In 2006, Nintendo's Wii console broke new ground when it came to using motion-based controls in video games thanks to…
In 2006, Nintendo’s Wii console broke new ground when it came to using motion-based controls in video games thanks to its unique voice-like remote control. Now we get a rare look at an official prototype version of the Wii remote control thanks to a Japanese auction list. Just outside of the bat, it’s clear that the remote control is very similar to the consumer version released with Wii, but what’s interesting here is that the prototype is designed to work with GameCube, Nintendo’s console before Wii.
The overall shape and key layout of the prototype remote control is very close to the production Wii model, but instead of being an entire wireless controller, it uses a hard disk connection and at the end of that line it is a connector for GameCube control ports. The prototype even has its own “nunchuk” control ̵
1; included in the auction – and while still connecting to the remote as the Wii version did, it uses an Ethernet cable.
Like Wii, the prototype remote control is based on an infrared-based sensor field for tracking movements, but in this case it connects to GameCube via the console memory card slot. The entire prototype set was noted on Japan’s auctions in Yahoo and was sold last week for 74,000 yen (about 662 US dollars).
Together with posting photos, the buyer who goes “smprp” on Twitter notes that they can not get the prototype Wii Remote to work with any of their own GameCube hardware. There is no word on the prototype seller or origin, but James Montagna, director of developer WayForward, has confirmed the authenticity of the device and said he saw them use when Nintendo still referred to the Wii console as the “Revolution.”
The reason for the GameCube connector is more likely because this prototype was used with the early-developed Wii hardware that simply invoked control ports from the previous generation console. Or it could have been allowing developers to get a feel for Wii’s new control mechanisms when they test early versions of their upcoming games on GameCube hardware.
SOURCE Yahoo Auctions, smprp / Twitter