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Nintendo’s latest patent, which details an oval gamepad whose facia is a touchsensitive display, has sparked plenty of conjecture over what the company’s next console’s controller might look like. But hacker and engineer Dave Evans is more interested in Nintendo’s existing designs. In his two-part teardown, he dismantles the lot (well, nearly – the Virtual Boy pad, Power Glove and Super Scope are omitted), starting with the NES controller and finishing with the Wii U GamePad. There are some fascinating discoveries. Did you know, for example, that the colours of the SNES controller’s buttons are noted in relief on the inside of the facia moulding? Or that the early case moulds were created extra thick to resist kids’ rough handling?