Did Wii U screw up with its gargantuan gamepad controller?

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Posted by mrintro (1354 posts) 10 months, 26 days ago

Poll: Did Wii U screw up with its gargantuan gamepad controller? (85 votes)

Yes 46%
No 54%

What were they thinking?

#1 Edited by MonsieurX (29483 posts) -

I'm fine with it.

But Pro controller > other controllers

#2 Posted by Bigboi500 (29291 posts) -

Best controller ever.

#3 Posted by kingjazziephiz (2404 posts) -

Nope.

#4 Posted by Jolt_counter119 (3967 posts) -

I like how there are many controller options that developers can play with. Wiimote, Motion+, Pro controller, screen gamepad. Though I heard pikmin's controls weren't that good with the gamepad which is ridiculously surprising because Pikmin is what came to mind when they first revealed the controller.

#5 Posted by cain006 (8625 posts) -

Not at all. It's easy to hold so if developers don't use the screen much I don't care because it's a good controller.

#6 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

Its not worth the amount of money it costs to make, not even close.

#7 Posted by Basinboy (11049 posts) -

No, it's biggest failing is its online MP and lack of third-party interest.

Not much has been done with the controller thus far but they have plenty of time to utilize it and make it worth the investment.

Its biggest drawback is its poor battery life. Were that better, it'd be more excusable. Also its cost certainly took away from other areas of the system.

#8 Posted by nini200 (9580 posts) -

No but they did screw up with releasing the console without the ability to stream multiple Gamepad controllers simultaneously.

#9 Edited by TheKingIAm (985 posts) -

@MonsieurX: nintengodno screwed up with the wii ewww period.

#10 Posted by Demonjoe93 (9523 posts) -

I wonder how many of the people here who hate the Wii-U controller have ever held it. I have fairly small hands and I've held one before (have yet to play a game with it though) and it really felt good in my hands. So if my relatively small hands can handle it, I think most people in general can.

I really do have small hands for a guy my age though. :P

#11 Posted by Jolt_counter119 (3967 posts) -

@nini200 said:

No but they did screw up with releasing the console without the ability to stream multiple Gamepad controllers simultaneously.

This is true.

#12 Posted by foxhound_fox (87624 posts) -

Anyone who has held one will have no issues with it. It isn't huge to hold, nor is it heavy. It's very ergonomic and comfortable to use.

#13 Posted by carljohnson3456 (12363 posts) -

Yes they screwed up with the controller. Nintendo was looking for the next controller gimmick for their system and bet on the wrong horse. Not only that but they hardly utilize it. It's used as a horn in the new Mario Cart. A horn. Gimmie a break.

Nintendo has made alot of mistakes with Wii U... lack of hardware, lack of online. Seriously, the Wii U is still so far behind the 360 and PS3 it's crazy. The console is a failure.

#14 Posted by millerlight89 (18347 posts) -

It is my favorite controller currently.

#15 Posted by psymon100 (6138 posts) -

Good controller.

#16 Posted by foxhound_fox (87624 posts) -

It's used as a horn in the new Mario Cart. A horn. Gimmie a break.

They learned from the Wii not to force it into everything, even where it wouldn't fit. This "Nintendo can never do right" attitude is so prominent on these boards, it almost amusing.

#17 Posted by OhSnapitz (18100 posts) -

...the problem is not the controller. The problem is they're not releasing anything compelling to warrant the inputs. And as one poster already mentioned, the idea of only being able to use one tablet controller at a time is assinine.

#18 Edited by carljohnson3456 (12363 posts) -

@foxhound_fox: They could have used it for anything. A map of the road, of the leader board, of anything. They used it as a horn. What a joke. They used it as a really large button.

#19 Posted by BranKetra (48109 posts) -

I like it. The Wii U needs more games, though.

#20 Edited by farrell2k (5798 posts) -

The only thing that sucks about it is the battery life...

#21 Posted by charizard1605 (55964 posts) -

Nope

#22 Posted by treedoor (7648 posts) -

Nope. In fact I think it's one of the best ideas for a controller out there.

The problem is Nintendo won't utilize its potential because they're stupid, and no 3rd parties will utilize it either because Nintendo thought the smart thing to do was make a console that 3rd parties didn't ask for.

But seriously, all the things that could be done with a touch screen in the controller. Seriously, even without touch it could be awesome.

Imagine a Star Fox-esque game where someone could be flying on the big screen, and a 2nd player could be in control of a turret that takes place in AR off-screen. They look through the controller screen, and the screen shows enemy ships flying around your living room. That'd be amazing, but something Nintendo won't ever do.

