Through the so-called gigaleak, as Nintendo’s older giant information leak is called, we have now learned what the Wii Remote, also known as the Wiimote for the Nintendo Wii, might have looked like. Fans continue to rummage through a huge amount of data, which here and there reveals some interest.
The first set of images dates from July 2005, more than a year before the console was launched. At the time, it was still thought that the entire console would be green. As you can see, at some point Wiimote was even more reminiscent of the classic TV driver that inspired it, which also broke down the barriers and fears of the traditional gamepad for many players. It is obvious that the designers played with more buttons, such as the L and R ones, and their layout. The Wiimote could also have a control wheel or form reminiscent of even more controls to modern smart TVs.
Although the form of the controller itself and its shape had stabilized, Nintendo continued to play with the label of individual buttons. Instead of plus and minus, Wiimote could use the “Back” and “Pause” functions. Or other arrow symbols may have appeared instead, just to show that no detail is too small to be sold. Specifically, Nintendo was said to want the individual brands to be as understandable as possible for adults and children and universal from the perspective of customers around the world.
Wiimote in the GameCube console
The user with the nickname pointed out the prototype drivers on Twitter TV | Dreamers Dev. He also published other prototypes of the so-called Nunchuk or even a sensor for television, as they looked before they were finally finalized. Specifically with the first Wiimotes, we find other much more common buttons and alternative ways of connection. All current images should come from leaked emails.
But these are not the first similar photos and designs. We’ve had a chance to see some working versions of drivers for the Nintendo Wii before. For example, in the autumn of 2018, photos of the auctioned prototype connected by cable to the GameCube console came to the Internet. This Wiimote also used an Ethernet port instead of the later proprietary one. The sensor bar would in turn be plugged into the console via a memory card slot.