It seems the more I learn about the Wii U, the more questions I have regarding Nintendo’s bizarre handling of their new console’s announcement.
According to WatchPlayRead.com by way of CVG, Nintendo will not be releasing their iPad-ish controller separately. It will only be available bundled with the Wii U. According to an un-named Nintendo rep, the Wii U was developed around a “one tablet philosophy.”
This brings on a whole slew of new questions in my mind. First, if I’m only getting one tablet with the Wii U, how am I going to play couch co-op or vs play with any game that has a more complex control scheme? Will the WiiPad (thats what I’m calling it) allow you to tether a more traditional controller solution to it? Would the pad act as a “wireless hub” allowing you to connect multiple controllers to it? There must be some unrevealed controller for the Wii U that will allow you to play more complex games. I don’t see anyone playing the next Mass Effect or Dead Space on a Wiimote. In my mind thats the only solution that makes any sense.
From another angle: How are consumers going to get replacements for the WiiPad should they become damaged, if there is no sku for the controller to be sold by itself? Will I have to box up the whole damn thing and send it back? What about my game saves and DLC? If its tied to the system as it is to the Wii, I’ll have to start everything over. Since Nintendo didn’t announce any details at all about the console, this just adds a whole new layer of questions.
I’ve owned every console Nintendo put out (with the exception of the portables and the Virtual Boy), and I’m hoping that once all the smoke clears I’ll be hyped to drop my pre-order cash on this system. Right now, all I see is confusion surrounding this system. Here’s hoping Nintendo can pull it all together.
Image from CVG