Wii U could support two tablets - Report

Develop says there are indications Nintendo's next console will allow for simultaneous screen-sporting controllers after all.

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At the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo unveiled the Wii U and the new tablet-like controller for the system. Many unknowns still linger about the system's functionality, but one question regarding the supported amount of simultaneous tablet-like controllers may be getting closer to being answered.

The Wii U may support two of Nintendo's new controllers at once.

Citing a "trusted game development executive," industry publication Develop reports that recent updates to the Wii U codebase suggest Nintendo is close to resolving technical issues preventing use of more than one simultaneously connected, screen-adorned controller.

However, those hoping to connect more than two controllers to their Wii U at once may be out of luck. The report goes on to say that there is "very little chance" that four controllers will ever be supported.

Nintendo's showing at E3 2011 presented various demonstrations of potential Wii U games, but even multiplayer-centric titles were predicated on only one person having a screen-equipped controller. At the time, Nintendo said the Wii U was restricted to use of one Wii U controller, but future support for multiple controllers might come.

Speaking to Nintendo's reservations about committing to multi-tablet support, Develop's source said, "At E3 they didn't commit to this, but they know how important it is to make it technically feasible to support two screens. Even if that affects framerate, as a developer and player, I don't care. It needs to work. Developers will design appropriate games for this. If you're building a quiz game you're not going to give a s*** about the framerate."

The Wii U is set to be displayed in final form at E3 2012.

Discussion

144 comments
SolidTy
SolidTy

Each Tablet costs $172 in Japan, plus importing fees. No launch games support the feature...but hey, the Wii U can do it at least.

Alianjaro
Alianjaro

@Killer6b9 Man you're missing a big thing. The Wii U will support 2 tablet controllers AND Wii controllers. Yeah you can use all Wii controllers so it doesnt limitate the number of players at all.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Wow now they want you to buy two Wii U's so you can play multiplayer with no internet.......assuming you can link multiple Wii U's together......even the N64 let 4 people play.....oh those were the days......heck I even remember getting 2 controllers and a game when I bought a console....what a shame this industry has changed...All I can say about the big N is keep this up and you will be following SEGA....lord I miss them....

rehtycs29
rehtycs29

wooow 2 controllers such an innovative change in the gaming industry

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

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daub11
daub11

it's going to be awsome when the wii-u comes out cause i can not wait to get it. the whole thing just looks totally SiCk.

mello7283
mello7283

Nintendo rocks, can't wait for this system!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

That is great The Wii U needs to support 2 tablet Controllers. Imagine an RTS game where both players have different information on each of their controller screens which only they can see, also differing from the viewable information on the television screen. There are interesting possiblities that I hope Nintendo and the 3rd party publishers can think of. A great game that could incorprate this is "Chase me" even though that was just a tech demo. You could now create an actual game out of it. With 3 different screen gameplay. The playfield on the television and 2 players with thier own game images on their tablet controller screens. Now I am more interested in the Wii U having the ability to use 2 tablet controllers opens up lots of interesting possible game concepts. Can Nintendo and the 3rd parties use their imagination to innovate?

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

I am glad Nintendo is reconsidering the single tablet limit. I play all of my sports games locally. Having dual tablets would yield an awesome user experience.

Tedd_216
Tedd_216

@xcollector I dont think that what you said was wrong, about the wii u having signs of failure, but there is no system that comes with 4 controlers in the box. And if there is please tell me i would love to buy it. Cause the price of the new controllers r sooo high.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@zidan4000 : While I normally don't resort to this it is very appropriate...are you sure that isn't your own fail that you are smelling?

