E3: Wii U Might Only Have Room for One

Oh well, that whole multiplayer thing has been done to death anyways.

“Our basic premise is that you can use one with a system”. That’s what Shigeru Miyamoto told News earlier in regards to how many controllers can be connected to a single Wii U console. Continuing, he added that, “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 sounds like a ludicrous statement that recalls Game Boy Advance to GameCube connectivity nightmares to me, but that’s the official word.

We know that the system will be compatible with any combination of up to four Wii remotes, nunchucks, classic controllers and/or balance boards; but just one Wii U controller sounds incredibly limiting. And if you might as well just use a 3DS as a controller, then why bother having a U-specific touchscreen controller at all? Clearly, the tablet control unit has many more features than the company’s latest handheld does. Additionally, the 3DS has a woefully short battery life, which would lead to headaches for those of us who sometimes play games for hours on end.

Luckily, using multiple touchscreen controllers on one Wii U isn’t completely out of the question yet. That much is apparent thanks to this next line that he threw into the mix: “That being said, we are doing research about if someone brings their controller to their friend’s house and they want to play together on Wii U to whether or not something like that would be possible.” Let’s hope that researching their own product yields some positive results.

[Source: News]

Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo

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