Nintendo Patents Show Wii-mote Originally Designed For GameCube [Update]

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A Nintendo patent from March 2006 shows that the company originally intended a Wii-mote style device for the GameCube. A patent drawing shows how the Wii Remote could link with the GC.

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A Wavebird-like adapter would be attached to the GameCube console, which would interface with the wand remote. There appears to be two separate sensors points on the television.

The wand remote in the patent drawings looks surprisingly similar to the finalized Wii-mote.

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Illustration for article titled Nintendo Patents Show Wii-mote Originally Designed For GameCube [Update]


There is also a patent drawing for a tennis game — which includes a drawing of Mario. Early shades of Wii Tennis, no doubt. So somewhere along the line, Nintendo decided to turn this add-on into the impetus for the console we now call the Wii.

Update: Miyamoto has talked about the early incarnations of the Wii before. This newly released patent simply confirms earlier suspicions.

Nintendo Patent Reveals [Siliconera]

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Patrick Henry

So they repackaged the gamecube into a white mold (enhancing that SEXY ipod look that gets all the nerds hot and bothered) and made it the primary controller.

Bravo, Nintendo. you are officially the marketing geniuses of the gaming world. You know what they're thinking? "We screwed the world out of SO MUCH MONEY. We made them buy a console that is basically the same thing as the last generation, threw in some stupid games, marketed it to soccer moms, and we're BILLIONAIRES!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH...!"

Oh, Wii is crap. I sold mine around August.