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More Nintendo Shenanigans Reveal Football Controller Patent

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

American football, that is.

Nintendo's R&D department can be called many things, but no one can rightly label them as boring.

The inflatable horseback riding peripheral revealed a few weeks ago made Nintendo look like it was on the brink of insanity, but this new patent (also discovered by Siliconera) seems to indicate that they're taking at least half of their prescribed anti-crazy pills: it's a squishy American football shell.

Multiple versions of the peripheral are covered, including one that uses the remote only and one that integrates the nunchuck, even one with MotionPlus support.

The patent outlines possible implementation of the controller, too. For running, the football would sense body motion by the player jogging in place. Moving left and right would enable a dodging action and raising the ball could make your digital player jump. Gamers could strap their hand to it and make a throwing motion to pass, with the force and angle of the throw determining it's trajectory. Like we need more people flinging their remotes into the screen by accident.

As always, just because Nintendo has filed a patent doesn't necessarily mean that the item in question will ever see the light of day. Still, if this is the first sign of the company developing a football game, things might get interesting.


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User Comments (43)



Corbs said:

Come on, just got outside and play football. Sheesh. Pretty soon we're going to have to install line and hash marks on our floor and put up goal posts.



warioswoods said:

The angry man on the TV doesn't seem to particularly care for the prancings-about of the player.



Roopa132 said:

Uhm guys... what do you expect? It's the same company that brings a medical item to your gaming console...



Darknyht said:

If people were worried about putting the Wiimote through the TV, exactly what is going to happen with this?



StarDust4Ever said:

I think it's a great idea. [American] football is HUGE in this country! Then again, it's not accomplishing anything you can't already do with a little bit of imagination and a standard Wiimote Just plug a big hole into a NERF Football, insert Wiimote into said hole. Problem solved!

Fun fact: I have never used the wrist strap, never broken any TVs either



jangonov said:

I still say nintendo is just making useless patents to confuse microsoft and sony



pixelman said:

"Come on, just got outside and play football. Sheesh."

^ what he said. Bring me back to the days of button-based Mario platforming. Ahhhh.



TingLz said:

Hmm....maybe they're just patenting the ideas just because they came up with the ideas.



JonWahlgren said:

Why is it that people say "go play a real sport" whenever stuff like this comes up, but nobody ever says "go join the real army" when war games come out?



Chunky_Droid said:

How are they going to work this into Sexy Poker 2?

EDIT: @Panda, I would assume because playing a sport is far less dangerous? And I personally don't want my country defended by a bunch of 360 and PC addicts!



Roopa132 said:

I agree. Do those people say that to guys watching ESPN, too? I mean when you play a sports game you can actually do something at least so those guys should be even more upset about people watching sports on TV



JonWahlgren said:

Hey, people die playing football. It's happened.

Anyway, my point is that people play games to do things they wouldn't/couldn't do in real life. Sports games allow you to, for instance, take control of the Baltimore Ravens and lead them to Superbowl victory. Can't really do that in your backyard.



Corbs said:

The only reason I play football is that it gives me an excuse to knock people's blocks off. (And occasionally get my own block knocked off)



naut said:

I say why not? It might be fun for the Madden games. As long as it's an optional periphial I say go for it.



TourianTourist said:

A patent doesn't mean, that they're using it as an actual product. They're probably patenting every crap idea, so they can sue or at least charge all those third parties, who are developing similar peripherals.

Well, at least it's nothing, that could be used in Zelda. Because the horseback thing gives me nightmares.



Knux said:

This is actually a good idea, I wouldn't mind this at all. I think it can improve football video games on the Wii tremendously.



Starwolf_UK said:

I swear at this point Nintendo is just putting these patents out to make everyone think they are utterly insane and try to catch us off-guard when a real good patent comes along.

But I love the crazy drawings still. Between this, the horse riding controller and the Sony man who looks too similar to the Joker laughing at TV there is Photoshop material for years to come.



Corbs said:

I don't mind sports video games, and even using the Wii Remote motion controls is alright, but I was trying to make a point that they might be taking this a bit too far. And everybody's gotta die, it might as well be knocking each other around on the football field. Where's your sense of adventure? You guys didn't play football in high school?



strade said:

I have been playing football since I was 6. I am 14 now and still play football. 8 years Corbie, count 'em. Over half my life too.



Corbs said:

I didn't start playing until 8th grade and then I played until I graduated. I was a wide receiver and safety.



Stuffgamer1 said:

I think this peripheral looks stupid, but at least it shows that Nintendo is somewhat interested in football now. Only way I want to play a football game is if it stars Mario!



JonWahlgren said:

@Corbie: I was always more of a baseball fan. I'd pitch and play shortstop, which are probably the two scariest positions in terms of things flying at you unexpectedly.

Bless the inventor of the jock strap.

Oh, and have you seen the MW2 special edition? Comes with night vision goggles. Now that's ridonkulis.



Kidpit said:

I'm surprise Nerf didn't come out with this already, they pretty much made attachments for golf, tennis, baseball and the sword-fighting game in Wii Sports Resort.



MetalMario said:


But this is pretty...dumb. How many peripherals do we need??

Oh well. I wouldn't buy a football game if that was the only game in the store, and I had a $5000 shopping spree for just that one day.



TingLz said:

I don't see how this might sell in Europe . they have soccer, er, football there! Gosh, I hate it when people do this!



Roopa132 said:

@Iz2009 since I'm from Europe I actually thought they mean a football... the kind of football you call soccer ball when I read the title.
So I wondered even more since then the ball would be on the ground and you would kick it and how the hell would that work But then I clicked on the article and saw it's just an american football...



bro2dragons said:

you know.... i'm sure this will never actually be developed and sold, but i don't actually think it's all that bad of an idea. i could see myself having fun with that. like being the kid who goes out in the backyard and pretends to be the center, quarterback, O-line, runningback, and reciever all in one imaginary play. that horseback patent, however... let's not get started.



cecesigue said:

I think is a great idea. right there. is simple. There is the most important thing that they sell on wii, the feeling of playing something. nothing else.



Madara said:

@bro2dragons - I totally agree. Imaginary playing was the best part of childhood. Running outside playing soccer by yourself scoring goals. Screaming the commentary. Running outside to play football. Acting as the center, throwing the ball back, catching it, passing it across the field to no one, running and catching that, going for the touchdown. always a fun time.

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