Nintendo adds Wii U support for second controller
Tablet for two
Nintendo will tweak its forthcoming Wii U console to support two tablet controllers after one wasn't deemed sufficient.
An anonymous source reckons engineers are working hard to bring simultaneous support for two pads to Ninty's next-gen console, with further enhancements also on the way.
Speaking with Develop magazine, the insider said Nintendo is on the cusp of solving the technical aspects of using two touchscreen devices simultaneously, although there is very little chance of extending that further.
The need to push for a second pad came from feedback at this summer's E3, where an initial Wii U build was on display. The source claims Nintendo now know they "absolutely need to support two tablets".
“At E3 they didn’t commit to this, but they know how important it is to make it technically feasible to support two screens. Even if that affects framerate, as a developer and player, I don’t care. It needs to work. Developers will design appropriate games for this. If you’re building a quiz game you’re not going to give a shit about the framerate.”
A full build of Nintendo's Wii U is promised for E3 2012 with a full launch expected shortly after.
How much it will cost for users to buy two tablet handsets remains to be seen, but Ninty better get things right. The company is expected to post its first ever annual loss next year and a speedy recovery is needed in order to recover from the slow uptake of the Nintendo 3DS. ®
Never forget the Wii
Every time I see the WiiU I just think it looks like a terrible, terrible idea for a console. But, everyone said the same about the Wii.
Using the same logic, I predict this will sell billions.
Confused and floundering
With the Success they enjoyed with the Wii right off the bat, and the slow build to collosal domination of the DS Nintendo seem to have forgetton WHY these devices were successful. Different experiences and a cheapish pricepoint. The names were crappy but people knew what they were. Why keep the name for it's successor when it's leading to consumer confusion?
The new consoles 3DS and Wii U don't appear to be very strong replacements. 3DS is a different beast to the DS and DSI, however with a similiar name Parents (the main buyers of DS's) think that they are the same and go for the cheaper options.
Wii U is looking.... interesting. But the unveiling of it left the games press confused, and they are supposed to know what the hell it is. The general public believe that it is an addon for the wii, like the Motion Plus, or nunchuck.
Why wasn't the 3DS called the Gameboy 3D? It differentiates from the DS and yet has a strong name behind it still. Wii U.......I'm sure the next one will be the Wii U Mii
You're not a fanboy if one hardware failure puts you off entirely.
This seems very weird. Multiplayer home fun is the basis of Wii and GameCube success. Nintendo have a good record for proving us wrong when we think there console will flop, but I'm rather worried by what we're hearing. I LIKE that the Wii is cheap and fun, even if it's long in the tooth.
The Wii was the first console that ever made my dad want to play games, he's now 69 and suffers from Parkinsons... and yet he loves the bowling games, it's about the only ones he can play (when his illness allows him to).
To get my dad interested in a gadget, let alone a games console is nothing short of miraculous. I bought the Wii because I loved Mario Kart on my original SNES (because I'm a 40yr old gamer and remember the original) and the number of games I have can be counted on 1 hand (I game on my PC).
But the Wii allowed my dad to play with the rest of us, and it's appeal goes a lot further than that. My 76yr old Aunt went and bought one, and she loves to play table tennis. Neither her not my father are in good health.
So the Wii U raises a couple of concerns for me... holding the larger pad with touchscreen could be difficult for them, making controlling things more difficult will stop them being able to join in... it was the simplicity of use that made the Wii such a massive hit... I hope Nintendo don't lose sight of that. I was telling my folks about the new Wii U the other week and I could see gleams of interest from both of them... but if it's too complicated it's going to be a waste of time buying it.