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Rumour: Wii U To Support Two Tablet Controllers?

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Jonathan Lester
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Rumour: Wii U To Support Two Tablet Controllers?

Back at E3, Nintendo announced that the Wii U would only support a single tablet controller. Which, let's face it, is a bit limp. However, Develop has heard from a “trusted game development executive” who claims that Nintendo are planning to change the code base in order to allow two tablets to be synced with a single console.

“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 sh*t about the framerate." - "Trusted" source to Develop

Yes indeed, foul-mouthed whistleblower, it does need to work. While Nintendo are brilliant at finding new niches to exploit, they absolutely must nail the Wii U reveal and subsequent software support in order to compete in what is currently a two-horse race. We'll keep our eye on the situation.

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Late  Nov. 10, 2011 at 00:54

I think it more likely it'll support only one tablet, but then (a few months after launch) they'll bring out an ugly peripheral to the console which will allow a second to clumsily join in. And of course the tablets will be very expensive.

Invest heavily in researching the tech, keep production costs cheap, miss the "fantastic innovation" mark by the slimmest of margins, and make a fortune on peripherals - it's the Nintendo way.

gunnx  Nov. 10, 2011 at 09:25

I think it more likely it'll support only one tablet, but then (a few months after launch) they'll bring out an ugly peripheral to the console which will allow a second to clumsily join in. And of course the tablets will be very expensive.

Invest heavily in researching the tech, keep production costs cheap, miss the "fantastic innovation" mark by the slimmest of margins, and make a fortune on peripherals - it's the Nintendo way.


They sure do have a habit of charging a lot for peripherals but does the tablet actually have much tech inside it? can it do any local processing or is it just a screen

Late  Nov. 10, 2011 at 21:37

Yeah its pretty much a handheld console on its own, apparently.

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