Nintendo’s Wii U will finally be released in less than month! In preparation, let’s examine one of the most overlooked but important features — the controllers.
Nintendo has been touting the ability of its “tablet-like” controller called a GamePad that will come packaged with the Wii U during the system’s launch in November. The Wii U GamePad will act as a second screen for some games, allowing gamers to access features that cannot be seen on the main screen. The GamePad can also serve as the main screen when the primary screen is in use by others.
It was recently announced that Nintendo will not be selling accessory GamePads, citing that there are no games in the launch window that would take advantage of this feature. Nintendo has stated that the system includes the Wii U console and the GamePad together. Presumably, Nintendo might offer replacement GamePads to consumers who damage the ones that came with their console.
There is speculation that another reason for the one GamePad per system rule might be have to do with optimizing the efficiency of the Wii U. If the console was asked to power more than two screens, one could assume that there would be lagging and lowered frame rates due to the consumption of RAM.
Nintendo will be selling Wii U Pro Controllers for $49.99. These controllers (above) most resemble the Xbox 360 controllers, and are suited best for playing more traditional “core” games or games that require multiple players.
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Dave Arland is a 22-year veteran of the consumer electronics industry, working now to promote digital satellite services and broadcast mobile TV. He played a key role in the introduction of HDTV, mp3 audio, and electronic books. He runs Arland Communications, a full-service Public Relations & Communications agency from offices in Carmel, Indiana.