A lot of hubub has come about since the announcement that Nintendo does not plan to sell separate Wii U controllers. Many, including the writers on this site belive that means that the promise of the system won't come to pass. I expect that smart developers will have options in place to make this a non issue. I can off the top of my head think of several easy options to provide players:
- Have a two player setup where, if competing one player sits with their back to the TV. Not possible in all household configurations.
- You pass the screen controller around and play on classic controllers or Wii remotes and nunchucks. This would take away the time sensitivity in a situation like picking plays, but it would be a conciet. For card games it would be a bummer to not be able to plan ahead, but it does allow you to hold back your hand.
- Households with DS systems can use download play to suplement the main screen controller. This would not be capable of handling full game streams, but could handle Uno cards and play picking. If my DS can download an Okamiden Demo I am sure it can handle this. At this point it even becomes a trojan horse to sell their handheld.
I realy think they want to empower us with what they want, but are scared of what they ran into with GBA connectivity and the costs associated with that, but if we have enough options through, hot swap, 3DS and another owner's pad we should be safe.
I personally think they are most scared of hater math
Before anyone who reads this blog challenges me, I openly love Nintendo stuff, recognize the warts, but am nontheless a fan.