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Wii U Launch Games Will Not Support Two Wii U GamePads

During last week’s E3, Nintendo confirmed that the Wii U can support two Wii U GamePads. Reggie Fils-Aime announced that Wii U launch games will only support one Wii U GamePad. According to Fils-Aime, games that support two Wii U GamePads will be revealed “well after launch.”

“Games need to be built that can take advantage of the two GamePad controllers,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Gamasutra. “It’s going to be well after launch for those game experiences to come to life.”

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  1. Yea we already knows this. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t support two. Just hurry up and give me one!!!!!!!!!!

    Get N or get OUT!!!!

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  2. More reason why I am NOT buying a Wii U at launch.

    I want my system to be fully ready when I come to buy to it, which is why I am getting one two years after launch.

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      1. Eh what?

        This has nothing to do with the PS3, this is something I do with all consoles.

        Gee no wonder Aeolus trolls you guys if you make stupid comments like that.

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      2. Now what the hell has the PS3 to do with all this?
        You fanboys are insane to such an extent, you can’t think of anything else than trying to “bash” Sony at every single oppurtunity, eh? Sad.

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      1. Oh gee I don’t know

        Oh how about the fact I play multi players games with my cousin and brothers.

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      2. You do know you can use 4 Wii Remotes as well as the Game Pad simultaneously, don’t you?

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      3. woah, seriously. if you can not see the potential in having two gamepads for local multiplayer… then you need to learn the phrase “to think outside of the box”. There are so many ways this could help with games like fifa/madden… tactics? swapping players, changing formations on the go without your mate/foe knowing… tactically these controllers will become revolutionary for local multiplayer.

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      4. Then he could just play his Wii. From what Nintendo has shown about the Wii U the unique thing about it is its controller. So it is important to handle more than 1.

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      5. hi there i want 2 game pads too multi task like game and youtube game and nintendo tvii or eshop while useing youtube or youtube netflix theres millions of senerios were i can use 2 game pads

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    1. Fully ready? This was you 1st console generation, was it? Console can never be ready since the launch, the developers of games have to get used to the hardware.

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      1. I have no idea what you mean by “This was you 1st console generation, was it?”

        But I am sure that the answer is no.

        By ready I mean by have the bugs ironed out, better choices of game and a lower price point.

        I did this with every console I brought and it worked out great in the long run.

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    2. The reason is quite simple. The last dev kits were sent out just now and the one Ubisoft used to make Rayman Legends only supported one Wii-U GamePad so it does make sense. Besides, you can still use other controllers for certain multiplayer games like Rayman Legends, New Super Mario Bros. U, and more.

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      1. The reason you have given is pretty useless, though. Nintendo should have thought it through before deciding to only have a single GamePad to support. It’s obvious that people would want to play together with others. And only having one single person to use the GamePad obviously gives them advantages in many areas over the person who is using other controllers. So why decide on using only single one in the first place?

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      2. They didn’t decided, “Hey, let’s it only usable w/ one!”. You have to remember that when dev kits are sent out, they’re bound to have problems and issues and kinks to work out, the last ones were sent out before E3 for god’s sake. Not to mention having the system stream to multiple controllers can be rather taxing and can take some time getting used to in terms of development so they decided to not have Wii-U launch games us 2 Wii-U GamePads.

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  3. And that’s with a “launch” period that already extends much longer than most “launch” periods before it. Could be almost a year before we see this feature utilized.

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  4. i think it’s kindof nuts that only half of the games coming out for it so far were even anounced. i really do think it’s a smart thing to just slowly announce more and more things about the system between now and when it finally launches. it keeps the system in everybody’s minds and keeps the hype up for it.

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  5. Makes sense, the earlier games didn’t have acces to that technology until late in development because it was added last minute because of developper feedback

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    1. Ah, it’s good to see someone who understands. Last year, at E3, they didn’t have the two-controller support, but clearly due to demand they were forced to add it, but all the games that had been in development only supported one, due to this feature not existing in the early part of development, and as we all know, games take a while to develop, and so we won’t be seeing any until later.

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    1. Exactly what I am thinking…I wont ever get another game pad. If I do it will probably be in the distant future…like maybe 3 years after I get the Wii U this fall!

      EXCITED!

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  6. That is just silly. Nintendo may have just made the Wii U gamepad compatible with the Wii,if only one is going to be able to be used at a time with Wii U till after launch. The Wii U gamepad is what makes the Wii U appealing in first place.

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    1. You clearly missed the point of the Wii U.

      The Wii U has more power than the Wii has and is in HD. Also as Reggie said “Games need to be built that can take advantage of the two GamePad controllers”

      This would suggest that none of the launch game supports the two Wii U game pad function.

      Learn to read and applied logic sometime.

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  7. I don’t see this as a real problem, look at most of the games coming out for launch, do even half support local multiplayer? I mean most of third party games probably won’t, only game I could see this being bad for is Nintendo land.

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  8. Im not convinced that anyone actually reads these articles or perhaps don’t comprehend what they read. It says there are currently no games made yet that utilize two game pads not that the function is not ready yet.

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  9. Sometimes you just have to ask yourself if it really matters. Most of the time you play by yourself anyway and two GamePads are hardly needed. Especially if you own a Wii. You already have enough controllers.

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      1. Mr-Joker, not everyone plays bloody, horror-esque games like you. Even older people like to play more layed back, kid friendly games. It is about taste! Learn to respect the taste others!

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      2. But is a shit game for baby.

        My 4 months old baby will just drool on the controller, maybe try to eat it.

        While my 7 years old will able to play it just fine.

        Sigh if only there was a game that my 4 months old baby could play.

        Looks like he will have to do with a game of peek a boo.

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  10. So if you are playing local multi-player only one person gets to use a game pad, or you have to pass the same one around? That is really a deal breaker for me, I hope I am misinterpreting this.

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  11. I thought they werent going to make the same mistake as with the 3DS and release their system too early?
    Well, this makes it seem like they exactly do that; releasing the system before it’s completely ready. A system which can’t support more than 1 single controller at the same time at release… Seems pretty weird and un-ready to me. Never saw something like that before. Not trying to be a Nintendo-hater, not at all, but this truly is weird IMO.

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    1. It isnt the system. It is the GAMES themselves. Read the article again and you will see that Wii-U launch GAMES will not support two Wii-U gamepads. That is because they were too far in developement for them to have made the change to supporting two gamepads. It wasnt until recently that Nintendo learned that many fans wanted two gamepads. After the launch they will probably announce upcoming games that WILL support two.

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      1. No, it is Nintendo’s fault. I mean, who would want a system which only supports a single main-controller? It’s odd enough that only one single GamePad will be supported in the launch games, why would anyone want this for the whole time? Nintendo could have thought about that right in the beginning, it’s something really obvious after all. So in fact, they did make early plans into reality too early and they made the games to be developed with only single-GamePad-support before thinking everything through. And I do know that later games will support two GamePads, but that’s way too late IMO. That should have been the case right from the beginning, not several months later.

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  12. don’t give a shit. am not planning on buying a second upad anytime soon especially since wii peripherals will be compatible with that beast.

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  13. Makes perfect sense to me. Not many of the games we’ve seen so far really need 2 Upad support. One will do for now. Leave luck to heaven.

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  14. I don’t whink a second Wii U game pad is even important, since you have online multiplayer and stuff…I have a brother, but we don’t like sharing the same screen to play games. But anyway, as donzaloog said, just one controller will do for now!

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  15. As long as Smash Bros supports two tablets, I am happy. It will hopefully do away with the constant disorientation of zooming-in-zooming-out of the past games.

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