Friday, September 14, 2012
Wii U Gamepad Not Sold Separately
The Wii U launches November 18th for the US and November 30th for Europe. It looks pretty good with all the new options, features and small jumps in innovation. However, the launch will be hindered by a certain flaw. There are no launch titles for the Wii U that will feature Co-Op play. This is a bit of a surprise, but not nearly as much as the news on why. The system cannot handle playing with two Gamepads. There won't even be a way to buy a second Wii U Gamepad.
That's right, the Wii U Gamepad is exclusive to the console bundle only. At least until Q1 of 2013. Even if you can afford a second controller ($180 retail), you won't be able to. So what does Nintendo say to do if you break one? They advise buying a Wii U Pro controller (49.99 retail). This limits your gameplay drastically, as there is no tablet function. This removes a lot of the additional options for the console as well, since the tablet controls most of the features for the TVii. It also looks suspiciously like another controller.
How this will affect Q4 sales this year is unknown, but best bet is probably not much.