Nintendo Officially names the Wii U Controller the Wii U Gamepad

Wii U Gamepad

Wii U Gamepad (Credit: Nintendo Direct)

Last Night, Nintendo, in their Pre-E3 Broadcast, unveiled the final version of the Wii U’s controller, the Wii U Gamepad. The Gampad shown by Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata is very similar to the one leaked a few weeks ago.

According to Satoru Iwata the name ‘Gamepad’ comes from the name given by players to the NES controller. 

The analog sticks are different to the prototype, the original circle pads are more suited towards keeping the form fact of portable devices slimmer. So they added analog sticks similar to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 that click down.

The back of the Gamepad has been redesigned with grips to add more comfort.

The Gamepad also has gyro and motion sensors built-in along with an NFC (Near Field Communications) input to allow the Gamepad to read and write data to ‘cards and figures’.

During the broadcast both black and white versions of the Gamepad are shown, possibly hinting that a black and white Wii U will be released at launch.

Satoru Iwata also stressed about the original Wii accessories; the Wii Remote, Numchuk and Wii Balance Board, will still be compatible with the Wii U.

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