Newly uncovered Nintendo patents for the Wii U reveal some of the features the platform holder has considered for its new console.
The most interesting of the filing's revelations is the possibility for the screen on the controller to don full HD resolutions (higher than currently revealed) and glasses-free 3D, like the 3DS. Both get our vote.The patent, dated September 2011, also details microphones that could be used for voice recognition in games, noting that "one or more additional microphones...may be provided on the front and/or back surfaces".
Face recognition, via the controller's already confirmed front-facing camera, is also listed as a possibility, with facial data being stored on the console for software use.
Web browsing is mentioned, along with the ability to connect to other devices with exchanges of "images and sound", which pretty much sounds like video chat.
Users can seemingly also expect the controller to support expansions as is the case with the Wii Remote. The patent shows an example of a gun attachment that could use the small screen as a potential targeting aid, similar to the zoom scope screen on Silent Scope arcade cabinets.
The patent does note, however, that "statements herein do not correspond to any particular actual product that may be eventually be made available to consumers," meaning none of these features may ever actually materialise.
3D screen, though - yes please.
Ninja Gaiden 3 developer, Team Ninja has said recently that the Wii U hardware is currently changing "constantly".