Nintendo Patent Reveals Unreleased "Wii Light" Accessory

By Spencer . April 5, 2011 . 4:02pm

Nintendo was (and perhaps still is) working on a mood lighting accessory for the Wii that reacts to how you play a video game. A patent filed back in Japan circa 2009 reveals the device, which has not been released to market yet. Plug the "Wii Light" into your console and the LEDs blast a rainbow of colors.

 

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The Wii Light is made up of red, blue, and green LEDs. By turning on different LEDs and adjusting saturation the accessory can output 256 different colors.

 

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Light from the LEDs go through condensing lenses to blend the colors from each LED so the light appears as one colored beam.

 

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In addition to changing colors, the Wii Light can output different intensities and patterns, like blinking. The patent also details how developers could use the device with games. Take a fighting or shooting game, the Wii Light could change color when a bullet hits its mark or if a fist reaches a face. Games could be programmed to synchronize button presses with light flashes or changing colors too.

 

Perhaps, more interesting application is a proposal for music games. The Wii Light can change colors to match a game’s background music. For music games, the light can sync to a player’s plastic instrument so players can hear and see how well they’re playing [insert instrument here] Hero.

 

If Nintendo decided to go through with the Wii Light, would you buy one? Better question what would make you want one?


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