A newly filed patent from Nintendo presents a controller with scroll wheels (like the wheel on a computer mouse) in place of more traditional shoulder buttons or triggers. The patent comes with diagram images showing how the interface would look on what appears to be a Wii U GamePad-style controller. Another, perhaps equally likely, assumption could be that the patent isn't for a traditional controller, but for a thus far unannounced handheld console.
Here's the complete text of the patent's abstract:
"An example operation apparatus includes: a direction input operation section provided on a front surface of a housing of the operation apparatus and at such a position that, in a state where the operation apparatus is held with at least one hand of a user, the direction input operation section is allowed to be operated with a thumb of the hand; and a rotation operation section which is provided on a surface different from the front surface of the housing and at such a position that, in a state where the operation apparatus is held with the hand or the other hand of the user, the rotation operation section is allowed to be operated with an index finger of the hand or the other hand and which is an operation section capable of being rotationally operated."
You can also view the diagrams in the gallery below. Do you think buttons like these are a good idea for a controller? They can provide functionality similar to how the mouse wheel is often used in PC games (zooming, quick inventory scrolling, etc.). Can you think of any more applications for scroll wheels? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: United States Patent Application