Nintendo Wii U designed for one tablet controller

June 11, 2011

More details on Nintendo’s console sequel slated to arrive next year have been revealed.

We’ve already heard a lot about the Wii U from this week’s E3 unveiling, and one of the smart potential features we noted is the tablet controller display making local multiplayer an interesting prospect, as it can obviously contain information hidden from other players.

However, it seems Nintendo isn’t thinking along these lines. In an interview with, Shigeru Miyamoto noted that the console was only being designed with one tablet controller in mind.

When questioned about whether players could use two touchscreen controllers, Miyamoto replied: “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.”

“That being said, 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.”

So, that throws up an interesting possibility in itself – connecting the 3DS.

For a console which could allegedly be out in just ten months time, there’s a lot of talk of research – coupled with the fact that Xbox/PS3 footage was used for trailers, that would suggest the Wii U will be arriving late 2012, not inside a year.


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