E3 06: Nintendo reveals Wii classic controller
Nintendo gives the Wii a "classic" gamepad for virtual console games.
Nintendo included an image of a new Wii controller hidden within a package of hardware screenshots available for download on the Nintendo press site. The image titled "Wii_classic_0501" shows a gamepad-shaped controller with a Wii logo front and center.
The "classic" file name suggests that the controller will be used for classic Nintendo games that use a traditional gamepad interface.
The controller is reminiscent of a Super Nintendo gamepad with its oval shape, D pad, and x, y, a, and b buttons set in a familiar diamond formation. The controller also features what appear to be four buttons along the top of the controller. The classic controller face also has two analog sticks, which are necessary to maintain GameCube compatibility.