At last year’s E3, Nintendo revealed the Wii U, and along with it, its tablet-like controller. Little has been seen of the console since then, but if a Traveller’s Tales employee is to be believed, the controller gotten a bit of a facelift since we last saw it.
The picture above was recently tweeted by a QA tester at Traveller’s Tales, along with the message “Nintendo fanboys alert: look what we have at work!” Going by this, TT Games has a Wii U development kit, but even more interesting is that its design is different from the controller revealed last June.
Above is a picture of the original Wii U controller. Notice how the version at TT Games has traditional analog sticks rather than 3DS-esque slide pads, and how the plus and minus buttons have been moved below the face buttons to allow for easier use. Also, a new square-shaped button is located below the directional pad; my guess is that it may be used for syncing the controller to different systems.
While it’s currently unknown if this is the final revision of the controller or if it’s simply an older, outdated revision, chances are we’ll discover its authenticity (or lack thereof) at this year’s E3.