Japanese auction reveals Nintendo’s first Wii remote… for the GameCube

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Over the weekend, a Japanese auction site revealed an incredibly rare version of Nintendo's Wii remote: one that was designed not for a Wii console, but for the previous generation's GameCube. And at least one game developer has already attested to its legitimacy.

The previously unrevealed remote controller, which sold at Yahoo Auctions for 74,000 yen (approximately $663 USD) on Thursday, looks incredibly similar to what eventually launched for the Wii. The button layout and shape of the remote looks quite similar, and it includes a paired "nunchuk" controller and sensor bar. But unlike the wireless Wii controller that eventually launched in 2006, this one is hardwired—and includes a GameCube controller connector at the end of its apparently long cord.

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