The Wii U Could Have Been a Handheld Console InsteadLuke Plunkett6/22/11 2:30amFiled to: Game manWii uWiiNintendoNews166EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe main appeal of the Wii U, other than the promise of Mario and Zelda in HD, is its large controller with a fancy touch screen. That controller wasn't ordained to be a controller from the start, though."During the roundtable discussions there were such arguments about should we make it capable of being a standalone system or should we make it work only with the [base console] system," Nintendo president Satoru Iwata told Gamasutra. Like one of those homemade GameCube portable units, then, only official. Thankfully, Nintendo quickly came to their senses.