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Nintendo patents touch-screen Wii Remote attachment

Mirror array device hints at an interesting future for the Wii Remote

The Wii may be making way for the Wii U next year, but the Wii Remote's compatibility with the new console means that little wavy stick is here to stay.

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And it looks like Nintendo is cooking up some interesting new ways to use the controller - such as a touch-panel attachment.

A new Nintendo patent spotted by Siliconera reveals a device that fits onto the top of the Wii Remote with a flat panel of LEDs that, when touched, light up bright red in the touched location.

A mirror array bounces these lights into the infra-red sensor on the top of the remote, which converts what it sees into positional data.

This, we imagine, could be used to provide DS and Wii U-like touch-panel controls to games using just the Wii Remote.

Given that it seems Wii U will only connect to a single of its touch-screen-enabled controllers at a time (forcing any other players to use a Wii Remote), could this be Nintendo's attempt at a solution for multiplayer touch-based games on it's new console?

[ SOURCE: Siliconera ]

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