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New Nintendo Gigaleak Files Showcase Wiimote Prototypes And More

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Left: a Nintendo Wiimote. Right: five Wiimote prototypes. (Prototype Wiimote Image Credit: Forest of Illusion on Twitter.) Subsequent leaks included other bits of Nintendo history such as a lost Animal Crossing villager and a somewhat different design for Mario from Super Mario World. A new round of leaks has just popped up online, showing us some more interesting stuff about the GameCube and Wii eras among other things.

New Nintendo Gigaleak Files Reveal a Way Weirder Wiimote Also revealed in the new Nintendo Gigaleak files was some Mii concept art that shows quite a few different customization options that we never got — check out what game developer and preservationist TV posted to Twitter:

Nintendo Mii Concept Shows a Very Different Design Various concepts for Miis. (Image Credit: TV on Twitter.)

Two of the four prototypes had additional L and R buttons placed on either side of the A button (which is shown as the B button in the prototype images). Some of the stranger designs had arrow buttons placed around the A button. One of the bigger reveals in the new Nintendo Gigaleak files is a set of five prototype Wiimote images shown in this Twitter thread from Forest of Illusion, a group that’s dedicated to preserving Nintendo’s history. These prototypes are somewhat more complex than the final product as you can see in the image above.

That’s not the only new thing shown in this concept art, though — a Mario-style plumber outfit and brown shows are also shown in the “Type 4” concept; neither of these options were developed for the public by the time the Mii feature made its debut. These Mii Concept images show that players would have had the option to color-code their gloves and shoes, possibly as a way to highlight different players or teams in a game.

China almost got a version of a GameCube as a follow up to the iQue Player; a draft document for a version of the console to be produced by iQue required the ability to play DVDs and CDs while leaving out the ability to play existing Nintendo GameCube discs. While the iQue Player was based on Nintendo 64 technology, this second Chinese gaming console would have been based on the GameCube, The Wiimote prototypes and Mii concepts are the big things we can show for the moment, but that’s not all that was revealed in the new NIntendo Gigaleak files. What Else Was in the New Nintendo Gigaleak Files?

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