There’s more to the story than just the controller’s existence. WayForward’s James Montagna not only attested to the legitimacy of the controller, but noted that it was around when the Wii still had its Revolution nickname. There were multiple iterations, to boot. Later prototypes had different labels for the plus and minus buttons, such as “start” and “select” or “pause” and “back.” There was a lot of refinement as Nintendo neared the debut — the GameCube-oriented version was for developers getting an early start. Nintendo had offered a peek at its Revolution-era designs years ago, but they hadn’t really escaped into the wild.
Don’t expect to see the remote in action. Auction winner Smprp hasn’t had success getting the controller to work, and it likely won’t since it was intended for kits running special software. This is more a peek at an important time for Nintendo than another homebrew project waiting in the wings.
Wow, it’s the prototype Wii Remote & Nunchuk! I remember seeing these back when it was still known as the Nintendo Revolution! https://t.co/wsl6mFXvrc
— James at Sea II (@JamesPopStar) October 28, 2018
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