Wii U Gamepad Wont Be Sold Separately at Launch

Last week, Nintendo finally took the covers off of its highly anticipated Wii U console, revealing a U.S. release date of November 18th and two launch packages up for pre-order.

But what was surprising to many is that the company didn't detail any pricing plans for additional Wii U GamePad controllers. In a Q&A session after the reveal, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated,

"Through the launch window, there are no games that leverage a second controller. And so, during the launch window here in NOA [Nintendo of America] territories, we will not be selling at retail a second gamepad."

"But certainly, when the games come out, we'll be making that accessory available," he added. Since the unique GamePad controller is one of the console's most tantalizing features, it's a bit of a party pooper to learn there won't be support for more than one at launch. 

Although the company is already offering separate GamePad sales in Japan, there still isn't a confirmed date when they'll arrive in the states. But in an interview with 1UP, Nintendo of America's Bill Trinen stated, "The dual-GamePad functionality, we expect to start seeing that in games sometime next year." So for now, it looks we'll just have to learn to share the GamePad while playing one of the many Wii U local multiplayer titles.


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  • Inferno1217
    So.... You get to play with yourself?
  • dudewitbow
    inferno1217So.... You get to play with yourself?

    some games use wiiU pro controllers. other games will utilize both the traditional wii controller as well as the WiiU tablet. Ideally, games can go up to 6 players, if a game came out that utilized 4 wii remotes and 2 WiiU gamepads.
  • sicom
    So if your controller is broken for whatever reason between now and "sometime next year" you're screwed?