New 'Wii U' Gameplay Revealed with Gun, Dock Charger Nintendo Patents

May 05, 2012 12:12 AM EDT

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  • New 'Wii U' Gameplay Revealed with Gun, Dock Charger Nintendo Patents
  • (US Patent and Trademark Office) New 'Wii U' Gameplay Revealed with Gun, Dock Charger Nintendo Patents

Nintendo's two newly granted patents gives fans a glimpse of upcoming peripherals that will be integrated with the company's next-gen Wii U controllers. 

Images depict a gun styled holder which places the new touchscreen Wii U controller atop two grips.  Users will be able control the device for aiming and firing while facing the controller's display screen. 

"With the configuration (12) above, the user can easily hold the additional device and the controller device by holding the two grips with one hand on the front side of the screen and the other on the back side of the screen, as with the configuration (4) above. Such a manner of holding is particularly suitable for a case in which game operations are performed while assuming that the additional device and the controller device are a gun," described the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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Nintendo's gun styled patent will offer new gameplay experiences with games such first person shooters.  An exciting thought would be using the new controller on a title such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which is rumored for a Wii U version release.

A rechargeable battery is also built into the Wii U controller allowing it be charged through the console.  The patent also displays a cradle peripheral that can hold the controller in an upright position while charging.  This allow users to watch movies or streaming content without having to hold the device.  The cradle may also allow users to plug the charger into electrical outlets. 

The latest patents can join the list of other exciting features that will be implemented into the Wii U's revolutionary controllers.  A recent leaked game trailer reveals new features on the Nintendo Wii U controllers that utilize near field communication, NFC, technology.  The Rayman Legend's leaked video shows off a  multiplayer mode where four players utilized Wii U controllers and its tablet display.  The game's level environment could be manipulated and figurine objects, with embedded NFC tags, were used for physical and digital interaction in the game.  One user demonstrated the feature by placing a heart figurine atop the display screen.  Immediately digital hearts appeared into the game and began interacting with the characters.

Nintendo and game development company Ubisoft, are also collaborating to give Wii U gamers a more unique experience using the new tablet controllers.  Ubisoft's highly anticipated upcoming title, Assassin's Creed 3, plans to utilize the tablet displays so players can instantly access maps and information within the game's Animus Database.

Players are able to switch weapons on the fly during battle and can alter camera views anytime in the game.  With Assassin's Creed 3 quick paced action, the Wii U controllers will provide gamers with a different experience than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. 

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