• [E3 2011] 'Only One Tablet Per Wii U Console', Says Miyamoto


    With the grand unveiling of the Wii U, all eyes have been on the newly designed controller. Sporting accelerometers, a camera and it's own LCD touchscreen, the controller packs almost as many features as a current-gen handheld. Subsequently the big question on everybody's lips has been 'how much will additional controllers cost?'. Well it looks like you won't have to wonder anymore, because Nintendo will be limiting one tablet per console.

    When asked by News.com.au about the possibility of using two touchscreen controllers, Nintendo figurehead Shigeru Miyamoto delivered the following response:

    "Our basic premise is that you can use one with a system. If we got to an idea of having multiple (controllers) it might be just more convenient for people to use their Nintendo 3DS and have a way to connect that."

    The news may quell initial anticipation from fans, limiting the multiplayer possibilities for the console. Worse yet it has some commentators fearing that it may make the feature packed controller just another gimmick.

    On the other hand, with all the features packed within the tablet controller, there's no doubt it would come with a hefty price tag if it were to be sold separately for multiple players. In that regard, it wouldn't be the sort of thing you'd purchase extras of for when friends drop by.

    Not all hope is lost however. While the console is currently only designed to support one of the tablet-based controllers, Miyamoto stated that the company hasn't ruled out the possibility entirely:

    "We are doing research about if someone brings their controller to their friends house and they want to play together on Wii U to whether or not something like that would be possible.

    Nintendo stock experience a 4.6% slide on the Tokyo Stock Exchange yesterday finishing at 16,160 ($189.83).

    What do you think readers, has this news crushed your hopes for the upcoming console?

    Comments 3 Comments
    1. icerush's Avatar
      icerush -
      As if the original Wii remote wasn't lethal enough in live action! I can see little Johnny getting nailed by his brother while playing Wii U Sports. Maybe this is attempt to kill off the American middle class by Japan? I know I dropped the remote at least once, and you have to figure these remotes will cost ~$100 (and I imagine that's a loss for Nintendo).

      Not to say it doesn't look fun, but imagine one of those suckers center mass of the 46" TV.
    1. Funkin''s Avatar
      Funkin' -
      I'm sure they'll change this in the future. Either making it to where two controllers can be used, or one and a 3DS.
    1. predateur's Avatar
      predateur -
      WOW! the screen shot in the monitor is the same scene in God of war 3 when kratos fight the giant scorpion see ! : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QXtv...eature=related