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

@xcollector No Kidding. This just shows the lack of detail and insite Nintendo has developed. I mean they came out with a peripheral analog stick for the 3DS almost at launch that should've made it on the handheld the moment it was developed and now this...Nintendo get yourself together.

xcollector
xcollector

Not having 2 controller support confirmed before the system's launch is already signs of failure. Especially since in this day of age 4 controller support out of the box is standard unlike past generations 2 controller support.

zidan4000
zidan4000

Wii U will fail ,I can smell it from a mile away.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Two screens max sounds like a good idea, even though we all would rather the system support four. That tablet had better be a beast in terms of performance when I get my hands on it though!

jch123
jch123

I don't see how this is a bad thing, why would anyone want to give up the cash to buy 4 TABLETS! I think its great that one comes with the console and you don;t have to shell out for the rest of the controllers because we already own them! Its a great system! the only thing that changes is the box, everything else is supported. I lOVE THIS

Tauu
Tauu

Two tablets would make WiiU the perfect console for playing Madden with two players. I won't have to switch the play screen really fast in an attempt to hide what I'm doing anymore.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@HonorOfGod : And for the gamecube...it actually had a significantly stronger game lineup than wii did..we see quite a few 1st and 3rd party titles..we see Windwaker (what many consider the best of the series),True Crime,Guns,a plethora or Resident Evil titles,Metroid Prime,MetalGear Solid,2+ new Nintendo ip's (depending on how strict you hold the term ip possibly even more),SoulCaliberII(what many consider the best in the series),Viewtiful Joe,Prince of Persia,some of Nintendo's oftenly regarded as ''most innovative'' first party titles,many star wars titles,tombraider,timesplitters,hitman 2,Red Faction 2,Mortal Combat..and many,many,many more.We also see a fairly consistent pattern of games with 8's,8.5's,9's, and even 9.5's throughout the game lineup ..we see considerably more highly rated titles than low-rated titled.The gamecube had more 1st party titles than ps2 and many titles were shared between the 2.

rarson
rarson

I don't understand the complaints here. When you play multiplayer, the framerate might be reduced. Just like every every other system.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@HonorOfGod : The main reason I pulled up the ds was for the comparison of the fact the Nintendo really brought in the touch screen,the tablet built upon that.Gameplay wise (from what we've seen) the wii-u and ds gameplay use is completely different...yes,the wii-u does come with a stylus but besides casual drawing we haven't seen any features or games actually using it like the ds (ie. drawing,tapping,etc.) ...we mainly see it used as another screen for things like maps,inventory,etc. (which works since not everyone wants to pull those features up to see them) and getting another viewpoint on the game...or for the overstressed use of playing on the tablet itself for when the channel is changed (or for multitasking).So far we haven't seen more focus on what is going on with the controller than the screen..it is more of an integrated combination.There is a major different between what we've seen on the ds and what we will see with the wii-u..the ds has more of a casual feel to it and is built for such..thus you will see casual/portable uses for touch screen..this is the first time however that it has been implemented with hardcore games so we can't make any major assumptions yet.

blackace
blackace

It'll support two controllers when it comes out. Still, it doubt it'll come with 2 controllers. I'm pretty sure those controllers will cost at least $75-$100 for one. Hopefully the system will cost no more then $350. Anything higher then that might now be good.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@HonorOfGod actually they do a ps2 game got release this week

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Is the casual market going to buy into the tablet control scheme? That should be their main concern since they seem to be the largest subsection of their fanbase. Forget the tablets, and forget their claims at innovation. I bought into it with the Wii, and almost five years later, I have less than 20 games to show for it. Bring us the games, Nintendo. Not ports of games available on a console I already own, but fun, engaging games that can be made outside of your own development teams. With all the Wii's success, Nintendo certainly didn't show me (a core gamer), much love outside of the usual first party titles. I'm pretty much sold on any Zelda title that comes down the pipe since I know it won't disappoint me, but buying a console for a series that only releases on it once or twice a generation doesn't cut it. No Fatal Frame 4, no Xenoblade, No Pandora's Tower...and the list goes on. Before it was a no-brainer to go with Nintendo, but all I can reasonably expect to own is the next Smash Bros. and Zelda titles, then the price of admission isn't worth it. Show me the games, Nintendo, and then continue your sales pitch on innovation.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@moviequest14 I understand where you are comming from but! The gamecube's downfall did not come from hardwear it was because of the lack of softwear compared to the PS2. The problem with the Wii U is well.. your example and idea of how to use it says it all, Its a life size Nintendo DS. Things like that are ok on a portable and thats why it works there but! living rooms are a different story. I doubt most wanted this to happen for that same reason.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@2_Quiet_2_Riot ps2?? they do not make ps2 games anymore.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

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mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Did anyone consider this might be a rumor, or a miss understanding?

