Patents detail possibility of 3D, HD display for Wii U Controller

Saturday, 18th February 2012 15:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Patents filed with the USPTO office by Nintendo show that at some point, the firm was – and still may be – looking to incorporate HD and glasses-free 3D into its tablet-like controller for Wii U.

According to the documents dug up by Kotaku, the patents filed back in September also detail microphones which could be implemented on the “front and/or back surfaces” suggesting a voice recognition system for games or possibly voice-activated controls.

It has been confirmed the controller contains a front-facing camera, but the patent mentions the possibility of facial recognition software installed which would enable facial data to be stored on the console.

Other interesting tidbits mentioned include the following possibilities as well: web browsing; exchanging “images and sound” with other devices; and attachment support such as a gun peripheral.

The reason we continued to mention the word “possible” and its various forms over and over, is due to the patents stating that the information herein “does not correspond to any particular actual product that may be eventually be made available to consumers.”

In other words, the features may or may not be part of the final product when it releases later this year. We’ll know more once E3 roles around as Nintendo has said it will reintroduce the console at the event.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. Gama_888

    Hmmm not really quite sure what to make of this.

    Whats the point in chucking 3D into it?? its just the controller, You cant take it anywhere with you, And itll drive the price of the controller wayy upp.

    Seems like a bad move to me?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    Perhaps it’s a patent for games that might use the 3DS as a controller. Seems like a Nintendo-ish move.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Or perhaps it is just a smoke screen to get MS and Sony thinking. After if MS and Sony have proven one thing it is that they will wacth closly what Nintendo does, and then try and imitate or one up it in their own systems(I am looking at you Move/Kinect).

    Could be nothing.

    But I bet Sony is already trying to come with ways to work the Vita(or even tablets) into PS4 in a larger fashion to be able to not lose ground on what Nintendo has in store with its tablets/controler.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Dragon246

    It will have a 16 core processor , 8gb ram , 20mp HD camera, 3d screen, waggle….. sorry, motion controller, a kinds of software built in so you dont have to buy anything (I hope this applies to games too).
    And you know what? All this for 300$-400$. I am buying it DAY ONE for sure.
    What more do you want from it huh. The only think it cant do is make coffee. (I am sure it will be available as a add on later for sure like circle pad pro.)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. diego-rbb-93

    In fact, I see obvious to patent something completely at full specs. Is sure probably the screen won´t be FullHD or 3D-glasses-out. In fact, if they were more intelligent, they should have included a Rear trackpad just like the one Vita includes on his back.

    Despite that, I won´t expect any good surprise about this Controller. Not hoping Nintendo to increase the potencial of the controller as the cost will be increased.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. manamana

    Display must be at least 720p. Btw: I still don’t get why 3DS doesn’t have the second analog stick, when even the WiiU “prototype” has one …

    #6 3 years ago
  7. OlderGamer

    If Nintendo can market the controler/tablet as a stand along handheld system, they would own the market east and west. Hard to imagine them doing that, with the 3DS being out and all. Plus the cost side of things.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    Chances are these patents are purely speculative so they can sue the shite out of anyone who tries to do something similar but better.

    #8 3 years ago

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