Prototypes Of The Wii Remote, Nunchuk, And Classic Controller

By Spencer . April 23, 2009 . 2:06pm

Digging through a series of patent documents I discovered alternate design documents for the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Classic Controller. The hardware is finalized now, but looking back at what could have been is pretty neat!


One early nunchuck design is shaped like a block. Doesn’t look comfortable to hold either compared to the ergonomic nunchuck in stores.




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One version of the Classic Controller isn’t very “classic”. The controller with two analog sticks on the side looks like it’s made for Katamari Damacy and not much else. I wouldn’t want to play any Virtual Console games with a cramped D-pad and face button layout.




Here’s where we have a lot of variation. One Wii remote had an analog stick instead of face buttons. Another design has a flat directional pad. And then there is a conceptual Wii remote with two extra buttons. I wonder what Nintendo planned to use those for.


Do any of these scrapped designs look good or better than the final Wii remote?

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  • MisterNiwa

    Well, im happy that they look like how they look like now. :D

  • None

    Nice yeah… D:

  • zingers

    what a load of crap! one of your staff just drew these on autoCAD you liars

    • Vino (Tim N)

      Lol calm down person.

      This article is cool. The analog joystick for the wiimote might have been cool.

    • daizyujin

      Hey man, give Spencer a break. He isn’t one of these asshats like on Kotaku. He knows what he is doing. As for the designs, I agree with RavenSchwann, the one with the analogue stick looks interesting. I often wondered what the wiiremote could have been like had I not had to have a chuck dangling off of it.

  • Rocketujuiso

    I think extra buttons around the A button (x, y and b, just like the gamecube) should have been in there from the get-go, but none of these alternative designs look good. Aesthetics are important too, but for prototype designs I suppose they could fly.

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