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Patent shows lost Nintendo motorbike title

Motion control-only game sketched out.

A new patent filing has shown off Nintendo's concept for an unreleased motion-controlled motorbike game.

The drawings, dug up by Siliconera, show how players would have controlled the game by using the Remote and Nunchuk as handle bars.

Pushing forward would accelerate your vehicle, pulling back would brake, tilting the controllers from side to side would steer and shaking the controller would initiate a turbo boost. An option for Balance Board controls was also detailed, where you'd have to lean to maneuver your bike or jet ski.

The patent also suggested that the proposed game would feature ramps and jumps. You'd control your motorcycle in the air to ensure a smooth landing by gesturing its nose up or down.

The patent mentions the game is/was in development at NST – Nintendo's US-based studio responsible for the Mario vs Donkey Kong series. It's unclear whether the project is still alive and kicking or if it has been canned.

If it has been tossed on the scrapheap, it wouldn't be the first time NST had seen a project canceled. Its proposed Wii action game Project H.A.M.M.E.R was shown off at E3 in 2006 then never seen again.

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