Unlike Microsoft or Sony, Nintendo’s controllers are constantly evolving. When Nintendo launched the Wii, it came with a strange looking controller; the slim, light Wiimote was designed for simplicity, and with a focus on motion-based gaming. With the Wii U, Nintendo designed a controller that was completely opposite in every which way possible. The large tablet-like controller came with a 6-inch touchscreen at its center, a short battery life, and a functionality that left many gamers scratching their heads. Let’s face it, not every controller is as adored as that of the Gamecube, yet there’s still something to admire about Nintendo’s willingness to experiment and push boundaries. Motion graphic designer, Christian Taylor has put together an impressive GIF that shows off the evolution of Nintendo gaming controllers over the years and how they have varied substantially in terms of design. We may not like all of the decisions Nintendo makes when designing hardware, but it sure is nice to know that there is a company that is willing to take chances and in doing so, helping the entire industry grow.
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