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Wii U GamePad Has Accessory Connector

By Kevin McMinn On Nov 13 2012 05:00 PM

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(Bottom view of Wii U GamePad)

Per the Wii U instruction manual, the Wii U GamePad has an accessory connector snuggled in between the two charging terminals. To date, we haven't heard any information on this aspect of the Wii U GamePad hardware. Could Nintendo have designed the Wii U GamePad with the intentions of having future use for some type of transfer pack or connection between the 3DS?

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Source: Polygon.com

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hmm. interesting. It's hard to tell, but is that the bottom of the gamepad? And while I hope for 3DS connectivity on at least a system level (independent of games), I kinda hope they go the wireless route using spotpass or local wireless. I dont see the need for a cable now that controller ports are gone.

As for my best guess what the accessory connector is for, headset or new Wii U Zapper gun.

View PostDinky, on 13 November 2012 - 05:38 PM, said:

It's hard to tell, but is that the bottom of the gamepad?

Yes. I've added an image caption. Thanks!
This connector seems pretty large for a headset...why would Nintendo give up the "classic" 3,5 mm jack for something like this?
On the other hand, I think a possible connection between the gamepad and a 3DS could be realised in a more elegant way rather than via cables. Using the wi-fi module.
The classic controller thant comes with the black ZombieU pack...how does it connect to the console? Wired or wireless?
The Wii U has absolutely no connection points for that kind of headset, Botond. Currently, you need to connect a USB headset to the system itself in order to partake in in-game voice chat.
I say the Wii U Zapper gun is one of the purposes of this; however I am sure that is not all. It would be interesting to see what else comes of this.