August 8th, 2007, 22:29 Posted By: Shrygue
via Computer and Video Games
Nintendo has filed a new patent for a motion-sensing portable games console, hinting the next step in handheld gaming beyond the DS.
As the patent, filed on March 30, explains: "The housing [console] incorporates an XY-axis acceleration sensor to detect an acceleration in an X-axis and Y-axis direction and a Z-axis contact switch to detect an acceleration in a Z-axis direction."
This is basically just like the Wii Remote, so that means if you move the console it will know about it.
The new console would detect "tilt amount, movement amount, impact amount or the like". In more technical rambling, the patent goes on to confirm that on-screen action will be effected by the amount of motion applied by the player.
Although the diagrams, which can be below, show a Game Boy-style console, you should only take this as a basic representation of a handheld console.
Motion-sensing portable games were inevitable - but at least now we know Nintendo is hard at work to make it happen.
Meanwhile, if you want a taste of the portable motion-sensing future, nab yourself a copy of WarioWare Twisted on GBA or, believe it or not, the superb Kirby Tilt 'n Tumble on GBC, both of which have you twisting and tilting the console to play. If you're in UK, though, you'll have to import because stupid laws prevented both games from being released due to the mercury within the carts.
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