On top of that it could be used to bring other genres to consoles. An MMO could work better given that you could map all the buttons to the touch screen, and strategy games could utilize the touch screen for more precise controls. And it could just have its fun little quirks like using it as a periscope, or a rear-view mirror, or a camera (in a fatal frame game), or whatever.

The possibilities that controller brings over your standard dual-analog controller is awesome, but Nintendo screwed up by making an underpowered console with limited features that isn't PC-like in its design, so why would 3rd parties make games for it over the PC/PS4/Xbone?

Just like the Wii Remote, the Wii U pad won't get utilized very well (Wii Remote was another awesome idea.....just wish it had better tech behind it).

#23 Posted by Sword-Demon (6960 posts) -

I think the wii u gamepad is awesome. Yes, it's big; but its size doesn't get in the way at all. on the contrary, it's very comfortable and all of the buttons are easy to get to. Depending on the developer, the gamepad screen can make things more convenient (quick map \ inventory or off tv gaming) to controls (wonderful 101, art academy). And the gyroscope allows for quick and accurate aiming (windwaker hd). It's easily one of my favorite controllers of all time; the only things wrong with it are the battery life and that it's only single touch.

I don't see many people bashing the ds\3ds bottom screen, so idk why so many hate the wii u gamepad when it's the exact same concept.

The wii u certainly has some problems, but the controller isn't one of them.

#24 Posted by voljin1987 (693 posts) -

It's used as a horn in the new Mario Cart. A horn. Gimmie a break.

Mario Kart. Fixed

#25 Edited by Micropixel (862 posts) -

@nini200 said:

No but they did screw up with releasing the console without the ability to stream multiple Gamepad controllers simultaneously.

But the Wii U can support more than one Gamepad simultaneously. The option currently isn't available in any games yet, but the console is dual Gamepad ready. [Source]

#26 Edited by KungfuKitten (20835 posts) -

Gargantuan?! You clearly don't have a Wii-U. It's not heavy, it's not too big, it's fine. It's more comfy than say a 360 controller because of their stupid battery pack.

#27 Edited by bulby_g (1039 posts) -

I love it personally. One of the best controllers I've used.

#28 Edited by bezza2011 (2372 posts) -

it just doesn't add anything to the experience, i mean the Wii came out and it had motion control, that was an experience playing games in a different way, but Wii U it's just a second screen, all it does is free up the main screen of rubbish and puts it on the other screen, they just tried to mimmick the sucess of the 3ds/ds, which on a home console just doesn't give me anything i truly need.

it's alright having all them controller options but isn't that the worst part, companies will look at it and think there to many options which not all will have except the screen.

#29 Posted by aroxx_ab (9258 posts) -

I love it, it is so great in Windwaker HD, only downside is batterytime

#30 Edited by emgesp (2082 posts) -

All that money Nintendo spent on the Wii U's gamepad should have gone into building a more powerful machine. Pro Controller is superior anyways.

#31 Posted by dobzilian (2490 posts) -

Its a great Controller. Much better than the PS3 and 360's Controllers.

#32 Posted by freedomfreak (39100 posts) -

It's not gargantuan. I'm surprised at how well made of a controller it is.

Just wish Nintendo or other developers utilized it properly like it is used for ZombiU. Then again, I haven't played all WiiU games out there. But the way ZombiU mixes tension with inventory management, looting, and weapon management..

No game like it.

#33 Edited by Sagem28 (10498 posts) -

It's actually not that big. It fits surprisingly well in your hands.
I was surprised.

What kind of battery does it have tho ?
USB plug in to recharge ?

#34 Posted by superbuuman (2676 posts) -

they screw up by having a controller that's too expensive & not being able to support 2 of them..also weird controller combination when it comes to local co-op play...tho biggest screw up is only releasing 2 games at launch...& having old 3rd party ports. :P

#35 Posted by MonsieurX (29483 posts) -

@MonsieurX: nintengodno screwed up with the wii ewww period.

Yet,you're the only one that keeps complaining about it here.

And you never touched one

#36 Edited by Gue1 (9492 posts) -

the Wii U pad and Wii-mote are both running for worst controller ever made. A second screen is like the most pointless gimmick that Nintendo has come up with as already proven by the DS, so why even bother making a console controller around it? Couldn't they come up with something better?

Like seriously, in what world is better to have a map on the controller instead of on a corner of the screen? They say the action is seamless because you don't have to pause the game to look for items and stuff but what difference does it make when you still have to change your view from the main-screen to the controller screen?

I watched some of the implementations for Deus Ex and they tried sooo hard to use that second screen... I LoL'd. XD

#37 Posted by freedomfreak (39100 posts) -

@Sagem28 said:

It's actually not that big. It fits surprisingly well in your hands.

