So far it is way too early to say whether or not the Wii U’s launch has been the success story that Nintendo were clearly hoping for. One thing that is clear however is that there was clearly a lot of research and development work that went into the design and creation of the console, which has been shown off in a newly released article on the official Nintendo website.
Several Wii U prototypes are shown as part of the article, including a Wii Zapper attachment that used a separate viewing screen, and the original concept for the Wii U Gamepad which is simply a tablet screen with two Wii remotes and Nunchuk analogue sticks attached to the side. This original prototype was then used to run the first game demos showing off the new systems capabilities.
If you get a spare few minutes (whilst downloading and installing the massive Wii U day one update perhaps?) have a read of the article HERE as it does make for an interesting comparison between the original designs of a hardware manufacturer and the finished results. If you are a Wii U owner would you say that the blood sweat and tears of the design team was all worth it?