TT Games employee tweets image of revised tablet design, featuring proper analogue sticks.
A member of staff at Maidenhead studio TT Games has tweeted an image of what appears to be a redesigned tablet controller forNintendo's upcoming home console, Wii U.
The image, which has since been deleted but not before our vigilant friends at Nintendo Gamer took a screenshot, shows a broadly similar design to that unveiled alongside the console at E3 last year, with one major difference: the analogue controls, which were originally modelled on the 3DS circle pad, have been replaced with proper analogue sticks.
The start and select buttons have been moved from under the screen to its right hand side, and the grey cable connected to the top of the controller closely resembles a 3DS AC adaptor. There are two new square buttons, too: one under the d-pad, and the other in between the power button and battery light.
There's no suggestion that this is the final version of the controller - that, and the final hardware, will be revealed at E3 next month - but the inclusion of analogue sticks in particular suggests that either Nintendo or its licensed developers weren't entirely happy with the original design, pictured below.
In January, Street Fighter series producer Yoshinori Ono said that the Wii U unveiled at last year's E3 was far from the finished article, saying the console had evolved since its unveiling and had "many unique possibilities". Nintendo has been known to be working on improving the console for some time, with reports last year claiming it was working on support for multiple tablet controllers, as well as improving RAM and processor speed.