Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, debuted the final design for the Wii U GamePad this afternoon, via a Nintendo Direct presentation. Explaining the “Wii U GamePad” name, Iwata said that Nintendo looked to the NES controller’s name for inspiration and felt that the term “gamepad” suited the Wii U controller as well.

Since E3 2011, the Wii U GamePad has seen a few changes. Most prominently, it now features proper analog sticks that can “click” down:


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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