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Photo of Wii-U controller shows new buttons, analogue sticks

Photo of Wii-U controller shows new buttons, analogue sticks

Mon 21 May 2012 7:29am GMT / 3:29am EDT / 12:29am PDT
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Revised tablet device tweeted by Traveller's Tales QA tester

A photo which purporst to show a revised version of the Wii-U controller has surfaced on Twitter, posted by a QA tester at Traveller's Tales.

The post was made by a now deleted account and shows a controller which features full analogue sticks rather than the slider nubs which the 3DS uses. Start and select buttons have also been relocated to the right of the pad rather than the bottom and a logo has been added, seemingly cementing the devices' name.

The Wii-U is expected to be a prominent part of Nintendo's showings at the forthcoming E3 and Tokyo Games Show. Traveller's Tales is currently working on LEGO Batman 2, with LEGO Lord of the Rings thought to be next in the pipeline.

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Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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Other differences I note are the analog sticks are shifted more to the outside of the D-pad and the face buttons, a ring light encircles the Home button, the Wii U logo is on the bottom left (might put a damper on name change rumors) and there are 2 white squares that don't appear to have any obvious functionality.

Power plug looks similar to the 3DS power plug.


Definitely glad to see classic analog sticks over the analog slider pads used in the early display units.

Posted:2 years ago

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Daniel Hughes
Studying PhD Literary Modernism

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Analog sticks are a good inclusion and almost certainly another sign Nintendo is taking third party feedback on board here; sliders don't click, and most PS3/360 games use the L/R3 function. It would've been a pointless complication for developers when working on Wii U, forcing them to map existing functions onto different parts of the pad. Instead, control schemes can be moved over wholesale, perhaps (if they're brave!) giving a little more time to play around with the screen and other functions.

I'd also forgotten the pad had a mic built in, though now I remember the video chat function they displayed last year. Kinect like "Wii U play" voice commands? Or just one more way of ensuring parity with modern third party design--every gamer has a mic for online play, this way.

Posted:2 years ago

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Keldon Alleyne
Handheld Developer

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I've noticed that they're also using a circular analogue stick guide instead of their octagonal one, which I quite liked.

Posted:2 years ago

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