Shigeru Miyamoto has moved to discount the notion that the Wii U controller was in any way inspired by Apple's iPad and the tablet boom in general.
When asked by Gamespot whether Apple's tablet had influenced the design of the Wii U, Miyamoto responded with a definite "no".
"Actually it was coincidental, because even at this point last year at E3, we had done a lot of work on this, and it was pretty far along, and we had been working on the concept for several years," he said.
"We felt it was kind of a funny coincidence that, while we had been working on this, all of a sudden right as we're getting ready to bring it to the public, there's this tablet boom.
"On the one hand we felt that if we were to show it off at E3 last year, then people would look at it and say, 'Oh, it's like a tablet.' But on the other hand, it may have actually helped us because it made it easier for people to understand the concept," he added.
"From a kind of a visual point and an initial kind of conceptual starting point, the two seem similar, [but] because of the unique structure of the console and the new controller and the TV, that when people start playing with it and interacting with it, especially in the living room, they're going to find that it opens up a great deal more possibilities."
Miyamoto's words echo those of Nintendo US boss Reggie Fils-Aime.