Nintendo Patent Reveals The Wii Remote Was Originally Made For The Gamecube

On March 10, 2006 Nintendo filed a patent for an “Accelerometer-based controller” in Japan, which is now registered on the US Patent and Trademark database. I wont bore you with the technical details because we know what it’s for, the Wii remote.

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On further perusal, the patent figures have some interesting tidbits. One sketch shows Mario playing tennis, which we know from a previous GDC was of the original concepts that became Wii Sports Tennis. Another figure shows the Wii remote linked to a Gamecube console via a Wavebird-like adapter.





Images courtesy of the USPTO / Nintendo.

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