Nintendo Wii U patent covers 3D high-def tablet

USPTO filings reveal Mario maker has right to develop upgraded version of tablet controller for upcoming console.

The Wii U's tablet controller boasts a touch screen and gyroscopic controls, but according to newly surfaced patent filings, it could also one day sport a high-definition 3D display.

The Wii U controller could sport an HD, 3D display.

As spotted by Kotaku, Nintendo's patent filings for the Wii U surfaced online this month, and they reveal the company could develop a 3D-enabled Wii U controller.

The filings also indicate that Nintendo considered making the tablet controller capable of running in high definition at 1080p. As was revealed at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Wii U itself sports visual output at that level.

Nintendo's patent filing is not a concrete indication of what the company plans to do, only that it has the right to do so, should it choose to.

Nintendo had previously said it was not interested in 3D for the Wii U.

Nintendo first showed off the Wii U at its media briefing at E3 2011, letting show attendees go hands-on with the console. The system's final hardware configuration will be at E3 2012, and the system will ship worldwide this holiday season.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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81 comments
RavenXavier
RavenXavier

I think building 3D capability into the tablet is a great idea. The only bad thing might be that it could cut into the proffit share of the 3DS.

sknight175216
sknight175216

What ever happened to naming the Wii "The Revolution"? That sounded so much cooler ha ha. Then this system could be the R2. Oh wait but then George Lucas...never mind. Wii U it is. :P

devesh31
devesh31

nintendo should increase the resolution of the tablet before converting it into 3d........

wyan_
wyan_

I don't know if I want this yet. When I'm ready for 3D I want it on the big screen of my next TV, not some tiny little tablet.

wyan_
wyan_

This article makes it sound like a bit of afterthought and even some forethought, as if Nintendo is waiting to see the demand for 3D.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

@cheatmaster3005 And you seem to have volunteered to waste more of your time on an article all about it. Nice! @Gurzociurlo Yeah I just bought a Kindle Fire,and it says it doesn't support HD video downloads,yet a friend of mine who is a total HD geek,thought he was looking at an HD screen. Small screens just don't need HD.The pixels are so small anyway.Not that I'd complain if it had HD. And it would be sweet if the 3DS could be used in connection with the Wii U for some games.

dxdevilex0
dxdevilex0

It would be even better if the 3DS could also be used as a controller for Wii U games.

Sleepyhun1
Sleepyhun1

I think i get it. How many of you don't have and won't have a 3ds becouse you dont have time for handhelds and only play at home? The WiiU would have more than enough power to play 3ds games, and with the tablet being 3d they could sell 3ds games as downloadables. How many of you would want to play new Ocarina of Time and Starfox etc. (I think that selling their ds/3ds games as downloadables for home would be smart)

burgo81
burgo81

ha ha ha not interested in 3d for the wii u they say, in the past few months we have seen the stocks go down when they announced the new console and again when they launch the trailer for dragon quest 10 and they are hoping to add another gimmick to the console, and didn't nintendo want to rename it, i have a great name for it "pii u" because it stinks

Hail23
Hail23

chances are it will sell along side the normal controller, but we shall all see at E3 and i will be getting one regardless :D

Tedd_216
Tedd_216

I know that there are skeptics, but i think that nintendo has done something extraordinary. putting a screen on a wireless controller, i've always wanted something like this ever since i learned about wireless controllers. Whatever update to it is fine by me. Love nintendo in every way (but the wii that was a let down).

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I can hear my wallet getting thinner as I read this.

adroge1
adroge1

This tablet is sounding more, and more expensive.

FatmanAB
FatmanAB

bet it will be 400$ + call me an idiot but the 3d screeen on the 3ds (with very low resulotion) alone made the system about 250 $ (now they are selling it at loss) i mean come on an 3d 1080P tablet along with a very powerful console with bluray optical drive and 1 gb ram and a CPU prossessor similar to ps3 cell AND 4800 radeon GPU which is 50% more powerful than ps3 and X360 well as may i love nintendo and love the 3ds but its nearly impossible that this console would be cheap like the wii i just hope im wrong (and nintendo make an AAA mmo zelda or pokemon using the abilities of this controller)

Anema1986
Anema1986

how much will this cost?? that my biggest concern

hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

So in conclusion they plan to kill the 3ds after the vita treat and rescue some advantage of their brand new wii absurd big control.What else could they do?

hdi67
hdi67

Can we please just get a normal system with a normal controller instead of all these f***ing gimmicks?

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Maybe they are toying with the idea of the Wii U tablet controller replacing/supplementing Nintendo 3DS in the way that it will be a portable, high-def, 3D tablet that can play games on it's own as well as be used as a controller for the Wii U and play Wii U games remotely over a wifi network. I doubt they would kill their portable like this, but it's a possibility for their transition after the rough years they've had with tablets and smartphones now competing for portable device cash. Giving consumers both a portable gaming device and a home console all in one package seems like a smart way to keep portable gaming relevant in the future. /speculations

hi-buzz
hi-buzz

...that would be great_i owned the 3ds and loves the 3ds effects when it's done right...so the 3D tablet -controller sounds like pretty good...

