The Wii's new peripheral, MotionPlus, will be with us soon. And we know what it looks like. But here's what, but for the grace of God, it could have looked like.

The following pics were spotted on a European Union trademarks database, and show the progression of the device, from early prototype to production model.

Fascinating, no? Imagine if they'd gone with the marginally more rounded case instead of the fractionally less rounded case! It could have spelled the end of Wii dominance! The ruin of Nintendo!

Opinions differ on just which of these is which, but this is the order which we think they go in:


[via NeoGAF & Go Nintendo]