Nintendo Looking into Games that Support Two Wii U Controllers

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Nintendo's Wii U controller is such an extraordinary device that we've been hearing some skepticism from readers that the company would expect gamers to have more than one of them. After all, the thing looks expensive. It's got a screen, and a mic, and a camera, and lots of buttons.

Is Nintendo going to expect people to have four of these things for local multiplayer games?

Katsuya Eguchi, who is working on a five-player Wii U prototype here, doesn't make it sound like that'll be a requirement. In fact, it may not even happen at all.


"We're considering our options with maybe two screens," Eguchi told Kotaku, who said he considers multiple New Controller games to be "an interesting idea." That would mean games that used two new Wii U controllers. Eguchi's five-player prototype, here at E3, has one person using a new controller and four other people using Wii Remote-Nunchuck combos.

While Eguchi didn't explain why Nintendo isn't looking into four-new-controller gaming, it's possible that the Wii U couldn't output to four screens at once (plus a TV). It's also simply possible that Nintendo would find that configuration too pricey for its customers. Nintendo hasn't said what the new controller will cost. But Eguchi answered my question about whether gamers should be concerned about the controller's price by saying that "I do understand that if the price is too high that would be an obstacle."

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Ryuuga Hideki - Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Wow. Limiting it to one controller per system literally just deflated a large portion of my enthusiasm for this system.

I mean, I can understand not wanting to scare off consumers with the sheer price of it, since these things will likely not be cheap, but at the same time that didn't stop them from trying to combine forces with 2 different systems back in the day. But to not expect that people would want to actually use 4 of these? How did that not come up?

Just thinking about getting a new Four Swords Adventures or Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was getting me pumped, not to mention the myriad other uses like that if each person had an individual screen in addition.

Hopefully this is just a red herring so they can wow us with a later announcement at TGS, but with how this was worded, I'm not holding my breath.


From elation to indifference at the flip of a switch. This is the first time Nintendo's done that to me that I can remember.