The controller is like a lifted version of the Nintendo 64 controller, hence the consoles name 'RetroLift'. The controller has the shape of the N64 controller- an M. It has a miniaturized version of the touchscreen gimmick implemented into the Wii U and DS, and the touchscreen that can be found on this controller is a bit smaller than the one on the DS. It isn't required for any games.
The controller has the following buttons:
- Start button
- Select button
- Home button
- Left joystick
- Right joysticke
- Directional pad
- Action buttons (X, Y, B, and A)
- Shoulder bumpers
- Side triggers (work as normal triggers would but placed next to bumpers rather than behind)
The menu layout stays basically the same from the Wii U.
The Internet is a bit different different from the Wii U and NX- you can now choose to download your own search engine without the restrictions of Nintendo's internet. You can choose from Yahoo, Bing, or Google.
Like on the 3DS, badges will be collectible and are based on games from the console. Above, you can see badges of Aaron, Fay, Mario, Link, Kirby, Pit, and Sonic. They work like achievements do on the Xbox and Playstation, where you can earn them in games for accomplishing something or by buying some.
A full list of badges can be seen at The RetroLift/Badges
Miiverse stays the same and maintains the same layout.
The RetroLift can have its outer plating easily replaced, and as a result they are distributing cases for your RetroLift. You can suggest a case in the comments below. The first wave of cases contained a Pokemon Case, Mario Case, Inkling Girl Case, and Kirby Case.
The Virtual Console now also has games owned by companies partnered with Nintendo. One example of this is Sonic 06, originally only released for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. A list of all virtual console games for the RetroLift can be found here.
- The RetroLift was originally under the working name of Wii² and had a totally different design.
- Majority of this pages layout is inspired by The V², a console created by the Toroko company.