One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

June 10, 2011 -

Bad news for consumers who want to have more than one Wii U controller when Nintendo's fancy new console ships: it only comes with one and you will not be able to buy an additional controller at launch. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed the news, but said that if more than one fancy new controller is needed users could "hypothetically use a 3DS."

"Our basic premise is that you can use one [Wii U controller] with a system," Miyamoto told News.com.au. "If we got to an idea of having multiple controllers it might just be more convenient for people to use their Nintendo 3DS and have a way to connect that."

We are not sure if it is simply an issue of keeping costs down or a technical hurdle that Nintendo hasn't figured out how to overcome yet, but Miyamoto says that they are looking into it:

"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," said Miyamoto.

Source: Eurogamer

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Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

Well it is highly unlikely that they won't sell the classic wii controller seperatly but I can believe the story that they will be unwilling (or unable) to mass produce the controller initially to have retail stock in stores????

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Ummm? "No really we don't think selling extra controllers is a good idea. But if people REALLY want one, well then they can just drop $250 on a 3ds"!?!?!

Gee? I think we just discovered the reason why Nintendo's stock tanked the day that they showed this thing off in public.

I'm sort of worried for Nintendo here. While the Wii has been a jugernaut, particularly in the non traditional gaming populace, both of their new offerings seem problematic. Very very unlike them. The 3ds seems like an overly expensive gimmick that really brings nothing to their core customer base that the traditional DS models are not already offering. Plus it has the added bonus of causing nausea and blinding headaches in a noticeable percentage of their players. Woot! This new Wii U or "F U" or whatever idiotic thing they are calling it seems like a massively kludgy mess. No hard drive, "one controller and a memory card should be good enough for anyone". Well gee! They've created all the gaming possibilities of an iPad... without the portability. Go team N!

I didn't think it would be possible for one of the icons of good japanese gaming to fall faster than Square Enix, but with these recent offerings Nintendo looks like they might be taking a run up on the crown. 

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

Meh, Nintendo will find a way to make it work. They always do. They haven't been around almost since the beginning for no good reason.

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Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

If you can just attach a 3ds, what makes this new console special and innovative again?

 

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Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

"Our basic premise is that you can use one [Wii U controller] with a system,"

That makes is sound like he is saying the machine will only EVER support one Wii U controller at a time. Is anyone reading that differenty? Because that sounds like a major limitation to me. You would want at least two Wii U controller support.

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A severe limitation if not suicide.

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Why is the WII looking better and better all the time? Nintendo is smoking thier own poo gas again.......


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Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

Well that puts a damper on the notion of playing board games with the family on an expensive piece of hardware.

Not sure why they hadn't considered the possibility of multiple Wii U controllers being used on the same system. I can think of half a dozen interesting multiplayer experiences that can be implemented by that functionality alone, and here they are stating it can't be done. Shame on you, Nintendo, for trying so hard to think outside boxes that you had to build another one around yourself. :P

Even if the technical hurdles of allowing a second controller are overcome, suggesting that we buy a 3DS to use as that second controller seems a bit... contrived, don't you think?

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

I know. I never would have considered you couldn't use more than one until I read it. Disaterous for Nintendo, even though this makes me sound like one of the idiot Nintendo bashing fanboys.


Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

I´m surprised they won´t sell you the controller separated. I was kind of pissed off when they selled the Wiimote and the Nunchuck separately.

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

No surprise here. I can't think of a single console sold in the last two generations that came with more than one controller.

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

The difference being: controllers for the previous systems were rather affordable in comparison to what it's going to cost to pick up a second (or more) of these things.

It's like the whole thing with 3D TV's. Sure, you get one or two of the $100-150 3D glasses with the TV. But if you want more than that?  You're really going to have to shell out for it.

Another difference: were additional controllers outright unavailable to buy when previous consoles launched?

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

that much is true, and I considered 50 bucks for a second PS3 controller a bit much.

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

Let's just hope the multiplayer games will be few... oh wait, who am I kidding? It's Nintendo. Most of their games contain some form of multiplayer mode.

I wonder how many people he thinks will be open to the idea of paying the price of the console itself just for the ability to have another controller.

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Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

 I don't even understand how they can even imagine a world where one controller is acceptable.  I mean it would be such a complete turn around from the party environment that the Wii lives at right now.

I mean the obvious technical limitation comes from the controller not having any processing hardware in it.  Every controller you attach taxes the graphics processor and eats into the bandwidth available for the system.  Streaming the HD video signal is what's creating this one device environment.

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

It's not that dissimilar to offering 4-player split screen. The only difference is transmitting those screens to wireless devices.

Besides, I recall reading that the controller's screen is not HD formatted: the screen is small enough that sending an HD signal to it would not add much to the picture quality. Consider watching a video in 480p versus 1080p on an iPhone screen: there simply aren't enough physical pixels to show the details of the higher-quality image, so it gets smushed to a lower format, anyway. Why not start with a lower format video to begin with, saving bandwidth and storage for other things?

EDIT: now that I think about it, if the console were built with the capacity to transmit a single 1080p video stream, it ought to be fully capable of sending four 360p or 480p streams simultaneously. One can only hope, of course.

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

You know, giving each player their own view would be pretty cool for an FPS, especially is in that mode, if the main TV is left on, the main TV could be set to a sort of spectator cam or even a map so people who want ot can follow the action. It would make tournaments interesting.

Re: One Wii U Controller Per unit, Says Nintendo

Well it is highly unlikely that they won't sell the Wii U controller seperatly but I can believe the story that they will be unwilling (or unable) to mass produce the controller initially to have retail stock in stores.   We might be looking at a repea of the N64 days where you ended up just bringing a controller over to your friend's house for multiplayer.  

Then again, it could be a scheme to move extra 3DSes, who knows? 

 
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