A Neogaf user recently posted a patent drawing that shows what appears to be a charging dock for the Wii U controller.
Judging from the patent, the design would work in the same fashion as the Nintendo 3DS charging dock. In addition, the design of the Wii U controller looks unchanged from the version we were introduced to at E3 2011. No surprise, but Nintendo could easily make some alterations.
So, if the Wii U controller will need a charging dock, does this solidify the possibility of only ONE controller being used for one Wii U console? Discuss!
Anascape, the one man patent troll outfit from Texas, will not be receiving any money from Nintendo for patent infringement concerning the Wii remote.
This is because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled today that none of Nintendoâ€™s video game controllers infringe on any Anascape patents. The ruling is actually a reversal of a jury trial verdict in 2008 that saw the Classic Controller in violation of Anascape’s supposed patent. Today, however, we know that the Classic Controller and other Nintendo hardware are safe from harm and will remain on store shelves for some time to come.
Too bad so sad and good riddance. Nintendo press release below:
Deep in the Nintendo labs, where only a handful of the company’s most senior executives are allowed to travel, things happen. Crazy things, man. Like that inflatable bouncy ball horse thing we showed you a few weeks ago—but weirder.
Take this latest patent, for instance. Seems that some zany Nintendo developer was playing catch with a Nerf football one day and thought to him/herself, “hey, I wonder what would happen if I mated this thing with a Wiimote?”
Some soft jazz, a bottle of Saki and a bit of mild coaxing later, and this Wii football controller was born. And yes, it’s completely real. My conspiracy theory is that Nintendo releases all these crazy patents to hide their real R&D products. Competing executives are simply laughing too hard to notice anything but the crazy ones (to be completely serious though, some of the motions described in the patent filing are cool, I just don’t see the need for more plastic accessories).