something that caused a large setback in production.
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So this was the original prototype?? Hmmm....
i...i dont even.
innovation at its best.
looks like my friends' ghetto rigged wii u.
That is pretty weird-looking, and unwieldy... they pretty much did glue Wiimotes to a 3DS.
Wow. Just, wow.
THE WiiDS LIVES.
oh~ prototypes eh? interesting, touch screen, wiimotes, nuchuck and gun with screen.... creative!
Did MacGyver put these together? :P
That's actually kind of funny. Takes us through the literal evolution of the idea.
Thank heavens they didn't keep that button layout...
It's just a tablet with two Wii-motes slapped on it. I'm glad they changed that.
Hahah nice. Origin stuff.
Im glad the didn't make that a permanent design. That looks uglier than the Wii U game pad itself now.
O_O intresting look galde they made it the way they did and not use those what ever they are lol.
They sure came a long way from THAT, didn't they? O.O
This is actually a cool process to see.