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Wii U To Support Single Controller

By Kevin on Apr 02 2012 06:27 PM
April Fool's is over. I'm here to share some interesting news that has recently surfaced in regards to the controller support for the Wii U. Keep in mind that this is not confirmed by Nintendo, but definitely something to make note of. An undisclosed developer has recently told global video game news and information website, GamesIndustry International, some insightful details about the hardware support of the Wii U. Here's what the developer had to say.

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"The whole thing about the tablet controller is that you only get one of them, and you can only use one and it's not completely independent," noted the source. "The base console has to be on, and you have to be in range." Queried about other controllers, the source was clear: "Other controllers are just Wiimotes, or other Wii controllers. They may change the form factor or looks a bit, but it's the same controller."

Personally, I wouldn't be surprised if only one Wii U tablet-style controller was supported. Let's face it. How many of us actually play with someone in the same room, on the same console? So, even if this information turns out to be factual, would it really even matter in the long run? If we're playing multi-player, it's most likely online, right? There ya have it. I won't be heart-broken at all. Besides, playing local multi-player in New Super Mario Bros. for example, turned out to be an all-out last man standing match. If you've experienced that as well, you'd most likely agree that it was more of a nuisance to have other people in your family (or friends) holding your progress back.

I guess we'll just have to remain patient and wait to hear what Nintendo have to say at this year's E3 conference.

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Comments: 6

I see no problem with one controller since I play by myself/online anyways.  I do wonder how party games are gonna be now. O:

View PostLelunic, on 02 April 2012 - 09:15 PM, said:

I do wonder how party games are gonna be now. O:

I think the party games are going to be great, even better than they are now for the Wii. Nintendo isn't dropping support for the number of controllers; just the tablet-style controller (as speculated in this article). I'm not sure if you've seen this yet or not, but at last year's E3, there was a Wii U demo called Chase Mii. In the below video, it shows four people (there's one on the right side of the screen that's kind of hidden) huddled around the demo.

The first girl on the left is holding a Wii Remote, the second girl is holding the new tablet-style controller, as seen at 57 seconds. The other two, on the right side are holding Wii Remotes as well.

So, to compare it with the controller support that the Wii offers, there's really no difference as far as the number goes. Initially, I think developers, investors, and fans were under the assumption that the Wii U would support at least two of the tablet-style controllers. And, this could all just be incorrect information. I doubt it though. I feel strongly that the Wii U will only support a total of ONE tablet-style controller.
Oh yeah i've seen that game. Looks really fun. I also want to see how Mario Party will be on the Wii U.
If it does use more then one controller then carrying that to a friends house would be annoying. Well for me it would be. I drop lots of video game stuff.
consider this rumor SQUASHED! lol. it will support two gamepad's but when it does the frame rate drops from 60fps to 30fps, which makes total sense.

View Postaquizero, on 13 June 2012 - 06:27 PM, said:

consider this rumor SQUASHED! lol. it will support two gamepad's but when it does the frame rate drops from 60fps to 30fps, which makes total sense.

Indeed it has.

I'm with lelouch/ lelunic though. I can honestly say that it won't affect me since I play console games by myself 95% of the time. IF I'm playing with someone else, it's usually my wife, and we're playing classic Virtual Console games like Temco Bowl together using the Wii remotes. :)
Oh yeah that is cool. Umm I have never even worried about frame rate until last year actually. And by "worried" I mean I never even was aware that frame rate could be imperative to game play.