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March 7, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

An interesting scenario for the evolution of Nintendo's Wiimote controller

I've seen several posts about the evolution of the Wiimote, but I found this image far more compelling than any of the articles.

Nintendo Wiimote Controller Dissection I'd heard from several sources that despite the Wiimote's leap forward in game control and game play, it was rooted in the best of Nintendo's previous controllers. This seemed hard to imagine. How could the Wiimote, especially after the update to Wii Motion Plus, be influenced from controllers of the 80's and 90's?

When the Wii TV ads first aired, I admit they struck me as creepy and positioned the console as a children's toy. It wasn't long before the wireless Wiimotes demonstrated how much they changed traditional game play. The pack-in sports game was the main draw for this controller's genius, but it wasn't long before more games came to market that showcased the Wiimote's unique wonders.

It wasn't long before Sony and Microsoft were tripping over themselves in an effort to add a wireless experience to their platforms. Neither effort was terribly successful nor as revolutionary as Nintendo's Wiimote. The Wiimote really brought a new way of thinking about the interaction of players with games.

That's the kind of thinking Nintendo has always been very good at... even when we don't agree with all of their decisions. The Wii U has had many of us baffled for quite some time, but I feel that the GamePad was greatly ignored as a "game changer" among developers. Like the Wiimote, the GamePad had the ability to create the same revitalization.

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