Fresnokila
Fresnokila

Ha people complain about the Wii's graphics...now that Nintendo heard them and changed that fact they now complain about Wii U's graphics... Really...you guys get what you've been asking and still complain?

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

Already backtracking on statements ? Oh boy its going to be another rocky generation.....

mrpowers101
mrpowers101

another nintendo mishap! the wii had poor graphics and now this?

Yo-gan
Yo-gan

@cr8ive the Gamecube was alot more powerful than the PS2 and could produce far better visuals, I know it's been said a million times but just look at Resident Evil 4 for example in the differnces between the consoles power. I'm not really sold on the Wii-U at all at this stage, but hopefully there will still be more to be revealed that will convince me. And who am i kidding, i'll definitly end up getting one at some stage since there will be more Zelda and smash bros on it :P

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

2 Tablets is fine. Just hope we get a standard controller also. Like an enhanced Wavebird. The whole Wii remote + classic controller thing is not cutting it.

2_Quiet_2_Riot
2_Quiet_2_Riot

@zequex most PS2 gamers prefer the smell of fresh air and have social-lives OUTSIDE of their house, which explains why online MP isn't the most important aspect on PS2 (and PS3). They prefer actual social interaction rather than mics, in front of a tv screen.

chickennoris
chickennoris

as for games like arkham city i already finished it for ninja gaiden 3 when it comes out i will get it on my 360 and sigma for ps3 i will not get this console till it pass one year and be sure its made for gaming other than that i will stick to MS and Sony and wait the real new gen i don't want a repetitive games that i already own on my previous consoles that i already own from 5 years or just to play mario over and over again actulay after game cube i stoped buying any nintendo stuff

moviequest14
moviequest14

@HonorOfGod : Nah,no worries,I know you are not like some on here *cough*BoabDreeps*cough* but it all depends on what can be done..do I consider 3d on the 3ds a gimmick? Yes,for the most part,because there are only a handful of games that use it well.But I can bring up a massive list of developers handing heavy praise to the possibilities of the wii-u.As long as they don't try for techniques like shield bash (swinging the wii-u controller around) and try to things like hdzelda (having the map on the bottom of the screen with inventory) that are great and innovative...I recently read an article about all the ways that titles like GTAV could be innovated through the wii-u.Just because you can't think of any innovative uses doesn't mean that there aren't any..if that were true than we would be the developers..not them.And Nintendo thinks they pretty much have to make massive innovations because look what happened when Nintendo tried to go for ''just better graphics and a controller'' and attempted to reach towards the hardcore audience? The gamecube..Nintendo's least successful console to date.

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

@Mariner32 I don't think the video streamed to the controllers will be in HD. Otherwise, you're probably right.

aken909
aken909

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AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

Wii was different... and cause that third party maked awesome games for the other common systems and maked gimmicks for the different original system... WiiU will be the same thing. I learned from my mistake. If Kirby's return to dream land din't came out my WII could still be collecting dust

Rafa16
Rafa16

I'm getting this console no mater the price!!!

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

As long as the tablet is not mandatory for every game, or else they can kiss 3rd party support goodbye in the long run. I doubt that many developers are going to want to remake a game just so the wii can have a go? Besides, if Microsoft and Sony release new consoles, Nintendo had better hope they can offer more than this.

BoabDreeps
BoabDreeps

Ha ha. Nintendo, do you ever learn? Another gimmick prepares to roll off the production line. Loved all those Wii adverts with various celebrities pretending to enjoy the party games with multiple players. New ones should be good: One celebrity sitting in his bedroom playing on his own. Wife walks in and he barks at her to get out and close the door. "Don't disturb me when I'm playing Zelda!!!" Back to the good old days! Those tablets also look a bit similar to a balance board. Won't be long before some fatty decides to stand on it.

scratchisme
scratchisme

Oh boy! That's awesome.... Now what does it do?

Spacerac
Spacerac

It should support 2 with the screens on, more than 2 with the screens off if power is the issue.

franzito
franzito

@Wormkid_64 Thanks for the clarification, dude.

Vickman178
Vickman178

2 controllers is enough, plus we will be able to have 4 player with wiimotes and nunchuks