Wii U prototype is literally a Wii duct taped together

#1SolnotPosted 12/7/2012 11:40:04 PM
http://www.shacknews.com/article/76963/wii-u-prototype-is-literally-a-wii-duct-taped-together

Noteworthy game developer Chris Hecker generated quite a bit of controversy when he famously described Wii as two Gamecubes duct-taped together. While Wii's graphical prowess has become less of a point of contention over time, similar debates seem to be rising over Wii U's equally-underpowered specs. This time around, it isn't an outspoken developer that's bringing the duct tape--it's Nintendo themselves.

In the latest edition of Iwata Asks, Nintendo's president revealed this early prototype of the Wii U, which literally tapes together two Wii Remotes and a monitor. Not only was the early GamePad prototype conceived in such a practical way, Nintendo's Tatsuya Eguchi noted that early software simulations for Wii U simply used two Wii consoles.

Takayuki Shimamura from Nintendo's EAD studio revealed that "about 30" software prototypes were developed using this prototype device. Some of those games eventually led to the development of Nintendo Land's various mini-games.

The GamePad was inspired by yet another odd prototype: a Wii Zapper with a screen attached to it (seen above). The genesis of this concept was the desire to have gameplay using both a small screen in your hands and the television screen. According to Eguchi, that was "the start of two-screen gameplay" for Nintendo's internal teams.

"We tested gameplay that involved moving the Wii Zapper and having images from the Wii move in sync on a monitor in your hands. It was fairly well received," Shimamura described. "Thanks to this prototype, however, we were able to explain the structure of Wii U—having a screen in your hands—and it became more compelling."

Given Nintendo's success with the Wii U so far, perhaps duct tape isn't such a bad thing after all.
#2Xeeh_BitzPosted 12/7/2012 11:47:35 PM
Nice
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#3_FalstaffPosted 12/7/2012 11:50:29 PM
I heard that Nintendo wasn't even planning on shipping the duct tape with the Wii U before they changed the design. Is that true?
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#4PsienceWinsPosted 12/7/2012 11:51:58 PM
Even Nintendo themselves feed the trolls.
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#5Someguy_13Posted 12/8/2012 12:09:38 AM
Misleading topic title.

the GAMEPAD prototype was two Wiimotes taped to a monitor.

It says nothing about the Wii U itself.
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#6pokemega32Posted 12/8/2012 12:20:29 AM
How does one tape a singular object "together"?
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#7SocranPosted 12/8/2012 12:25:44 AM
pokemega32 posted...
How does one tape a singular object "together"?


Obviously, they broke it in half and then glued it back together.

But yeah, this probably rustled some jimmies with people who imagine that "prototype" is another term for something that was originally intended to be a finished product. I guess they just watched too much giant robot anime.

....Hahaha, no, I'm just kidding. There's no such thing as too much giant robot anime.
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#8bleedingelitePosted 12/8/2012 12:34:46 AM
Oh my god that's awful I'm returning my wii u and using the money to take OP's mother out to dinner
#9pokemega32Posted 12/8/2012 12:40:24 AM
Socran posted...
Obviously, they broke it in half and then glued it back together.


How does one duct tape something using glue?
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#10SocranPosted 12/8/2012 12:52:34 AM
pokemega32 posted...
Socran posted...
Obviously, they broke it in half and then glued it back together.


How does one duct tape something using glue?


Because duct tape is made out of solidified glue. Stop questioning my logic!
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