Wii U Controller Adds Analog Sticks?

By Pete Haas 2012-05-19 23:36:53 discussion comments
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Nintendo seems to have made some big changes to the Wii U's tablet controller since the last time they showed it off to the public. A leaked photo from a quality assurance tester reveals that they've added analog sticks to the controller.

The Wii U's controller used to have rounded nubs, similar to the 3DS. The photo (via GamesRadar) shows raised analog sticks. This seems like a necessary change. Ultimately Nintendo is trying to peel some "core" gamers away from Microsoft and Sony with this console. In order to do that, they need to provide a controller that's suitable for twitch action games, be it Assassin's Creed 3 or Darksiders 2.



Nintendo made a few other alterations to the Wii U's tablet as well. The start and select buttons have been moved from the bottom to the right, presumably so they can be pressed without the player needing to change their grip on the controller. There's also a square-shaped groove on the left side that serves an unknown purpose. Maybe it's a port for a future peripheral?

The company's E3 presentation next month should be interesting. These tweaks to the controller might only be a small sample of the changes they've made to the console. The fact that the new version of the controller features a big "Wii U" logo suggests that they at least won't change the console's name.

Nintendo's E3 press conference will be held on June 5th at 9 a.m. PDT. E3 will run from the 5th to the 7th.
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