Nintendo isn’t abandoning the traditional control pad. Here is a picture of the “Classic Pad” controller for the Wii:
It has dual analogue sticks and what appear to be four shoulder buttons. It’s a wired controller, though I can’t tell whether the wire comes out of the top and they’ve pictured it trailing behind the pad and hanging down, or whether the wire comes out of the bottom. If the wire comes out of the bottom, then what is that little protrusion at the top?
EDIT: Apparently the Wii-mote connects to the Classic Pad via that cord sticking out of the bottom. So the Classic Pad is wireless, sort of. It seems cumbersome. Are we expected to have the Wii-mote portion held between our knees and pointed at the console, or perhaps sitting next to us, when we use the Classic Pad?
Why have they abandoned the pseudo handlebar style design of the GameCube controller? The GameCube controller is very comfortable to hold. I didn’t like the placement of the analogue sticks in the GameCube controller, nor did I like the fact that the sticks were not uniform in design. The Wii Classic Pad places the analogue sticks in the centre, like the PlayStation controller, and I think this is better.
Here’s a shot of the Wii console with a Wii disc alongside a GameCube disc:
This is the new prototype Wii-mote controller with the attachment, as revealed at the Nintendo press conference yesterday:
They’re actually calling it the “nunchuck” in the Nintendo data sheets. The Wii-mote is a little bit longer than the original prototype, to incorporate the speaker in the centre of the unit. Also, I think the button labels are different from the Wii-mote we saw some months ago.