Nintendo Leak Reveals Early Wii Remote Ideas And Designs
Discarded designs for the original Wii Remote have emerged from the massive Nintendo leak from 2020, and they're a surprising shade of green.
The Nintendo "gigaleak" from 2020 is apparently the gift that keeps on giving, and now early prototypes and renders for the Wii Remote have emerged online. The designs were tweeted by game developer and preservationist lombTV, who has posted other information they've managed to pull out from the leaked data as well.
These mock-ups aren't that far off from the final Wiimote design, though the lime green color is definitely different from the clean white shade that defined the console. In the below tweet, you can see how Nintendo staff debated on whether to include X and Y buttons for increased functionality. You can also see a remote control-style ring around the A button in the later two designs.
Early Wii Remote designs, including X and Y buttons and a remote ring. pic.twitter.com/4GJKEGgYlg— TV | Dreamers Dev (@lombTV) July 20, 2021
In the below tweet, you can see that the Nintendo has definitely moved past the green idea to a design that is much closer to the final Wii Remote, but it seems that the minus and plus buttons were a sticking point. These mock-ups replace them with "pause" and "back" buttons, a design decision that is much more in line with modern controllers like the DualSense and the Xbox Series X controller. Other potential approaches replace them with left and right arrows.
Some later revisions of the remote, now with a more complete design. Note the "Rewind" and "Pause" buttons instead of the final Minus and Plus. pic.twitter.com/D8GgQHwuzk— TV | Dreamers Dev (@lombTV) July 20, 2021
And here are some other designs, using left and right arrows instead of the Minus and Plus. pic.twitter.com/gEVTkt0Tjf— TV | Dreamers Dev (@lombTV) July 20, 2021
TV also links what appears to be a mock-up of a test controller. It's pretty underwhelming compared to the final design, but that's to be expected.
More looks at the test controller. pic.twitter.com/sE2N7w7drI— TV | Dreamers Dev (@lombTV) July 20, 2021
The Nintendo "gigaleak" has produced a truly staggering amount of cut and unseen content, including the legendary Zelda: Ocarina of Time Space World demo, the revelation that Luigi was actually in Super Mario 64 the whole time, as well as a number of playable prototypes to famous games like Super Mario Kart and Yoshi's Island.