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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?

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