The Wii U GamePad started life as this
Nintendo has revealed an image of the prototype Wii U GamePad, involving two Wiimotes and some double-sided tape.
How far we've come. This is the prototype of theGamePad controller. And yes, those are Wiimotes sellotaped either side. (I'm not exaggerating either. They used double-sided tape, according to Takayuki Shimamura in Nintendo's software development department.)
While it may look a bit shoddy, it's an interesting insight into how the company develops its hardware. According to the Q&A, "The way that Nintendo makes hardware is to take an idea that has arisen and make something makeshift and actually try it out."
Around 30 versions of prototype software were tested on it -- one of which was shown as a screen mounted on a Wii Zapper controller. But then I suppose instigating a second screen is going to involve a lot of trial and error.
Nintendoafter last year. The Wii U went on sale in the UK last week, though it was in the US and here in Blighty. Nintendo did give away some for those getting down to the midnight launch at HMV on London's Oxford Street, though.
The Wii U doesn't have nearly as much storage as advertised,. The 8GB model only has around 3GB of storage, for example.
In its first week,in the US. think that while it's a lot of fun, it's too complicated for the 'casual' gamers Nintendo wants to attract. It could prove too pricey too, with Johnny Casual used to bashing away at games on his phone for free.
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