Official Nintendo Magazine

Log in to access exclusive Nintendo content, win prizes and post on our forums. Not a member yet? Join for free

Wii U: The original designs

See a cardboard GamePad

Last month, Nintendo revealed how they designed the Wii U and now they have unveiled the original designs for the Wii U GamePad during a new Iwata Asks.

This is a cardboard model of the Wii U GamePad created by Kazuyuki Motoyama, a designer from internet company Hatena.

Click to view larger image
To show what it could do, you could slide different pieces of paper into the screen. Motoyama admitted that it was a bit shabby but said "We wouldn't know how it felt unless we could actually hold it, but since we didn't have one, the only thing to do was make one. In the middle of the night, I cut pieces of cardboard and glued them together."

Wii U has come on a bit since then hasn't it?

Comments

9 comments so far...
Add a comment

  1. Commandervideo Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 10:51

    Considering I won't be able to get a WiiU for some time...
    I might have to resort to sticking bits of card together with glue and pretend I'm playing it... If I'm desparate that is. Unlikely.

    *Goes off to find card and glue*

  2. LavaTwilight Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 12:30

    It would have been perfect for playing Paper Mario on though 8)

  3. Mr Roboto Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 15:51

    It would have been perfect for playing Paper Mario on though 8)


    lol some one had to say that :mrgreen:

  4. 3DSRulesO.K Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 15:54

    It would have been perfect for playing Paper Mario on though 8)

    Imagine if that was an item in a Paper Mario game, he could use it as a scanner, or a way of keeping in touch with others, or shoot ninja stars at enemies with it!

  5. MartinIsAwesome Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 16:19

    I can see this being included as next months free gift. XD

  6. SM3DL2 Thursday 8th Nov 2012 at 21:58

    It is amazing how something as brilliant (and expensive) as the WiiU can start with something as simple (and cheap) as cardboard and paper.

  7. PuAl Friday 9th Nov 2012 at 00:13

    Misleading headline guys, they didn't reveal the original designs at all - they merely revealed a cardboard mock-up of an early design made by people with no hand in the design of the gamepad. It may reveal the original design, but it's just as likely that all they needed to reconstruct in perfect accuracy was the screen size, and thus it could generally look nothing like the original design.

  8. Hams96 Saturday 10th Nov 2012 at 05:14

    I can see this being included as next months free gift. XD


    agreed, as long as we don't have to build it ourselves like the abomination that was last months free gift

  9. the_yoshimaster Sunday 11th Nov 2012 at 02:09

    it must of took some work to make something like that and better yet i should do that myself :D

Register or log in to commment
Add a comment
Nintendo Co., Ltd. is the owner of certain copyright which subsists and trade marks and other intellectual property rights in certain content, characters, artwork, logos, scripts and representations used in this publication. All rights are expressly recognised and they are used by Future Publishing Limited under licence © 2006 Nintendo Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. "Nintendo", "International Nintendo Licensed Product" "Nintendo DS", "Nintendo DS Lite", "Nintendo DSi", "Nintendo 3DS", "Nintendo DSi XL", "Nintendo 3DS XL", "Wii" and "Wii U" and the associated logos are the trademarks of Nintendo Co. Ltd. All rights reserved.