The Wii U GamePad is by far the most advanced video game controller ever. Besides its touchscreen, it includes motion sensors and gyroscopes, stereo speakers, NFC chips, and it even has a built in sensor bar. A few days ago it was rumored that Wii games will be playable on the GamePad because the Wiimote can use the built-in sensor bar. Now a similar feature has been revealed in a recent Nintendo patent application.
The patent application shows two players using two screens to play a crossbow game. One player uses a Wiimote and plays on the TV, while another player uses a Wiimote as well, but plays on the Wii U GamePad instead. This offers a new form of split screen gaming, where each player has his own screen. This would be especially useful in competitive multiplayer, since regular split screen on one TV lets both players see what the other is up to. If you ever played GoldenEye 007 on the N64 against a buddy, you know the feeling.
The new Nintendo patent was published on August 9, after being filed late last year. The inventors are listed as Jun Ito, Kenta Sato, and Keizo Ohta, which have been previously associated with Nintendo Land patents. This could mean the new split screen features will be found in some of the Nintendo Land mini games. Only 6 of the 12 mini games have been revealed so far. You can check out the full gallery of the patent below.
- Mighty No. 9 could be quietly delayed until 2016
- Nintendo announces a new Splatfest for August 7
- Super Smash Bros. update balance changes
- Mario Kart 8 has 50% software to hardware sales
TAGS: Nintendo, patent, wii u gamepad