Sunday October 28, 2018

Japanese Auction Reveals Nintendo's First Wii Remote, for the GameCube

A recent listing on a Japanese auction site has revealed a never-before-seen Nintendo prototype controller, a Wii Remote designed for the GameCube. Selling for $663, it resembles the Wii one quite a bit, aside from the existence of an Ethernet port and sensor bar that plugs into the memory card slot.

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WayForward game development director James Montagna used his Twitter account on Saturday to confirm the controller's legitimacy: "I remember seeing these back when it was still known as the Nintendo Revolution!" he wrote. Montagna's memory was jarred in particular by noticing something interesting about the older Wii remote's d-pad and primary buttons: that they were lifted wholesale from the Game Boy Advance SP.