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Wii U GamePads Will Not Be Sold Separately In North American Retailers

Although Nintendo will sell Wii U Gamepads separately in Japanese retailers, Nintendo of America’s director of PR, Marc Franklin, revealed that Nintendo will not be selling Wii U GamePads as standalone products in North America. Franklin claims that if Nintendo were to sell separate Wii U GamePads, it would confuse consumers as there are no announced games that support two of them.

The only apparent way to obtain a second Wii U GamePad is to purchase one directly from Nintendo of America.

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    1. when you read, you find out answers:

      “The only apparent way to obtain a second Wii U GamePad is to purchase one directly from Nintendo of America.”

      last line of the article there, chief.

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    1. The only stupid one here is you! Aren’t you that dumb trolling asshole that’s always talking shit abut Nintendo? So why do you care if they people can’t buy a gamepad from retailers? Like it says in the Article if you even bothered reading it, YOUR friends (cause i’m guessing you ain’t buying a Wii U yourself) can get a second tablet directly from Nintendo themselves. I don’t know why you’re all butt hurt about it…wait a minute, you are gonna buy a Wii U aren’t ya! Hahaha busted bro!

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      1. You’re an idiot. Our controller broke and we can’t go out and buy a new one. That’s bullshit. So shut your yap. The only person trolling is you.

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      1. I doubt it will be the case for you either. There are idiots livibg everywhere and your football mums are going to by the controller thinking it will work for Wii :P

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      1. Faith in PC gamers restored :) But obv. I mean the masterrace PC gaming trolls (such as the guy above) who trolls this page day and night, morning and evening <__<

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      2. i hate it when people feel the need to have align themselves to a certain brand, no matter what it is. whether it be shoes, clothes, food, or in this case video games. it’s stupid, and those people miss out on a lot of great things because of it

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      3. ness isn’t a pc gamer. he has an xbox. don’t take his word for it, it’s obvious he doesn’t know about about pc gaming.

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    1. yeah that’s all, eventually some people can have an accident….if is it happend to me i’m fucked up because i live in latin america….and there’s no “nintendo of america” in my country

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      1. If mine breaks im fucked because im pretty sure buying one from NoA means using a credit card over the internet which I absolutley refuse to do plus I dont have one in the first place.

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  1. People shouldnt expect nintendo to release games that support TWO gamepads , It causes alot of problems with the system and slows it down and drops framerate , Maybe in its few years in its life span they will make it possible with PARTY GAMES and games that aren’t graphically intense but I highly doubt it.

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      1. The wii u will have better graphics and FPS in their games if they didn’t have that stupid controller , and the wii U CPU is is doing double the WORK because it displays 2 images ..

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      2. Thats the thing, everyones like “ooo the gamepad” and yeah, it could reeeally do some great stuff, amazing stuff. But if you cant think of anything, or dont want to, just make the pro controller or wiimote and nunchuck the basic controller.

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  2. if the reason is that there are no announced games that support two of them, then they might change their minds in the future if such a game is announced.

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  3. Goooood, people are stupid outside of Japan, they wont understand.
    And if you break a gamepad, you deserve to pay even penny for a new one.

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  4. To be honist, it would be kinda dumb for them to sell the game pads in retailers. If they did they will be losing more money to make thousands if not millons of wii u game pad just to put on shelves and not everyone is going to buy a second game pad. It wastes materials and they’ll lose millons. It’s just better for them to make game pads as a stand alone for people who wants it. I know for a fact that’s excactly what they’re thinking.

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  5. I’m convinced one Gamepad is enough per console. Two might add a level of fun, but it wouldn’t be worth the cost. I hear the Gamepad is like $149(Equivalent) in Japan.

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  6. “Franklin claims that if Nintendo were to sell separate Wii U GamePads, it would confuse consumers as there are no announced games that support two of them.”

    Nintendo of America either doesn’t have enough faith in their packaging/design people to create a box that looks different to the main console box, or thinks all their customers are absolute idiots.

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    1. Nintendo has always assumed that non-Japanese people (especially Americans) are idiots… Look at Super Mario Bros 2. Even back then they thought the original one would be too hard for the inferior people that do not live in Japan.

      But I have to defend them though… Many people here have not even read the full article so they do not think there is a way to replace it…

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  7. Seriously I don’t get it. Just put some giant words on the box “WII U GAMEPAD CONTROLLER FOR WII U CONSOLE”

    It’s not gonna work, once children (including me) start breaking the controller, Nintendo will change their mind.

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  8. Sounds fine to me.
    I’ve never had an issue taking care of my controllers in the past and this time will be no different.
    Besides, it will reinforce the fact that the pad that comes with the system, will really be the only one you’ll ever truly need for the majority of the great games coming to the system.

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    1. What does it have to do with taking care of the controller ?
      Ever thought about the possibility that there could be households where more than 1 person wants to play with the WiiU in ? As if it’s not already bad enough that it supports only 2 Gamepads, no, they don’t even let you buy it at retailers… Doesn’t sound too logical to me.

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  9. “We have deliberately not announced the availability of the GamePad as a separate, standalone accessory here in the United States,” Fils-Aime told me. “The reason for that is simple – there are no games in the launch window that take advantage of a second GamePad. And [because of that], I want all of that hardware production to be focused on driving sales at retail.

    “What I mean by that is that Wii U is a console and a GamePad together. If I were to take additional GamePads and make them available as an accessory, then I would have less Wii U console hardware to sell into retail. You know, probably one of your questions is whether I’m going to meet demand. The only way we’re going to achieve that here in the Americas is to not have that GamePad accessory, so I can maximize my overall volume.”

    There are no games that support the use of two pads at the moment so they haven’t announced it as an accessory yet, and because of this and the fact that they want to focus attention on the console for now they will not make it avalible.

    He’s not saying never, at least not that I can see. I have no doubt that should the need for two pads come, then it will be met.

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  10. Are Americans really that dumb? Can they grasp the concept of a backup controller in Japan but not in America? Wow… pretty lame. I’m sure there’s no kid in the US who is going to accidentally drop this thing and need a replacement faster than customer service can act.

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  11. WTF? I take offense to this!
    So Japanese are smart enough to be able to tell the difference between the console and just the controller, but Americans aren’t?
    Seriously?

    I iz so totally confused 0_x??!!! Durrrr….

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  12. I commented on the article about an expensive gamepad in other countries saying I wouldn’t worry until I hear the american price. I guess I’ll just have to wait a while for price, huh?

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  13. That’s fine. Like he said, there’s no games supporting two controllers. You won’t need one unless it breaks, and Nintendo makes durable hardware, si this won’t be much of a problem for most people.

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  14. I get the feeling Nintendo is making “mistakes” just so that what they originally wanted to do will look better by comparison. It’s like with the original 3DS price. They probably deliberately made it so damn high so that its lowered price looks much better. Nintendo’s just basically messing with our perspectives.

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  15. dont worry i will recomand wii u suports 4 game pad tablets thats the selling point why is nintendo not focussing on the biggest selling point of wii u tablet controlers like 3ds only 2d stuff make no use of 3d technolgies microsoft xbox 720 and ps4 will suport 4 tablet controlers

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  16. i can see their concern, people might also confuse it for a handheld console. But come on, it would nice to go to target or something to buy a replacement rather than call nintendo!

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  17. Once they become cheaper to manufacture and games start taking advantage of there being two they’ll probably release them. If nothing uses two there’s no sense on having two anyways.

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