Nintendo Developing A Squishy Football Controller

By Spencer . August 24, 2009 . 10:15pm


Behind the scenes Nintendo is working on even more Wii accessories and their football controller has the potential to be a mass market hit.


A recently filed patent application by Howard Cheng, Vice President of Research and Development at Nintendo of America, reveals a plan for a soft football controller for use with the Wii and the remote.


So how does it work? Nintendo gives some examples.


Throwing – Players firmly strap their hands to the ball and make a throwing motion. The pitch angle and force of the throw determines the trajectory arc of the throw. Side to side motion determines the yaw angle. Pressing buttons on the Wii remote can adjust other options.


Running – The football controller sense body motion, shifting left and right to dodge tacklers and even jumping motions by raising the ball. Running speed is determined by players making a jogging motion.


Here’s a more detailed look at the system.


At the end of the document Nintendo presents solutions to enhance the football controller. Figure 4 shows the basic controller. Figure 8 adds the nunchuk, which can improve the controller’s sensitivity. Figure 9A includes Wii Motion Plus to detect orientation and improve ability to recognize actions.


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  • Guy: Mama, I DESTROYED the TV!!!

  • taiko1983

    A controller which is limited to football games. How far will it go? Maybe some football training game is on its way.

    • reid4213

      I think the idea is a special squishy football; which your current Wii remote fits into.

      • taiko1983

        Ic. A wiimote holder like the wii wheel for Mario Kart Wii.

  • TVs don’t stand a chance these days huh?

  • icanttellyoumyname

    This is a joke right? please please tell me it’s a joke

  • jhulsey

    You know…at this point, somehow a nerf football and a large backyard just seems a lot more reasonable to me :).

  • anonymous000
  • michaeltbraun

    Just a patent application – doesn’t mean it will ever get made.

    • Joanna

      I really do hope so. Some accessories seem reasonable (balance board), but others not so much. This one really does seem like the latter. But who knows, maybe it will be like the Wii Wheel, useless, but improves one’s enjoyment of Mario Kart.

      • fuzaku

        >improves enjoyment

        Does not compute.

        • Joanna

          It’s useless because you could play Mario Kart Wii without the wheel, but it improves my enjoyment of the game when I play with the wheel because the wheel feels more natural then just a wii mote.

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