Gurzociurlo
Gurzociurlo

@Wormkid_64 I agree with every single point... The screen on the controller will only be an add-on (it will most likely show maps, items or stuff), it doesn't need to be 3D. Being a small screen, I find 1080p pretty useless too, maybe 720p... Personally, I'd be fine with a 480p screen, I don't have many graphical needs.

cheatmaster3005
cheatmaster3005

guess what i dont care about care about the wii u its just a waste of time

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Interesting.... loving what it adds to properly formulated 3D games on the 3DS, so this could be another great reason to look into their next foray into the home console space.... if they do it, that is. I'm thinking like Wormkid_64, that it's probably all bluster and possibilities, but it won't surface due to cost et al.

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

So it could,legally speaking,but it probably won't. You'll be looking at the TV most of the time,and you'll be moving the tablet around a lot,so 3D isn't a good idea for it. HD would be nice,though it really isn't needed for a 6 inch screen.If it raises the price and shortens battery life,then I wouldn't mind not having it.

digilobe
digilobe

I've got a 3DS, and I love 3D effects on the screen. It will be fantastic if Nintendo uses the 3D technology on Wii U controller. It's true or not, such exciting news.

keichimorisato9
keichimorisato9

im excited for 3D I've been fascinated of 3D since i first saw Muppets 3D at MGM studio's walt disney world.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

as how I would like it...... if nintendo continue to make cute stuff that can reduce my adrenaline.... I'm not buying it

grbolivar
grbolivar

Knowing Nintendo, this controller-tablet will have an jaw-dropping resolution of 460x320 pixels. Ask the 3DS....

Jebril
Jebril

They will do it when it's cost effective, and it is something that although gimmicky, is friggin sweet!

beefalo
beefalo

nintendo would never launch a console over $300, their whole appeal is lower costs...considering the hardware they use, it will probably cost them $20 to make the console anyways....

exedeath
exedeath

3D might be a gimmick, but it is a good one. Anyone who has played Resident Evil Revelations can vouch for this. The game looks beautiful, and the 3D adds some nice depth to the look of the game. Bring on the new innovations.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Damn imagine the cost of the wii U with tablet. You guys might think i am crazy but i think it sell for more than $500. Think about it a gaming console with full HD and 3D tablet will be alot. I mean the Ipad 2 sells for $500 plus it aint even that impressive

NegdukeUK
NegdukeUK

I wouldn't imagine the first wave of Wii U's will have it, perhaps later in its life cycle they will incorporate it though.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

A patent doesn't mean it will make it to the consumer...

zequex
zequex

A controller with a touch screen means you can add buttons to the controller... ..which means you could add a whole QWERTY keyboard right to the controller... ...which means it could be a viable platform for console MMO's... ...Which means we might actually get a Pokemon MMO on the Wii U. ...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O

King-gamer
King-gamer

Expected, but whether it comes through is a different story.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

@dre256x Nintendo filed a patent for a multi touch screen before the I pod touch even existed.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

I hope nintendo doesn't put 3d on the tablet but hd would be good since the system is nintendo's first hd console. Keeping the price of the console down is the key though, more then $400 and the system will not do well.

megakick
megakick

How much is this Wii U goign to cost? Nintendo going to sale Wii U under cost?

Flint247
Flint247

If there is 3D, I pretty sure it will be optional like the 3DS.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@dre256x that still doesn't make any sense, why would Nintendo be afraid of being sued by Apple when none of the other electronics companies have had that problem? Plus, Apple -hasn't- sued anyone yet on the basis of capacitive touch screens. In the cases where they've sued Samsung it's because of Samsung's phones and tablets being too visually similar to Apple's products. Touchscreen have had nothing to do with it. Really, if your argument was at all valid, why would Sony have put a capacitive screen on the Vita? Wouldn't they have been afraid of being sued by Apple, the same way?

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I don't care, just as long as Nintendo changes the name. Well actually, I would care if the tablet was in 1080p, but even so...

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

I don't need hd and 3d in my future wii u controller, hd would be the better of the two but given the small screen it wouldn't really matter and would only destroy the battery life, as for 3d it might be alright if you're playing games without the tv and you want the games or movies in 3d but it just seems like it would cost way too much, but given what nintendo is trying to do both controllers (normal one and a non 3d and hd) could exist side by side without splitting the wii u market, so overall it's a good thing.

Krystalthryx
Krystalthryx

Well... I was really excited about the WiiU. But now I'm 10x more excited. Although, all that 3D can't be good for my eyes. :P

dre256x
dre256x

@Spartan_418 True, its for specific function.. But the way the patent system is messed up, you better off going another route all together than risk getting sued by Apple, simple as that... Why use a watered down "Captive touch" experience, i am sure smart phone makers have taught the same thing, but it doesn't make sense to risk it. Blame the guy who allowed the patent in the first place. @ LindBergh2007 That's true.. But Nintendo is probably looking at it if we can sell the Wii U for 399-450 price bracket for at least one year with compelling software then they will sell.. When the next Xbox is about to launch, they can probably cut $50 off the price, just to under cut MS a bit.

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

Nothing against the concept, but I think it would be frustrating in practice. Looking back and forth between a 2D television and a 3D tablet would be weird, and a touch screen with 3D enabled would just be weird (and the very reason only one of the 3DS' screens is 3D-ready).

Mariner32
Mariner32

This sounds amazing and all, but that is this going to do to the price point of the Wii U?