Nintendo meets mobile phone: Samsung designer has a brilliant idea

Nintendo meets mobile phone: Samsung designer has a brilliant idea

Nowadays, modern cell phones often serve as an adequate substitute for Gameboy. Real gamers are not completely happy, however, because there is a lack of innovative game controls. However, Nintendo knows its way around that. A talented Samsung designer inspired a brilliant idea.

If you think of Nintendo , extraordinary operating concepts come to mind in recent years. The Wii has been a huge success for years and the current Switch is also thrilling players around the world - mobile and stationary. And smartphones? The first choice for "casual gamers" because you always have it with you. However, the control is not innovative. The touchscreen is well known and motion sensors have not been a specialty since the first iPhone. There has to be more going, right?

Samsung designer designs Nintendo-style game controllers

The South Korean Juan Lee probably had this idea and designed a really sharp piece. Lee is not just any "hobby designer", but has been working directly at Samsung as a product designer for two years. But apart from his job, there are always new projects that are not directly related to Samsung. His latest design: the "ICON" game controller. Its shape, shape and function are reminiscent of its Nintendo counterparts.

The basic and above all modular structure is as follows: In a box, which also functions as a smartphone holder, there are two controllers - one for the left and one for the right hand. They can be kept free, each a little reminiscent of the "nunchuk" of the Nintendo Wii. The special thing is the flexible approach. The controllers take on a number of different gamepads that can be freely selected and combined .

Mobile and stationary use à la Switch

But that's not all, the ICON attachments also work independently of the controllers. These can be applied directly to the smartphone's touchscreen and used as a gamepad.

The idea is almost banal, but still ingenious . The controllers are used in stationary use, as is the case with the switch. On the go, you can simply leave them out and use the adhesive gamepads directly.

Well, that's how it all started ... still awesome today:

Actually, it would be unfortunate if the idea were to remain in the draft status alone. But maybe Juan Lee's current employer will still enjoy it. It would certainly be an asset for Samsung and could bring some momentum to the recently somewhat dwindling smartphone sales. What is still missing are of course the ingenious games from Nintendo, but there has been a bit of rethinking in the past.


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