Nintendo’s Patented Horseback Riding Wii Controller

By Spencer . August 10, 2009 . 4:43pm


If you thought the Wii Balance Board was off the beaten path wait until you see Nintendo’s Wii Horseback Riding Saddle. We’re not kidding about this.


The inflatable seat has a pocket for the Wii remote, which is used to sense movement via the accelerometers. Players hold the nunchuck to simulate holding the reins or, as the Nintendo patent describes, “a raised hand for balance as in Bronco riding, a lasso, a sword or other weapon, etc.”




Here’s a better look at the device. The cushion may inflatable, made of foam or another material, but it seems like Nintendo is leaning towards an inflatable seat. “A one-way air valve of conventional design may be provided to allow the user to inflate cushion. Construction may be similar to that of conventional inflatable exercise balls. An advantage of an inflatable design is that it is compact to ship and store.”



The patent, found in the European patent database, gives an example of a possible game.


For example, the Wii main unit can display the back of a horse’s head and background of a trail, a field, a battlefield or other environment the virtual horse is being ridden through (see Figure 1A). The image may change in response to detected motion of the user.


But, wait the seat isn’t limited to horesback riding! Nintendo says their inflatable seat can be used to simulate riding other animals. The patent lists “bulls, camels, elephants, burros, dolphins, whales” and imaginary creatures such as “dragons, griffons, unicorns, giant eagles” as possible mounts. Nintendo also suggests the seat can be used for vehicles too like “hang gliders or other aircraft, a magic carpet, a motorcycle, a jet-ski, a land or sea exploration vehicles.”


If a Zelda game ever comes out with a horseback riding mini-game or Mario Kart Wii 2 supports the seat controller thank Genyo Takeda, one of Nintendo’s lead research developers. His name is listed as one of the inventors on the patent.

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  • Why call it that when it should be called the Wii Rider?

    OH ****!!!

    • Pesmerga00

      Noooooo! Now I cannot unsee it!

  • wiiboy101

    no matter how mad or bonkers that looks wii all know it would rock big time

    im now imagining a doggy style sex game, were you ride said woman and nunchuck is for cheeky butt smacking, as you man pose in the mirror behind the inflatable woman kinda lol…..

    can i just strap a wiimote and nunchuck to my jack russel and ride him poor guy would get sqished

    • …………………………

      …tell me more.

    • Joolsy

      Hey, that’s a bit sexist, isn’t it?
      You know, it isn’t always the male that is on top :o)

  • VinLAURiA

    Damn it, Nintendo, I usually back you up on this torrent of attachments, but your “unbelievably stupid” side is showing again…

  • malek86

    Didn’t they say the WMP would have been the last accessory?

  • n3SHz

    will it shake like a real horse ? lol

  • MadMirko

    Hm, wouldn’t sitting on the balance board work even better, as you could still use the remote for pointing, etc?

    I guess this one is for hindering the competition instead of a serious develpment effort.

  • None

    Kids tebbie.. toy Shawn Huse… Wii

  • Thomas

    It looks like a potty…

    Don’t do it, Nintendo. Don’t do it.

    • Euan1337

      gah, everytime ilook at that pic i think of the toilet…
      wii toilet patent!

  • Oh Nintendo, and to think that you once created classics like Super Metroid and Zelda ALttP. What a fall from grace.

  • MrAptronym


    There is a line between selling improvements and real hardware upgrades (Rumblepack, Wii Motion Plus) and just shoveling out gimick-ware for heaps of cash. (Wii Vitality Sensor, Power Glove, THIS) I don’t think Nintendo knows where this line is, and I am not certain they care.

    Even if this thing really offered a good horse riding simulation, how many accessories do people want to buy? (Or store in their living rooms for that matter, it must be getting cluttered!)

  • jarrodand

    lol. I heard someone suggested a Panzer Dragoon game though, and as shameful as it is, I’d totally go for it if that happened.

  • ominonA


  • smrk

    It could be also used for simulation of copulation moves, i think.

  • Joanna

    ok, I was withholding judgment on the vitality sensor, but not this. This is too much. why nintendo why? The only thing that this accessory will be useful for is that one single simulation. D:

  • onno


  • eliel

    not my cup of tea…


    Wii Idiot Ball
    Wii Horseback Thing
    Wii Inflate-a-Rider
    Wii Potty Trainer

    Take your pick, Nintendo.

  • Impresionante, que sera lo siguiente???

  • hmmm, a little more vibration and this thing is no longer a kid toy

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