A TT Games staff member tweeted an image showing a redesigned controller for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console.
The tweeted snap shows a Wii U pad, featuring several changes to the controller seen at E3 last year.
The most obvious of these alterations is the removal of the shunned circle pads, which have been replaced in favor of analog sticks. Other differences include the moving of the plus and minus buttons to the right hand side of the controller, the Wii U logo placement and an addition of what would appear to be a ring of light around the controllers home button.
Additional revisions include an extra button opposite the power button and a mysterious square placed underneath the D-Pad.
The picture was posted to Twitter on Saturday, May 19 by Matthew Stewart, a quality assurance tester at TT Games, makers of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and upcoming Wii U title Lego City Stories.
Stewart posted the image to his @MATTYB00SH Twitter account, saying “Nintendo fanboys alert: look what we have at work! #BoysAndTheirToys”, no doubt breaking an NDA in the process. As you might expect, it didn’t take long for the tweet to get spotted and shared.
Soon afterwards Stewart deleted the tweet and then went on to delete his entire Twitter account. Incidentally, Stewart also wrote for gaming website NxtGamer, however following the Tweet his bio has since been removed from the site’s staff page.