I was surprised.

What kind of battery does it have tho ?

USB plug in to recharge ?

Yes. It comes with a charger that you can plug into your WiiU controller stand, or you can just plug it into your controller.

#38 Posted by foxhound_fox (87624 posts) -

@foxhound_fox: They could have used it for anything. A map of the road, of the leader board, of anything. They used it as a horn. What a joke. They used it as a really large button.

Okay, and your point? Why does it have to be used meaningfully in every game? If they cannot come up with a compelling use for the touchscreen to pull attention away from the main screen, then what's the point? To justify it's being there? There are plenty of other opportunities for it to be used meaningfully and creatively.

#39 Posted by Gue1 (9492 posts) -

@Basinboy said:

No, it's biggest failing is its online MP and lack of third-party interest.

Not much has been done with the controller thus far but they have plenty of time to utilize it and make it worth the investment.

Its biggest drawback is its poor battery life. Were that better, it'd be more excusable. Also its cost certainly took away from other areas of the system.

no one will find a good use for the controller because it has no use!

#40 Posted by FinalFighters (1385 posts) -

i like it. but i prefer the Pro controller for the fighting games

#41 Edited by Sagem28 (10498 posts) -

@Sagem28 said:

It's actually not that big. It fits surprisingly well in your hands.

I was surprised.

What kind of battery does it have tho ?

USB plug in to recharge ?

Yes. It comes with a charger that you can plug into your WiiU controller stand, or you can just plug it into your controller.

Thank God Nintendo joined the 21st century.
Great news.

#42 Edited by Heil68 (43414 posts) -

No, some games it works really well with. I think the console as a whole and what it offers is the problem, not the gamepad.

#43 Edited by MFDOOM1983 (8453 posts) -

Never had an issue with the size of the controller when I owned a wii-u. The gamepad sucking up precious budget from the console hardware itself is a bigger travesty though.

#44 Edited by telefanatic (2861 posts) -

Most definitely, i owned the system for two days and sold it on craigslist for profit. Playing games just felt so uncomfortable coming from regular controller.

#45 Posted by StrongDeadlift (5146 posts) -

No. It screwed up with:

-The price

-The name

-The lack of marketing

-The specs (in respect to complications with most games running worse than 360, and missing features, glitchy, bug ridden, etc)

-The clusterfuck of missing features, complications, etc.

-only having 8GB and 32GB of storage.

#46 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

Yes, but the current gen specs is what really killed it.

#47 Posted by YearoftheSnake5 (7180 posts) -

The gamepad is an awesome controller. The biggest blunder is the god-awful and hardly existent ad campaign. Many didn't 'get' what the Wii U even was. Software delays and the meh launch lineup also contributed to the severe fumble.

#48 Posted by kingjazziephiz (2404 posts) -

@carljohnson3456: that was a build from E3. They'll probably add a mini map and all that jazz when the game Is released. Stop nitpicking

#49 Edited by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30917 posts) -

@carljohnson3456: that was a build from E3. They'll probably add a mini map and all that jazz when the game Is released. Stop nitpicking

It already had a mini map at the E3 build it also had a leader board and you can switch between the horn and the map/leader board by tapping the side of the gamepad.

#50 Posted by VERTIGO47 (6246 posts) -

Yes and they screwed up with lack of marketing, pos underpowered console and lack of HDD space (in 2013 no less!) and lack of 3rd party support.

I mean really what difference does it make if I were to keep looking at the TV screen, click a button for a secondary window option and then fiddle with more options......vs......looking down on a tiny screen slapped on to a game pad and doing the same thing, which is quite distracting if I were playing a fast paced game. What? Paused the game and then look down on the gamepad? That's dumb and gimmicky really. Gimmicky because it ONLY SUPPORTS 2.....that's right just 2 Gamepads, while the other Two players use the Controller Pro? WTF? I thought the Gamepad was the MAIN FOCUS? Contradictory to what Nintendo's plans are. That's why its a GIMMICK. Why not just support 4 Gamepads to even out the playing field? Let me guess....WiiU isn't powerful enough? 4 power chords is too much clutter if Gamepad power dries up? LOL

So, I play a game and then look up down up down up down up down up down up down up down up down up down up down up down up down up down up down up down on gamepad....rinse repeat....LOL.

Sure you can play on the Gamepad screen and while the TV is off. But that doesn't apply to me, since I have my own apartment.

Hey just being honest and real...

...Waits for sheep enlightenment 4or dis Cee Oh Dee, Haylow, Geerz, Brohfisst Gaimor.....lololol